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Lewis, Mark J.

Lewis, Mark J.
Professor
Department of Aerospace Engineering
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301-405-1133

Research Interests 

Research in hypersonic aerodynamics, advanced propulsion, and engine-airframe interaction

Education 

  • S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( Earth and Planetary Science)
  • S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology   ( Aeronautics & Astronautics)
  • S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Aeronautics & Astronautics)
  • Sc.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Aeronautics & Astronautics)

Selected Publications 

Journal Articles

  • Joshua E. Johnson; Ryan P. Starkey; Mark J. Lewis, “Aerothermodynamic Optimization of Reentry Heat Shield Shapes for a Crew Exploration Vehicle,” AIAA Journal of Spacecraft & Rockets, Vol. 44, No. 4, July/Aug 2007, pp. 849-859.
  • Joshua E. Johnson; Ryan P. Starkey; Mark J. Lewis, “Aerodynamic Stability of Reentry Heat Shield Shapes for a Crew Exploration Vehicle,” AIAA Journal of Spacecraft & Rockets, Vol. 43, No. 4, July/Aug 2006, pp. 721-730.
  • Adam F. Dissel; Ajay P. Kothari; Mark J. Lewis, “Comparison of Horizontally and Vertically Launched Aibreathing and Rocket Vehicles” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets 2006, vol.43 no.1, pp. 161-169.
  • Mark J. Lewis; Kerrie A. Smith , "Time-Averaged Entropy and Total Pressure Ratios Across Unsteady Inlet Shock Waves" Journal of Propulsion and Power (0748-4658) 2005 vol. 21 no. 6, pp. 997-1007.
  • Beason, D., and Lewis, M. J. “The Warfighter’s Need for Science and Technology.” Air and Space Power Journal, Vol. XIX, No. 4, Winter 2005, pp 71-81.
  • Santos, W., Lewis, M., “Aerothermodynamic Performance Analysis of Hypersonic Flow on Power Law Leading Edges,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, vol. 42 no. 4, July-August 2005, pp. 588-597.
  • Santos, W., Lewis, M., “Calculation of Shock Wave Structure over Power Law Bodies in Hypersonic Flow,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, vol. 42 no. 2, March-April 2005, pp. 213-222.

Submitted Journal Articles

  • Johnson, J. E., Starkey, R. P., and Lewis, M. J., “Multi-Objective Optimization of Earth Entry Vehicle Heat Shields,” Submitted to the AIAA Journal of Spacecraft & Rockets. Dec 2008.
  • Beerman, A.F.*, Lewis, M.J., Starkey, R.P., Cybyk, B.Z., “Significance of Nonequilibrium Surface Interactions in Stardust Return Capsule Ablation Modeling ,” Submitted to Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, May 2008.
  • Dissel, A., Kothari, A., Raghavan, V., and Lewis, M. J., "Investigation of Two- Stage- to- Orbit Air- Breathing Launch Vehicle Configurations", accepted for publication AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, May 2005.
  • Lewis, M., Chauffor, M., “Shock-Based Waverider Design with Pressure Gradient Corrections and Computational Simulations," accepted for publication, Journal of Aircraft, 2005, vol. 42 no. 5, pp. 1350-1352.
  • Dissel, A., Kothari, A., and Lewis, M.J., “Comparison of Horizontally and Vertically Launched Air-Breathing and Rocket Vehicles,” accepted for publication AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, January 2005.
  • Colville, J., Starkey, R. P., and Lewis, M. J., “Axisymmetric Inlet Design for Combined-Cycle Engines,” accepted for publication in AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, December 2005.
  • Johnson, J., Starkey, R. P., and Lewis, M. J. “Aerodynamic Stability of Re-Entry Heat Shield Shapes for a Crew Exploration Vehicle”, AIAA–2005-4112, 41st AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, Tucson, Arizona, July 10-13, 2005. Accepted for publication, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, November 2005.

