Aerospace Engineering

Case Western Reserve University




Aerospace Engineering has long been a strength of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). In 1958, T. Keith Glennan, CWRU's President, was appointed NASA's first administrator. In the 1960s, the addition of Simon Ostrach and Eli Reshotko as faculty members further enhanced the University's reputation in aerospace. Ostrach, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Arts and Sciences, was honored by NASA in 1998 as one of the "12 Superstars of Modern Aeronautics" because of his work in buoyancy-driven flows and microgravity science. Reshotko, also a National Academy of Engineering member, was a leader in the field of compressible boundary layer theory, aerodynamic heating, and boundary layer transition.

Today, CWRU's Center of Excellence in Aerospace Engineering is engaged in research through the NASA Glenn Research Center. Of particular note is CWRU's contribution to the National Center for Space Exploration Research. The areas of expertise of CWRU researchers are wide-ranging, including reduced gravity fluid mechanics, reduced gravity combustion processes; heat transfer, two-phase flow, micro-fluidics, and phase change processes; computational multiphase fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer, computational simulation of physio-chemical fluid processes and human physiological systems, among other areas.

Driving Economic Advancement

A cluster of expertise exists throughout Northeast Ohio to help drive economic advancement in aerospace. This cluster includes CWRU and other universities; industry leaders such as Parker Hannifin, Brush Wellman, Goodrich Landing Gear; and the NASA Glenn Research Center. Coupled with the growing support of an innovation ecosystem to help spur start-ups and entrepreneurial activities (JumpStart, NorTech, Magnet, Ohio Aerospace Institute, The Innovation Fund, etc.), the region is ripe for economic and job development.


  • Demonstrable increase in external support in application-driven areas such as aerospace and alternative energy projects


  • Integrate CWRU research expertise with the new directions of NASA and the aerospace industry
  • Leverage CWRU's aerospace expertise to address the advanced energy agenda of NASA and the nation
  • Support technology transfer activities associated with aerospace research and the related manufacturing and advanced energy markets
  • Increase the number and diversity of faculty engaged in aerospace-related research


  • Number of grants received
  • Number of publications in peer reviewed journals
  • Number of corporate partnerships developed and maintained
  • Increase in activity at the NASA Glenn facility
  • Advancement of CWRU's reputation in the area of aerospace
  • Number of graduates with aerospace backgrounds and expertise