Austin wins Young Investigator Award
AE Assistant Prof. Joanna M. Austin recently received a Young Investigator Award from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Austin’s proposal was one of 29 chosen from among 215 submitted.
The program supports scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years. Grant recipients must show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.
Austin’s work will focus on hypervelocity boundary layer studies for axisymmetric engine flowpaths. Her research areas are fluid mechanics, compressible flow and combustion.
Austin has been on the AE faculty since 2003. She earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics, and mechanical and space engineering in 1996 from the University of Queensland. She earned a master’s and PhD in aeronautical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1997 and 2003, respectively.