Iain Boyd

Research will create important data in field of hypersonics

May 12, 2020

Professor Iain Boyd is hoping new materials research funding from the U.S. Navy will lead to better understanding and management of heat transfer in hypersonic vehicles through the use of ultra-high-temperature ceramics. Boyd, who is based in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, said the research...

  Bullet-shaped interceptors defend the United States against attacking hypersonic weapons in an artist’s concept. Such defenses remain hypothetical. DARPA

‘National pride is at stake.’ Russia, China, United States race to build hypersonic weapons

Jan. 8, 2020

The US Department of Defense is leading a new charge, pouring more than $1 billion annually into hypersonic research. Competition from ambitious programs in China and Russia is a key motivator. Although hype and secrecy muddy the picture, all three nations appear to have made substantial progress in overcoming...

Iain Boyd

Growing hypersonics and national defense research on campus

Sept. 25, 2019

Iain Boyd is thinking fast. Extremely fast. So fast that breaking the sound barrier is practically standing still. Welcome to the world of hypersonics, where the minimum speed is it least 3,836 mph, or five times the speed of sound. Boyd's work focuses on the physics problems of hypersonic flight...

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Welcoming four new faculty to Smead Aerospace

Aug. 26, 2019

The Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences is welcoming four new faculty members. Meet the team and see why we're so excited about these talented new hires: