Welcome to the Hypersonics and Computational Aerodynamics Group

We are a research group in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. We are currently comprised of six graduate students and Professor Zhong. Our group primarily focuses on fundamental physics based research of hypersonic flows using advanced numerical tools and the application of discovered fundamental knowledge to real world aerospace systems, such as the development of hypersonic planes and space vehicles. We have student members in all stages of their research from studying for their qualifying exam to writing their dissertation. Former group members include Associate Professors, Assistant Professors, Research Scientists, post-docs, and CFD consultants.

Research Interests: Our main research areas are computational fluid dynamics (CFD), hypersonic flows, instability and transition of hypersonic boundary layers, interaction of strong shocks and turbulence, and numerical simulation of wave energy harvesting. Our research projects have been supported by research grants from the AFOSR/NASA National Hypersonic Science Center in Laminar Turbulent Transition, the Department of Energy, Lockheed Martin and the National Science Foundation.

Recent News

  • Congratulations to Chris Haley on advancing to candidacy. 18 April 2018
  • Congratulations to Simon He for passing his PhD qualifying exam. 29 September 2017
  • Congratulations to Carleton Knisely on advancing to candidacy. 27 September 2017
  • Congratulations to Mike Miselis on advancing to candidacy. 10 August 2017

current research group (january 2017)


From left-to-right: Prof. Xiaolin Zhong, Carleton Knisely, Simon He, Michael Miselis, Christopher Haley, James Schields, Zeyu Bai, Danny Fong.

lab photo (april 2017)


From left-to-right: Simon He, James Schields, Zeyu Bai, Carleton Knisely, Michael Miselis, Christopher Haley.