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Juan J. Alonso

Vance D. and Arlene C. Coffman Professor


  • Professor, Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University, 2015-present.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University, 2004-2015.
  • Director, Fundamental Aeronautics Program Office, NASA Headquarters, 2006-2008.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University, 1997-2004.
  • Ph.D., Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 1997.
  • M.A., Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 1993.
  • B.S., Aeronautics & Astronautics, MIT, 1991.


The work in our group is focused on research and development of new high-fidelity, multidisciplinary methods and techniques for the analysis and design of complex aerospace systems. The focus is on the development of the methods and their use in realistic test cases in order to assess their value. In the past, our research has involved transonic, supersonic, and hypersonic aircraft, helicopters, turbomachinery, and launch and re-entry vehicles. Current research topics of interest in the group include:

  • High-fidelity computational analysis of multiple disciplines (fluid mechanics, structures, acoustics, etc.)
  • Advanced methodologies for treatment of multi-disciplinary design.
  • Multi-fidelity/variable-fidelity techniques for aerospace design.
  • Including uncertainties in the analysis and design process (UQ and robust design).
  • System-level analysis / assessment of technology benefits.
  • Design of very advanced aircraft able to meet the challenges of the NextGen.