Heather Kline


Ph.D. Candidate, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 2013-Present.
M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 2013.
B.S., Dual Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2011.

Research Interests

My research is in the optimization of hypersonic vehicles for access to space. The objective of this research is to develop and improve on methods of robust simulation-based design for hypersonic vehicles incorporating uncertainties, multiphysics simulation, and multidisciplinary design objectives. I am using inlet-forebody mold lines of a hypersonic airbreathing launch vehicle as the design problem.

I am currently working on estimating the variation in thrust as a result of deformations in the inlet geometry of a three-dimensional hypersonic inlet. This work is supported by a NASA Office of the Chief Technologist's Space Technology Research Fellowship.

My research interests include:

  • Robust optimization and design under uncertainty.
  • Hypersonic airbreathing propulsion.
  • High fidelity simulation.
  • Shape deformations of slender hypersonic vehicles.


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