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Graduate Seminar Series - Dr. Nathan R. Tichenor, Texas A&M Univeristy System


Nathan R. Tichenor, Ph.D.

Director of Hypersonic Facilities, Bush Combat Development Complex, Texas A&M University System

Friday, September 30, 2022, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
JH-109 projection:

Title: Advancing Integrated Hypersonics Research at the George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex

ABSTRACT: Integrated hypersonics advancement is a critical national defense priority but entails significant technical challenges - rapid vehicle design, improved modeling and simulation approaches, efficient ground testing methodologies, and new material solutions for the extreme environment are all required to push the state of the art forward for these systems. In response to this critical need, the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) and the State of Texas have made significant investments, in partnership with Army Futures Command, to establish the George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex (BCDC) at the TAMUS RELLIS campus. The purpose of the BCDC is to accelerate the development, integration, and transfer of critical technologies to revolutionize United States defense and national security by employing and partnering with world-class researchers and by providing relevant state-of-the-art laboratory and testing facilities ​to conduct research, development, and testing and evaluation. The national asset Ballistic, Aero-Optics, and Materials (BAM) Range is a keystone facility of the BCDC and will provide unique capabilities to accelerate the development and maturation of integrated hypersonics technologies.

BIO: Dr. Nathan Tichenor has over 15 years of experience leading research efforts to develop novel technologies and fundamental understanding for aerospace applications. He serves as the Director of Hypersonic Facilities and the lead of the Integrated Hypersonics and Directed Energy technical portfolio for the George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex (BCDC). As part of that role, Dr. Tichenor is leading the development of the large-scale Ballistic, Aero-Optics, and Materials (BAM) Range. He holds a Research Assistant Professor appointment in the Aerospace Engineering Department and maintains an active research group with graduate and undergraduate students. Prior to joining the Texas A&M faculty, Dr. Tichenor served over six years as the Director of Aerospace Sciences for a small R&D company, focusing on innovative and applied solutions for the aerospace industry and the U.S. Government. Dr. Tichenor received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University.