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Laurence, Stuart J.

Laurence, Stuart J.

Associate Professor
Aerospace Engineering
3184 Glenn L. Martin Hall


  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (Aeronautics)
  • M.S., California Institute of Technology (Aeronautics)
  • B.Sc. (Hons.), The University of Auckland (Applied Mathematics)
  • B.Sc./B.A., The University of Auckland (Conjoint, Physics and Philosophy)





  • High-speed aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics
  • High-temperature gas dynamics
  • Supersonic combustion and propulsion
  • Naturally-occurring hypersonic flows; meteoritics
  • Experimental fluid dynamics; optical and visualization-based measurement techniques
  • Laminar-turbulent transition in hypersonic boundary layers
  • HIgh-altitude flow-disturbance measurements


  • N. Shumway, M. Gabryszuk, and S. J. Laurence. "The impact of dragonfly wing deformations on aerodynamic performance during forward flight", Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, 15(2):026005, 2020
  • M. Freydin, E. Dowell, T. Whalen, and S. J. Laurence, "A theoretical computational model of a plate in hypersonic flow", Journal of Fluids and Structures, 93:102858, 2020
  • B. F. Bathel, J. M. Weisberger, G. C. Herring, R. A. King, S. B. Jones, R. E. Kennedy, and S. J. Laurence, "Two-point, parallel-beam focused laser differential interferometry with a Nomarski prism", Applied Optics, 59(2):244-252, 2020


  • S. J. Laurence, H. Ozawa, J. Martinez Schramm, C. Butler, and K. Hannemann, "Heat-flux measurements on a hypersonic inlet ramp using fast-response temperature-sensitive paint", Experiments in Fluids, 60:70, 2019


  • H. Ozawa and S. J. Laurence, "Experimental investigation of the shock-induced flow over a wall-mounted cylinder", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 849:1009-1042, 2018
  • R. K. Kennedy, S. J. Laurence, M. S. Smoth, and E. C. Marineau, "Investigation of the second-mode instability at Mach 14 using calibrated schlieren", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 845:R2, 2018
  • S. J. Laurence, C. S. Butler, J. Martinez Schramm, and K. Hannemann, "Force and Moment Measurements on a Free-Flying Capsule in a Shock Tunnel", Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 55(2):403–414, 2018
  • J. D. Chung, R. W. Houim, and S. J. Laurence, "Theoretical and Numerical Study of a Preheated Ludwieg Tube with Adiabatic Compression", AIAA Journal, 56(10):3951-3962, 2018


  • S. J. Laurence, A. Wagner, and K. Hannemann, "Experimental study of second-mode instability growth and breakdown in a hypersonic boundary layer using high-speed schlieren visualization", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 797:471–503, 2016


  • H. Ozawa, S. J. Laurence, J. Martinez Schramm, A. Wagner, and K. Hannemann, "Fast-response temperature-sensitive-paint measurements on a hypersonic transition cone", Experiments in Fluids, 56:1853, 2015
  • S. J. Laurence, D. Lieber, J. Martinez Schramm, K. Hannemann, and J. Larsson, "Incipient Thermal Choking and Stable Shock-Train Formation in the Heat-Release Region of a Scramjet Combustor. Part I: Shock-Tunnel Experiments", Combustion and Flame, 162(4):921–931, 2015
  • J. Larsson, S. J. Laurence, I. Bermejo-Moreno, J. Bodart, S. Karl, and R. Vicquelin, "Incipient Thermal Choking and Stable Shock-Train Formation in the Heat-Release Region of a Scramjet Combustor. Part II: Large Eddy Simulations", Combustion and Flame, 162(4):907–920, 2015


  • S. J. Laurence, A. Wagner, and K. Hannemann, "Schlieren-Based Techniques for Investigating Instability Development and Transition in a Hypersonic Boundary Layer", Experiments in Fluids, 55(8):1782, 2014
  • H. Tanno, T. Komuro, K. Sato, K. Fujita, and S. J. Laurence, "Free-flight measurement technique in the free-piston high-enthalpy shock tunnel", Review of Scientific Instruments, 85:045112, 2014


  • S. J. Laurence, S. Karl, J. M. Schramm and K. Hannemann, “Transient fluid-combustion phenomena in a model scramjet”, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 722:85-120, 2013.


  • S. J. Laurence, N. J. Parziale, and R. Deiterding, “Dynamical separation of spherical bodies in supersonic flow”, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 713:159-182, 2012.
  • S. J. Laurence, “On tracking the motion of rigid bodies through edge-detection and least-squares fitting”, Experiments in Fluids, 52(2):387-401, 2012.
  • S. J. Laurence, A. Wagner, K. Hannemann, V. Wartemann, H. Lüdecke, H. Tanno and K. Itoh, “Time-Resolved Visualization of Instability Waves in a Hypersonic Boundary-Layer”, AIAA Journal, 50(1):243-246, 2012 (Technical note).


  • S. J. Laurence and R. Deiterding, “Shock-wave surfing”, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 676:396-431, 2011.


  • S. J. Laurence and S. Karl, “An improved visualization-based force-measurement tech-nique for short-duration hypersonic facilities”, Experiments in Fluids, 48:949-965, 2010.


  • S. J. Laurence and H. G. Hornung, “Image-based force and moment measurement in hypersonic facilities,” Experiments in Fluids, 46:343-353, 2009.


UMD Student Awarded Wings Foundation Scholarship

Scholarships support outstanding students pursuing careers in aviation, aeronautics, and astronautics.

Laurence Named AIAA Associate Fellow

Fellows selected based on contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.

Hypersonic Wind Tunnel Research: Ray Tracing Inspires A New Approach

Stuart Laurence tests an improved method for measuring the aerodynamics of free-flying objects.

Three Clark School Professors Receive Competitive DURIP Grants

DURIP supports university research in technical areas of interest to the Department of Defense (DoD).

Shock Waves and Boundary Layers

Exploring the complexities of hypersonic flight.

Laurence Wins NSF CAREER Award

Project aims to understand noise generation when the gas in question (e.g., carbon dioxide, or high-temperature air) absorbs sound waves at certain frequencies.

Four Clark School Professors Receive Competitive DURIP Grants

DURIP supports university research in technical areas of interest to the Department of Defense.

Three Aerospace Engineering Faculty Receive 2015 DURIP Awards

Laurence, Hubbard and Yu receive over $1.2 million in combined funding through the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP).

Shumway Awarded NDSEG Fellowship

Aerospace graduate student Nathan Shumway win National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship.

UMD Students Excel at AAIA Region 1 Student Paper Conference

Aerospace engineering students sweep undergrad category at AAIA Region 1 Student Paper Conference.

Clark School Welcomes New Faculty

Ten new faculty members join the Clark School for the 2013-2014 school year.