Heather Kline

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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.

My research interests include:

  • Robust optimization and design under uncertainty.
  • Shape deformations of slender hypersonic vehicles.


Kline, H.L., Palacios, F., Alonso, J.J., "Sensitivity of the Performance of a 3-Dimensional Hypersonic Inlet to Shape Deformations," 19th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, AIAA Paper 2014-3228, Atlanta, GA, June 2014.