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Kenneth Powell | Faculty

Kenneth Powell

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor;

Professor, Aerospace Engineering;

Faculty Director, Center for Advanced Computing;
Faculty Director for Research Services, Office of Research Cyberinfrastructure

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Short Bio

Professor Powell is a member and past director of the W. M. Keck Foundation Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, and a co-founder and co-director of the Center for Space Environment Modeling and the the Center for Radiative Shock Hydrodynamics. At the undergraduate level, he teaches freshman computing, compressible flow, aerodynamics and aircraft design; at the graduate level, he teaches aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics. His research interests include: algorithm development for fluid dynamics, aerodynamics and plasmadynamics; and the application of computational methods to problems in aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, fluid dynamics and space environment/space weather. His articles appear in Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Journal of Computational Physics, and Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, among others. He is also a co-author of Multi-Media Fluid Mechanics. He has received a number of awards for his research, including a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, and a number of awards for his teaching, including the Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship. He is married to Susanne Maria Krummel; they have three children: Jasmine, Ryan and Nicole.

SB Aero 1982 Massachusetts Institute of Technology SB Math 1982 Massachusetts Institute of Technology SM Aero 1984 Massachusetts Institute of Technology SCD Aero 1987 Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
SCD Aerospace Engineering '87
SM Aerospace Engineering '84
SB Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics '82


  • Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
  • Sigma Xi
  • Tau Beta Pi

Specializations and Research Interests

Computational Fluid Dynamics, Compressible Flow, Aerodynamics, Numerical Methods for Plasmas, Computational Space Physics

Teaching Interests

  • AERO 325 - Aerodynamics
  • AERO 225 - Fluid dynamics
  • AERO 481 - Aircraft Design
  • AERO 524 - Aerodynamics II

Honors and Awards

  • Tau Beta Pi Teaching Award (1988, 1999, 2005).
  • College of Engineering Team Research Excellence Award (1999).
  • College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award (1992).
  • College of Engineering 1938 E Award.
  • Sigma Gamma Tau Teaching Award (1989, 1995).
  • NSF Presidential Young Investigator (1988).
  • NASA Special Achievement Award (1989).