Brandon Johnson (M16), '08, mechanical engineering, was recently awarded the 2010 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Brandon's proposal was entitled "Monte Carlo-based Adjoint Methods for Hypersonic Vehicles” and was concerned with developing computational methods for use in uncertainty quantification and multi-disciplinary design optimization (MDO) for a reusable launch vehicle (RLV). Brandon's research will focus on hypersonic aircraft design.
Brandon is currently enrolled in a M.S. program at Stanford University and plans to take his Ph.D. qualifying exam in Fall 2010.