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Dr. Ryan Starkey

Photo of Ryan StarkeyDr. Ryan Starkey (McAnally Fellow) heads the Busemann Advanced Concepts Laboratory. He is currently an assistant professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Dr. Starkey's research interests include the study of hypersonic flows, high speed propulsion, multidisciplinary analysis and design optimization, vehicle design, propulsion/airframe integration, computational chemistry, systems integration, parallel processing, and computational aerodynamics.

A copy of Dr. Starkey's CV can be downloaded here.

Education

  • PhD, Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland, October 2000
  • MS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland, August 1998
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering (with Distinction), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, May 1996

Teaching Experience

Undergraduate

  • ASEN2004 - Introduction to Aerospace Vehicle Design and Performance: (5 credits) Required sophomore level course which gives an introduction to design and analysis of aircraft and spacecraft vehicles. Dr. Starkey teaches the aircraft design portion of the course.
  • ASEN4013 - Foundations of Propulsion: (3 credits) Required senior level course which describes aerothermodynamics and design of aerospace vehicle engines, including ramjets, turbojets, and rocket engines.
  • ASEN4018/4028 - Senior Design: (4 credits) Required course at the senior level. Dr. Starkey has been on the project advisory board for several projects, including DANtE (Demonstration of an Afterburner and Nozzle on a Turbojet Engine), BIOMITE (BIOfueled Miniature TurbojetEngine), and FENIX (Fluix Extraction for Nozzle Injection eXperiment).

Graduate

  • ASEN5018/6028 - Graduate Projects: (3 credits) A two-semester course sequence designed to expose MS and PhD students to Project Management and Systems Engineering disciplines while working a complex aerospace engineering project as part of a project team. Dr. Strakey has been on the advisory board for the GoJett (miniature turbojet and UAV attempting to break the world speed record) and HySoR (Hybrid Sounding Rocket) projects.
  • ASEN6013 - High Speed Propulsion: (3 credits) An advanced graduate course developed from scratch covering all aspects of mission design, propulsion system design, and engine/airframe integration for all types of air-breathing and rockets engines.

Research & Work Experience

Aug 2007 - Present: Assistant Professor/McAnally Faculty Fellow
Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Leads the Busemann Advanced Concept (BAC) Lab. Areas of research include high-speed aerodynamic and propulsion system design, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle design and flight testing, sonic-boom modeling, computational fluid dynamics, optimization under uncertainty, and advanced mathematical modeling algorithms.

Sep 2004 - Aug 2007: Associate Director
Space Vehicle Technology Institute (SVTI) at the University of Maryland, College Park
The SVTI is a NASA Constellation University Institutes Program (CUIP) member (with joint funding from the Department of Defense) teamed with faculty from University of Michigan, John Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington, and North Carolina A&T.

Nov 2000 - Aug 2007: Faculty Research Scientist
Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park
Managed research activities through the Center for Hypersonic Education and Research, as well as performad research on topics related to design, analysis, and optimization of high speed aerodynamic and propulsion systems.

Sep 1996 - Oct 2000: Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park
Generated analytical hypersonic waverider models, developed hypersonic airbreathing missile scale vehicles, developed a hydrogen/hydrocarbon finite-rate chemistry modeling methodology for scramjet engines, created a modified shock-expansion method, performed CFD validation studies, developed parallelized parallelized genetic algorithm optimization software, and developed concept vehicles for Boeing Space Transportation Concepts and Analysis Business Development Division. Research advisor was Dr. Mark Lewis.

Selected Awards

2012 - College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Faculty Advising Award
2011 - Carlson-Sullivan Innovation in Teaching Award
2008 - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Lawrence Sperry Award
1999 - Abe M. Zarem Award: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) award for Distinguished Achievement in Aeronautics
1999-2000 - Graduate Fellowship: University of Maryland Minta Martin Fellowship
1999 - McCarthy Award: International Conference of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) award finalist

Service

Affiliations

  • Associate Fellow, Lifetime Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
    • Chair, AIAA High-Speed Air-Breathing Propulsion Technical Committee (HSABP TC)
    • Member, AIAA Hypersonic Technologies and Aerospace Planes Program Committee (HyTASP PC)
  • Member, Association for Unmanned Vehicle System International (AUVSI)

Selected Publications

Professional Publications, Theses, and Dissertation:

  1. Starkey, R. P., “Investigation of Air-Breathing, Hypersonic Missile Configurations Within External Box Constraints,” UM-AERO 2000-18, Doctoral Dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, October 2000.
  2. Starkey, R. P., “A Parametric Study of L/D and Volumetric Efficiency Trade-Offs for Waverider Based Vehicles,” UM-AERO 98-01, Master's Thesis, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, March 1998.

Refereed Journal Articles:

  1. Starkey, R. P., “A Simple Analytical Model for Parametric Studies of Hypersonic Waveriders,” AIAA Student Journal, Winter 1999, pages 34-44.
  2. Starkey, R. P., and Lewis, M. J., “Simple Analytical Model for Parametric Studies of Hypersonic Waveriders,” AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Volume 36, Number 4, July-August 1999, pages 516-523.
  3. Starkey, R. P., and Lewis, M. J., “Analytical Off-Design Lift-to-Drag Ratio Analysis for Hypersonic Waveriders,” AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Volume 37, Number 5, September-October 2000, pages 684-691.
  4. Starkey, R. P., and Lewis, M. J., “Critical Design Issues for Air-Breathing Hypersonic Waverider Missiles,” AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Volume 38, Number 4, March 2001, pages 510-519.
  5. O'Brien, T. F., Starkey, R. P., and Lewis, M. J., “Quasi-One-Dimensional High-Speed Engine Model with Finite Rate Chemistry,” AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 17, Num. 6, Nov.-Dec. 2001, pages 1366-1374.
  6. Starkey, R. P., and Lewis, M. J., “Sensitivity of Hydrocarbon Combustion Modeling for Hypersonic Missile Design,” AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Volume 18, Number 1, January-February 2003, pages 89-97.
  7. Johnson, J., Starkey, R. P., Lewis, M. J., “Aerodynamic Stability of Re-Entry Heat Shield Shapes for a Crew Exploration Vehicle,” AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Volume 43, Number 4, July-August 2006, pages 721-730.
  8. Colville, J. R., Starkey, R. P., and Lewis, M. J., “Axisymmetric Inlet Design for Combined-Cycle Engines,” AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Volume 22, Number 5, September-October 2006, pages 1049-1058.
  9. Johnson, J., Starkey, R. P., and Lewis, M. J., “Aerothermodynamic Optimization of Re-Entry Heat Shield Shapes for a Crew Exploration Vehicle,” AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 44, No. 4, July-August 2007, pp. 849-859.
  10. Armellin, R., Lavagna, M., Starkey, R. P., and Lewis, M. J., “Aero-Gravity Assist Maneuvers: Coupled Trajectory and Vehicle Shape Optimization,” AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 44, No. 5, September-October 2007, pp. 1051-1059.
  11. Beerman, A., Lewis, M. J., Starkey, R. P., and Cybyk, B., "Significance of Nonequilibrium Surface Interactions in Stardust Return Capsule Ablation Modeling", AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, Vol. 23, No. 3, July-September, 2009, pp. 425-432.
  12. Johnson, J., Starkey, R. P., and Lewis, M. J., "Multi-Objective Optimization of Earth Entry Vehicle Heat Shields", accepted to AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Dec. 2010.