The Collaborative Center for Aerospace Sciences (CCAS) is a multi/transdisciplinary collaborative research center focused on the pursuit of fundamental and applied basic studies relevant to aerospace systems. Research projects broadly span the computational and experimental arenas, and are conducted at UCLA as well as the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/ RQ) at Edwards Air Force Base, located approximately 130 miles northeast of the UCLA campus. UCLA faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers collaborate with AFRL scientists and engineers, working on high-impact problems to advance US capabilities in aerospace systems.

UCLA Research Groups Affliliated with CCAS:


Information on upcoming joint CCAS seminars:

  • At UCLA:
    • Thursday, November 16, 2017, 4-5pm, 47-124 Engr IV: "Natural and Forced Dynamics of Reacting Wakes," Joint MAE Thermo/Fluids and AFRL-UCLA CCAS Seminar, Professor Tim Lieuwen, Professor and David S. Lewis, Jr. Chair, School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.

    • Friday, January 19, 2018, 11am-12pm, 38-138 Engr IV: "Falling clouds of particles," Joint MAE Thermo/Fluids and AFRL-UCLA CCAS Seminar, Dr. Elisabeth Guazzelli, Aix Marseille University, CNRS, and IUSTI, Marseille, France.

Presentation slides from the AFRL - UCLA CCAS Basic Research Review, held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, may be found at the CCAS Seminars/Reviews website

Featured Researcher

Dr. Daniel I. Pineda is a UCLA postdoctoral scholar currently working in the Laser Spectroscopy and Gas Dynamics Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. His research involves using novel laser absorption spectroscopic methods to interrogate the ignition kinetics of transportation fuel blends for advanced chemical propulsion in aerospace applications. His other responsibilities at UCLA include formally mentoring The Rocket Project at UCLA, an undergraduate student club dedicated to the design, construction, and launching of rockets in intercollegiate competitions. Dr. Pineda received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012. From there, he continued on to the University of California, Berkeley to complete his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Combustion in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Recent projects have included uncertainty analysis in flame models and the development and testing of plasma-assisted ignition technologies for use in automotive engines.

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