Prof. Karen E Willcox

Visiting Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Co-Director, Center for Computational Engineering
Co-Director, (Department of Energy) Diamond Center

Primary DLC

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

MIT Room: 37-447

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Reduced-Order Modeling
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
Aircraft System Design
Environmental Impacts of Aviation
Model Reduction
Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

Research Summary

Professor Willcox leads the Silent Aircraft Design and Acoustic Integration research component of the Silent Aircraft Initiative (SAI) project. This component provides the integrative capability required by creating a framework for aircraft conceptual design with noise as the primary objective, and using this to provide quantitative assessment of performance and noise characteristics at the aircraft system level. The first step is development of a Silent Aircraft Design Framework which integrates existing aircraft design codes with acoustic and economic models and adapts them to innovative low-noise aircraft designs. We will then use this framework plus inputs from the operations and technology components to evaluate new low noise designs.

Recent Work