Lab Director

Hisham is an Assistant Professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at The University of Colorado Boulder and the director of the Magnetoaerodynamics and Aerospace Plasmas Laboratory. In addition, Hisham is concurrently affiliated as a part-time casual Member of Technical Staff at The Aerospace Corporation Colorado Springs, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center committed to the space enterprise.

His prior professional appointments include being a Member of Technical Staff at the Aerospace Corporation in the Astrodynamics Department, Colorado Springs and a research faculty member in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition, during his graduate studies at Georgia Tech as a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow, Hisham served in multiple Visiting Space Technologist tenures at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Langley Research Center, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

His technical background spans a range of topics, including engineering mechanics, structural and stress analysis, in-compressible and compressible fluid mechanics, numerical methods, design and optimization, and experimental plasma physics, with strong relevance to aerospace and mechanical engineering teaching and research topics. Hisham’s current research interests are in magnetohydrodynamics, planetary entry systems, hypersonics, and plasma physics.

Hobbies: Hisham played alto saxophone as a member of The University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Marching Band. In his free time, Hisham enjoys fitness, barbecuing, technology, and spending time with his family as a husband and father. 



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