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Macdonald, Robyn

Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • Prof. Macdonald's research deals with modeling and simulation of hypersonic flows. In particular, she focuses on topics related to high-temperature gas phase chemistry, turbulence and transition modeling using a combination of large eddy simulation and direct numerical simulation.


  • hypersonic flows, non-equilibrium thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, computational fluid dynamics, turbulence modeling, large-eddy simulation, transition modeling


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courses taught

  • ASEN 3111 - Aerodynamics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    Develops the fundamental concepts of aerodynamics and provides a working knowledge for their application to the design of aircraft and launch vehicles operating at various speeds and altitudes, as well as the atmospheric forces on satellites.
  • ASEN 3711 - Aerodynamics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Introduces models for the analysis of subsonic, transonic, and supersonic flow. Teaches methodologies for the prediction of aerodynamics forces and moments experienced by aircraft. Develops a fundamental understanding of gas dynamics in nozzles with application to aircraft and rocket propulsion.
  • ASEN 5151 - High Speed Aerodynamics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Provides aerodynamic theory applicable to the high speed flight of subsonic, transonic, and supersonic aircraft, and hypersonic vehicles. Topics include linear theory of subsonic and supersonic speeds, the nonlinear theories of transonic and hypersonic speeds, and compressible boundary layers.
  • ASEN 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021


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