Our group carries out basic and applied research mainly in three fields: High-Performance Marine Vehicles, Advanced Energy Conversion Systems, and Unmanned Aerial Systems.
Our efforts in the area of High-Performance Marine Vehicles are focused on aero-hydrodynamics, dynamics and design of high-performance marine vehicles, including jet-supported amphibious platforms, wing-in-ground craft, air-lubricated hulls, hydrofoils, and small-waterplane-area ships.
In the area of Advanced Energy Conversion Systems we conduct R&D on hydrogen liquefaction, thermoacoustic engines and refrigerators, and other thermofluid processes and systems.
Recently we started development of Unmanned Aerial Systems for special applications, such as long-endurance missions, UAV with vectored thrust, etc.
Our current research projects are supported by the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Office of Naval Research and Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation.
Building a transformable unmanned boat (for NSF-sponsored research)