Andrew Meade, professor of mechanical engineering (MECH) at Rice University, will do research with the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate for the next two years at NASA’s Ames Research Center (ARC) in Mountain View, Calif.
“I’ll be helping in their Convergent Aeronautics Solution as a project lead. I’ll be responsible for researching methods to merge computational fluid dynamics (CFD), wind tunnel experiments, and machine learning,” said Meade, who earned his B.S. in MECH from Rice in 1982, his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and who joined the Rice faculty in 1989.
“The project will have far-reaching effects on the work and programs of three branches at ARC -- wind tunnels, intelligent systems and CFD – and at other NASA centers,” Meade said.
The NASA research is an extension of Meade’s work with the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Intelligent Systems Technical Committee (ISTC). He will return to Houston to attend the annual ISTC workshop.
The workshop’s theme this year is “Robust autonomy and human-machine teaming in harsh, unprecedented or unpredictable environments: lessons learned and a look to the future”. It will be held July 28-29 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
Meade is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Physical Society.