AE Gebhardt Lecture Series Presents: Boeing's Kevin Bowcutt

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    • Thursday February 23, 2017
      3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Location: Guggenheim Building Room 442
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    Free food
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Summary Sentence: ""Routine Hypersonic Flight: The Final Frontier of Aeronautics"

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You are invited to hear

"Routine Hypersonic Flight: The Final Frontier of Aeronautics"

A talk by

Dr. Kevin G. Bowcutt

Chief Scientist for Hypersonics
The Boeing Company

Guggenheim 442 @ 3:30pm

Efforts to develop technologies enabling hypersonic flight have been ongoing since the late 1940’s. During this time substantial advancements have been made in hypersonic propulsion systems such as scramjets, high-temperature structural materials and thermal protection systems, and advanced vehicle design methods and tools. Taken together, these advancing technologies are moving mankind ever closer to achieving routine hypersonic flight, which will enable dramatically faster military missions and global transportation, and substantially more affordable space transportation.

This presentation will address the key technical aspects and challenges of hypersonic vehicle design, and will summarize progress made in maturing technologies critical to the development of practical hypersonic systems. The successful X-51A flight test program will be highlighted. The presentation will conclude by describing a vision for hypersonics.

About Dr. Bowcutt...

Dr. Kevin G. Bowcutt is a Boeing Senior Technical Fellow and Chief Scientist of Hypersonics for The Boeing Company, with 34 years of experience. He is an AIAA Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland. Dr. Bowcutt is an internationally recognized expert in hypersonic aerodynamics, propulsion integration, and vehicle design and optimization. Notable accomplishments include developing the viscous-optimized waverider, originating the concept and optimizing the design of the X-51A scramjet-powered vehicle, and working on the Space Shuttle Columbia accident investigation simulating wing aero-thermal-structural failure. Dr. Bowcutt leads Boeing’s efforts to design and develop advanced hypersonic missiles, airplanes, and space-plane concepts.

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Faculty/Staff, Undergraduate students, Graduate students
aerospace engineering
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