Dr. Rodi’s research areas are in high speed vehicle design, optimization, and applied artificial intelligence. He is an expert in waverider vehicle design and has originated a number of waverider vehicle classes with specific characteristics and/or capabilities. Patrick’s work in artificial intelligence has lead to new neural network designs capable of greatly increased accuracy, and innovative applications as diverse as spacecraft compartment venting analysis, astronaut crew assignments, and numerical grid generation.
Dr. Rodi joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as a Professor in the Practice in 2018. Patrick received his Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992. Prior to joining Rice University, Dr. Rodi worked in the aerospace industry for 23 years specializing in high speed aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, and vehicle design, most recently as a Lockheed Martin Fellow and as the AeroSciences Lead on the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle program. Patrick has authored over 50 papers on high speed aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics, optimization, artificial intelligence, and grid generation. Dr. Rodi is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA.