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:
- Energy and Propulsion Research Laboratory
Prof. Ann Karagozian, UCLA MAE Dept.
- Laboratory for Materials in Extreme Environments (MATRIX)
Prof. Nasr Ghoniem, UCLA MAE Dept.
- Complex Fluids and Interfacial Physics Laboratory
Prof. Pirouz Kavehpour, UCLA MAE Dept.
- Wirz Research Group Plasma and Space Propulsion
Prof. Richard Wirz, UCLA MAE Dept.
- The SOFIA Laboratory
Prof. Jeff Eldredge, UCLA MAE Dept.
- Laser Spectroscopy Lab
Prof. Mitchell Spearrin, UCLA MAE Dept.
- Hypersonics and Computational Aerodynamics Group
Prof. Xiaolin Zhong, UCLA MAE Dept.
- Davoyan Research Group
Prof. Artur Davoyan, UCLA MAE Dept.
- Institute for Digital Research and Education
Dr. Scott Friedman, IDRE CTO
Information on upcoming joint CCAS seminars:
- At UCLA:
- Friday, April 1, 2022, https://ucla.zoom.us/j/91668204407, 11am-12pm, Yuanhang Zhu, Brown University, “Nonlinear instabilities in hydrodynamic and aeroelastic systems“.
- Link to recording of Yuanhang Zhu’s seminar here (passcode 3gM6HA+B).
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
Dr. Artur Davoyan is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. His current research interests focus on light-materials interaction at the nanoscale for applications related to propulsion, thermal management, and energy and power applications. Among his recent contributions are materials analysis and design of a laser propelled spacecraft for a Breakthrough Starshot mission, large-scale control architectures for laser beam forming, nanometer thick coatings for visible and infrared spectral management, and atomically thin photovoltaic cells for ultralight weight power systems. He also contributed extensively to electromagnetics, including microwave, terahertz and optical photonics, metamaterials, antennas, plasmonics, and nonlinear systems. Prior to UCLA, has been a fellow of Kavli Nanoscience and Resnick Sustainability Institutes at Caltech and worked at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD in nonlinear physics 2011 from the Australian National University. He has also authored and co-authored 50 publications.
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