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Listing of all graduate and undergraduate students in the Aero-Optics Group.

Graduate Students

William (Robert) Burns

My primary resesarch interests include the application of control theory to aero-optics, developing new adaptive optics strategies, flow control techniques, and modeling/simulation/system identification of complex turbulent flows. I graduated with my bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kansas with a focus on UAV systems and software engineering. In my free time, I enjoy the beautiful South Bend summers by running and biking. In the winter when it's too cold to go outside, I'm a member of the ND Men's Boxing Club and participate in the annual Bengal Bouts.

Email: wburns1@nd.edu
Website: www3.nd.edu/~wburns1
Facebook: www.facebook.com/w.robert.burns
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/robert-burns/5/609/131

Nicholas De Lucca

Email: ndelucca@nd.edu

Grady Crahan

I earned my undergraduate Aerospace Engineering degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008.  Currently I am doing research on using passive flow control devices to increase the field of regard and critical Mach number for a hemisphere-on-cylinder turret.  Between research and classes, I enjoy golfing (11 handicap) and hiking, but winters in South Bend have forced me to also attend many Notre Dame football games when there is too much snow on the ground to hit the links.

Email: gcrahan@nd.edu
Website: www.nd.edu/~gcrahan/

Ryan Kelly

Email: rkelly6@nd.edu

Matthew Kemnetz

Email: mkemnetz@nd.edu
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/matthew-kemnetz/48/782/852

Edwin Matthews

I'm originally from New Orleans and received my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University in 2011. I came up here to Notre Dame later the same year and joined the Aero-Optics group to work on high-fidelity Large Eddy Simulations of aero-optical systems.

Email: emathew1@nd.edu

Adam Smith

I joined the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 2009 in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering's Institute for Flow Physics and Control (FlowPAC). I study the aero-optics of compressible, turbulent boundary layers (TBLs). My research has identified and experimentally evaluated two passive flow control techniques that are effective at mitigating aero-optic aberrations caused by TBLs. This work has shown that reductions in optical aberrations of up to 60% may be achieved. Results of these experiments were also used to validate and further develop existing theoretical models used for predicting TBL wavefront aberrations. 

Email: asmith31@nd.edu

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/adamedwinsmith

Mihn Tam Vu Nguyen

Email: mnguye@nd.edu