Pradeep Raj


  • Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, Aerospace Engineering, 1976
  • M.S. (with Distinction), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, Aeronautical Engineering, 1972
  • B.S. (with Distinction), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, Electrical Technology, 1970
  • B.S. (with Honors), Meerut University, India, 1967

Applied Computational Aerodynamics for Aircraft Design

  • 2012 - present Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Professor
  • 2006 - 2011 Lockheed Martin (Skunk Works®), Program Management Director, Technology Development & Integration
  • 2000 - 2006 Lockheed Martin (Skunk Works®), Senior Manager, Vehicle Science & Systems
  • 1999 - 2000 Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems, Manager, Aerodynamics
  • 1992 - 1999 Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems, Technical Fellow
  • 1989 - 1992 Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company, Technical Leader, Applied Computational Aerodynamics
  • 1985 - 1989 Lockheed-California Company, R&D Engineer, Aerodynamics
  • 1983 - 1985 Lockheed-California Company, Research Specialist, Aerodynamics
  • 1979 - 1983 Lockheed-California Company, Aerodynamics Engineer–Senior, Aerodynamics
  • 1978 - 1979 University of Missouri–Rolla, Assistant Professor
  • 1976 - 1978 Iowa State University, Research Assistant Professor
  • 1972 - 1976 Georgia Institute of Technology, Graduate Research Assistant
  • Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2011
  • Distinguished Engineering Merit Award, Engineers’ Council, 2006
  • Mission Success Award, Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems, 1996
  • Outstanding Session Speaker Award, AIAA Atlanta Section Aerospace Technology Symposium, 1992, 1993 and 1997
  • Engineer/ Scientist of the Month Award, Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company, 1991
  • Fellow, Institute for the Advancement of Engineering, 1991
  • Engineering Merit Award, Engineers’ Council, 1991
  • Associate Fellow, AIAA, 1991
  • SAE Industrial Lecturer, 1990-1991
  • R&D Advancement Award, Lockheed-California Company, 1987
  • Meritorious Technical Contribution Award, AIAA St. Louis Section, 1979
  • Hay Medal, Indian Institute of Science, 1970
  • Chancellor’s Medal, Meerut University, 1967
  • Chairman, AOE Honorifics Committee, 2012-present
  • Member, AIAA Aircraft Design Technical Committee (ADTC), 2013-present
  • Invited speaker at several national and international forums including (i) 5th Symposium on Integrating CFD and Experiments in Aerodynamics, Tokyo, Japan, 2012, (ii) Royal Aeronautical Society Aerodynamics Conference, Bristol, UK, 2010, (iii) NATO/ RTO Air Vehicle Technology Symposium, Athens, Greece, 2007, (iv) Symposium on Applied Aerodynamics and Design of Aerospace Vehicles (SAROD), Thiruvananthpuram, India, 2007, (v) AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference, Albuquerque, NM, 1998, (vi) NASA Workshop on Surface Modeling, Grid Generation and Related Issues in CFD, Cleveland, OH, 1995, and (vii) Third International Congress of Fluid Mechanics, Cairo, Egypt, 1990
  • Member, Council on Competitiveness National Advisory Committee, High Performance Computing Initiative, 2003-2011
  • Technical Program Co-Chair, 9th AIAA/ISSMO Symposium on Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, Atlanta, GA, 4-6 September, 2002
  • Member, Industrial Advisory Board, Michigan/AFRL/Boeing Collaborative Center on Aeronautical Sciences, 2007-2011
  • Member, Strategic Advisory Committee, AFRL/ Virginia Tech/ WSU Collaborative Center for Multidisciplinary Sciences, 2008-2011
  • Member, NRC ASEB Fluids Panel to evaluate AFOSR proposals, 1996-2002
  • Invited Peer Review Panel Member for (a) Sandia National Lab, Compressible Fluid Mechanics and Aerothermodynamics, 1999, (b) Air Force Research Lab, Computational Sciences Research, 1999, (c) NASA-Langley Research Center, High-Lift Aerodynamics (1999), Computational Algorithms (1997), and High Alpha Research Program (1991)
  • Member, AIAA MDO TC (1993-1997), Applied Aerodynamics TC (1989-1992), Fluid Dynamics TC (1985-1988)

Simulation Driven Design

Simulation Driven Design is a promising approach to generate quality affordable aircraft configurations—a must for enhancing U.S. competitiveness in an increasingly globalized marketplace.  This approach is aimed at producing virtual prototypes which can faithfully represent the functional and operational characteristics of a real aircraft to be built.  The traditional design practices are inherently inefficient and expensive as they rely on extensive scale model testing to generate data for configuration design, and on developing physical prototypes to verify functional and operational characteristic. SDD derives its efficiencies and cost-effectiveness by combining the ever increasing power of computers with increasing sophistication of modeling and simulation methodologies based on high-fidelity physics-based computational methods. However, several challenges need to be overcome to realize the promise of SDD. For example, our inability to cost-effectively assess the credibility of computational solutions is a serious impediment. Developing physics-based models that are wellsuited for rapid-turnaround conceptual design studies in a multidisciplinary design, analysis and optimization environment is another.  Devising effective strategies to tackle such challenges is the primary focus of this research thrust.

Dr. Pradeep Raj
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  • Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Virginia Tech
    218 Randolph Hall (0203)
    Blacksburg, VA 24061