State Sen. Karen Spilka toured HEROES with Chancellor Moloney.
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Richard Charles, Ph.D. Senior Research Aerospace Engineer


Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Finite Element Analysis (FEA), and Fluid-Structure (FSI) Interactions relating to biological and airdrop and aerial delivery applications

Research Interest

Applied Computational Aerodynamics and Fluid Dynamics, Scientific Visualization

Educational Background

Ph.D. - M.E. - University of California, San Diego
M.S. - A.E. - Air Force Institute of Technology
B.S. - M.E. - Lehigh University


Engineering and technical experience includes:  a captain in the U.S. Air Force serving as a high energy laser aerodynamics engineer at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory;  technical support consultant, application programmer, computer scientist, and computational scientist  at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and adjunct lecturer at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD);  senior design analyst for an artificial heart valve project at a cardiac prosthetic device company; technical expert and program manager in modeling and simulation of the development of Airdrop and Aerial Delivery systems.