Francesco Panerai

Francesco Panerai

Francesco Panerai

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  • Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (Rhode-Saint-Genese, Belgium) and University of Perugia (Perugia, Italy) 2012. Thesis: "Aerothermochemical Characterization of Thermal Protection Systems". Thesis Advisors: Prof. Olivier Chazot, Prof. Gianluca Rossi.

Academic Positions

  • 2012. Postdoctoral Fellow, Aeronautics and Aerospace Department, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (Rhode-Saint-Genese, Belgium). Advisor: Prof. Olivier Chazot
  • 2012 - 2015. Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY) . Advisor: Prof. Alexandre Martin
  • 2019 - present. Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2020 - present. Assistant Professor (by courtesy), Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2022 - present. Assistant Professor (by courtesy), Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Other Professional Employment

  • Material Scientist, Thermal Protection Systems and Materials Branch, NASA Ames Research Center - AMA Inc. (Moffett Field, CA) 2012 - 2018

Research Interests

  • Aerothermodynamics
  • High temperature materials
  • Hypersonics

Chapters in Books

Selected Articles in Journals

Teaching Honors

  • Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence (2022)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, UIUC (2021)

Research Honors

  • AIAA Associate Fellow (2023)
  • NASA Software of the Year Award (2022)
  • Air Force Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) (2019)
  • Analytical Mechanics Associates Group Achievement Award - The Asteroid Threat Assessment Project Arc Jet Team (2017)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award - Micro-Scale TPS Modeling Team (2017)
  • von Karman Institute Excellence in Experimental Research Award (2008)

Recent Courses Taught

  • AE 312 - Compressible Flow
  • AE 419 - Aircraft Flight Mechanics
  • AE 480 - Hypersonic Aerothermodynamics
  • AE 498 HAT (AE 498 ONL) - Hypersonic AeroThermodynamics
  • ME 410 - Intermediate Gas Dynamics

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