Dr. Rodney Bowersox is the Department Head and Ford I Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station TX. He is the founder and director of the Texas A&M University National Aerothermochemistry and Hypersonics Laboratory. His research focus is on theoretical and experimental hypersonic viscous flows (turbulent and transitional), non-equilibrium gas dynamics, turbulence modeling, laser diagnostics, high-speed aerodynamics, sonic boom, and scramjet flows. He also develops state-of-the-art research facilities; for example, he designed two facilities for the AFRL air vehicle and directed energy directorates. He has received research sponsorship from the AFOSR, AFRL, ARO, DoD, NASA, NSF, ONR, and private industry. Dr. Bowersox is a DoD Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the International Society of Airbreathing Propulsion. He is an Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power.

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Academic Articles58
  • McManamen, B., Donzis, D. A., North, S. W., & Bowersox, R. (2021). Velocity and temperature fluctuations in a high-speed shock–turbulence interaction. Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 913, a10.
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  • Winner, J. D., Pan, F., McIlvoy, M. H., Bowersox, R., & North, S. W. (2019). Temperature perturbation related to the invisible ink vibrationally excited nitric oxide monitoring (VENOM) technique: a simulation study.. Appl Opt. 58(10), 2702-2712.
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  • Winner, J. D., West, N. A., McIlvoy, M. H., Buen, Z. D., Bowersox, R., & North, S. W. (2018). The role of near resonance electronic energy transfer on the collisional quenching of NO (A2+) by C6H6 and C6F6 at low temperature. Chemical Physics. 501, 86-92.
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  • Paul, A. K., West, N. A., Winner, J. D., Bowersox, R., North, S. W., & Hase, W. L. (2018). Non-statistical intermolecular energy transfer from vibrationally excited benzene in a mixed nitrogen-benzene bath.. J Chem Phys. 149(13), 134101-134101.
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  • Semper, M. T., & Bowersox, R. (2017). Tripping of a Hypersonic Low-Reynolds-Number Boundary Layer. AIAA Journal. 55(3), 808-817.
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Conference Papers96
  • Radespiel, R., Ali, S., Muoz, F., Bowersox, R., Leidy, A., Tanno, H., Kirk, L. C., & Reshotko, E. (2019). Experimental Investigation of Roughness Effects on Transition on Blunt Spherical Capsule Shapes. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. 56(2), 405-420.
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  • Kostak, H., Bowersox, R. D., McKiernan, G., Thome, J., Candler, G. V., & King, R. (2019). Freestream Disturbance Effects on Boundary Layer Instability and Transition on the AFOSR BOLT Geometry. AIAA Scitech 2019 Forum, AIAA Scitech 2019 Forum.
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  • Corke, T. C., & Bowersox, R. D. (2019). Hypersonic Boundary Layer Cross Flow Transition - Characteristics and Control. 2018 AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2018 AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting. (210059),
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  • Neel, I. T., Leidy, A., Tichenor, N. R., & Bowersox, R. (2018). Characterization of Environmental Disturbances on Hypersonic Crossflow Instability on the HIFiRE-5 Elliptic Cone. 22nd AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonics Systems and Technologies Conference, 22nd AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonics Systems and Technologies Conference.
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  • Leidy, A., Neel, I. T., Tichenor, N. R., Bowersox, R., & Schmisseur, J. D. (2018). Cylinder-Induced Hypersonic Transitional Shock Wave Boundary Layer Interactions: Pressure Fluctuations and Thermal Loading. 22nd AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonics Systems and Technologies Conference, 22nd AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonics Systems and Technologies Conference.
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