Aerospace Engineering Seminar Series: Matthew A. Clarke

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
2164 Martin Hall, DeWalt Seminar Room/Hybrid
Brent Barbee

SPEAKER: Matthew A. Clarke    
Boeing School of Engineering Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

TITLE: Formalizing Assessment Metrics of Sustainable Aviation Through Physics-Based Modeling

TOPIC: Advances in electric propulsion architectures have given rise to novel concepts that can potentially reduce carbon emissions and alleviate rising traffic congestion stemming from urbanization and on-demand delivery. A limited understanding of emerging energy storage systems coupled with the use of archaic tools for modeling unconventional configurations has however plagued the development of such novel aircraft. To compound problems, the precise impacts of introducing entire fleets of vehicles on the electric power grid, the implications for a finite supply of natural resources, and lastly the effects on human quality of living and wildlife have yet to be distilled. In this talk, I will discuss a collection of ongoing research efforts geared toward tackling many of the technical challenges that spur out of the interactions between the critical domains of noise and energy. This includes the development of computational approaches to 1) complement the experimental examination of battery-electric propulsion architectures and 2) generate accurate acoustic predictions of multi-rotor aircraft performing realistic flight maneuvers. Only by quantifying the uncertainties and sensitivities of such complex systems will substantial progress toward sustainable aviation be realized.    

BIO: Matthew Clarke is a Boeing School of Engineering Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. His research focuses on aircraft design, aerodynamics, and aeroacoustics, with an emphasis on the analysis and optimization of electric vehicles for urban air mobility. Dr. Clarke is a Tau Beta Pi Fellow and earned his B.S. from Howard University in Mechanical Engineering and both his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in Aeronautics and Astronautics. He also serves the V/STOL Technical Committee of AIAA, where he is responsible for organizing the 2023 International Powered Lift Conference co-hosted with the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Vertical Flight Society, and the Royal Aeronautical Society. Before joining MIT, Dr. Clarke also worked on the advanced concepts team at A 3 by Airbus and briefly as a battery modeling data scientist at Toyota Research Institute in the Accelerated Materials Design & Discovery Division before joining MIT.


Audience: Graduate  Undergraduate  Faculty  Staff 

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