The Putnam Research Group is focused on developing future hypersonic and space systems. Researchers in the group leverage a variety of computational tools to develop and mature novel aerospace concepts, guide technology investment, and support industry and government research through expertise in:

  • Hypersonic and space systems
  • Entry, descent, and landing systems
  • Guidance, navigation, and control systems
  • Atmospheric and space flight mechanics
  • Mission design
  • Modeling and simulation

Graduate researchers in the Putnam Research Group have interned at NASA (Johnson Space Center, Ames Research Center, Marshall Spaceflight Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory.

Prospective graduate students should apply to the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois and specifically mention interest in the Putnam Research Group in their research statement.