University of Arizona Hypersonics infrastructure supports industry, government, and academic research.


"Systems integration differentiates us from our peers. Other institutions may be deep in one area, but the fact that we have aerodynamics, materials and mechanics, and Defense Navigation & Control working together makes us unique." —Dr. David Hahn


The University of Arizona hypersonics portfolio comprises three significant branches with national prominence:

  1. Aerodynamics: both experimental and computational
  2. Materials: including high-temperature materials and materials mechanics and structure
  3. Guidance Navigation & Control (GNC)


Roberto Fufaro

Dr. Roberto Fufaro

With a $4.5M grant from UCAH, Dr. Roberto Furfaro, Systems & Industrial Engineering, is developing AI-driven guidance, navigation and control systems for autonomous vehicles operating at hypersonic speeds. He is also deputy director of the university’s Space4 Center.

Erica Corral

Dr Erica Corral

Dr. Erica Corral, Materials Science & Engineering, an expert in ultra-high temperature ceramics designed to withstand hypersonic conditions, serves on a $100M DOD initiative, the University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics (UCAH) governance board and the technical leadership team.

Alex Craig

Dr. Stuart "Alex" Craig

Dr. Stuart “Alex” Craig, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, is leading a $12M+ expansion of the high-speed wind tunnel complex anchored by the Mach 5 Quiet Ludwieg Tube and the Arizona Polysonic Wind Tunnel. The world-class facilities are used heavily for basic and applied aerodynamics research and testing.