Conference Proceedings

  • Joshua E. Johnson; Mark J. Lewis; Ryan P. Starkey, “Coupled Entry Heat Shield/Trajectory Optimization for Lunar Return,” AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, AIAA Paper 2008-6557, Aug 2008.
  • Joshua E. Johnson; Mark J. Lewis; Ryan P. Starkey, “Analysis of Optimal Earth Entry Heat Shield/Trajectory Configurations,” 15th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, AIAA Paper 2008-2594, Apr 2008.
  • Ramasubramanian, V.*, Starkey, R., and Lewis, M., "Numerical Simulations of Busemann Hypersonic Inlets At Finite Flight Angles," AIAA-2008-7497, presented at the 26th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 18-21, 2008
  • Joshua E. Johnson; Mark J. Lewis; Ryan P. Starkey, “Coupled Entry Heat Shield/Trajectory Optimization for Lunar Return,” AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, AIAA Paper 2008-6557, Aug 2008.
  • Kurits, I.*, Lewis, M., and Hamner, M., “Global Heat-Transfer Measurements on the NASA Crew Exploration Vehicle at AEDC Tunnel 9”, AIAA-2008-3947, presented at the 26th AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology and Ground Testing Conference, Seattle, Washington, June 23-26, 2008.
  • Johnson, J.*, Lewis, M., and Starkey, R. “Analysis of Optimal Earth Entry Heat Shield/ Trajectory Configurations,” AIAA-2008-2594, presented at the 15th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonics Systems and Technologies Conference, Dayton, Ohio, 28 Apr – 1 May 2008.
  • Ramasubramanian, V., Sarkey, R., and Lewis, M. “An Euler Numerical Study of Busemann and Quasi-Busemann Hypersonic Inlets,” AIAA-2008-66, AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Reno, NV, Jan. 2008.
  • Beerman, A.*, Lewis, M, Starkey, R., and Cybyk, B., “Nonequilibirum Surface Interactions Ablation Modeling with the Fully Implicit Ablation and Thermal Response Program,” AIAA 2008-1224, AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Reno, NV, Jan. 2008.
  • Joshua E. Johnson; Ryan P. Starkey; Mark J. Lewis, “Multi-Objective Optimization of Entry Vehicle Heat Shields with Reentry Trajectory Analysis,” 58th International Astronautical Congress, Hyderabad, India, IAC-07-C2.7.09, Sept 2007.
  • Beksinski, David, Starkey, Ryan, and Lewis, Mark, "Characterization of Feasilibity, Methods, and Requirements for Lunar Mission Abort Trajectories," presented at the AAS Winter meeting, 22-26 Jan. 2006, Sacramento, CA.
  • Gasbarre, J., Wright, H., and Lewis, M. J., “A Design Comparison of Atmospheric Flight Vehicles for the Exploration of Titan,” AIAA 2005-6235, presented at the AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, San Francisco, CA Aug. 15-18, 2005.
  • Barkmeyer, D., Starkey, R. P., and Lewis, M. J., “Inverse Waverider Design for Inward Turning Inlets,” AIAA-2005-3915, 41st AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, Tucson, Arizona, July 10-13, 2005.
  • Dissel, A., Kothari, A., Raghavan, V., and Lewis, M. J. ,”System Analysis of Launch Transportation Options for Crew Exploration Vehicle,” AIAA-2005-4366, 41st AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, Tucson, Arizona, July 10-13, 2005.
  • Johnson, J., Starkey, R. P., and Lewis, M. J. “Aerodynamic Stability of Re-Entry Heat Shield Shapes for a Crew Exploration Vehicle”, AIAA–2005-4112, 41st AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, Tucson, Arizona, July 10-13, 2005.
  • Dissel, A., Kothari, A., and Lewis, M. J., “Weight Growth Study of Reusable Launch Vehicle Systems,” AIAA-2005-4369, 41st AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, Tucson, Arizona, July 10-13, 2005.
  • Colville, J., Starkey, R. P., and Lewis, M. J., “Extending the Flight Mach Number of the SR-71 Inlet,” AIAA-2005-3284, 13th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, Capua, Italy, May 16-20, 2005.
  • Minton, D., Lewis, M. J., and Van Wie, D., “Plasma and Magnetohydrodynamic Effects on Incipient Separation in a Cold Supersonic Flow,” AIAA-2005-3224, 13th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, Capua, Italy, May 16-20, 2005.
  • Minton, D., Lewis, M. J., and Van Wie, D., “Plasmas for Scramjet Flow Control," International High Temperature Plasmadynamics Conference, Moscow, Russia, May 2005.
  • Scott, C., Starkey, R. P., and Lewis, M. J., “Horizontal Launch Vehicle Weight Modeling for Future Lunar Exploration-Class Payloads,” AIAA-2005-4368, 41st AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, Tucson, AZ, July 10-13, 2005.

Honors and Awards 

  • 2007 Aviation Week Laureate
  • 2007 AIAA/IECEC Terrestrial Energy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2007 Best Paper in Conference, International Congress on Instrumentation in Aerospace
  • 2007 Energy Systems Lifetime Achievement Award, AIAA
  • 2007 Aviation Week & Space Technology Laureate
  • 2005 DoD Award for Meritorious Service

Professional Memberships 

  • AIAA Fellow research
  • ASME Associate Fellow
  • AIAA Member of Hypersonics Technology and Aerospace Planes Committee
  • Advanced Propulsion Committee
  • Terrestrial Energy Committee, Future Technologies Working Group, and Deputy Director of Education for AIAA Region I.
  • Also Served on DoD "TARA" review panel, the National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship Selection panel, the ONR Summer Faculty Selection Panel, and several panels for NASA.

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