Microsystem Mechanics  
 
search

UMD   This Site






Department of Aerospace Engineering Ph.D. student Shikha Redhal received the 2019/2020 Gustave J Hokenson Aerospace Engineering Fellowship.

Redhal is a graduate research assistant in the Advanced Propulsion Research Laboratory working with faculty advisor Professor Kenneth Yu. Her current research focuses on studying the fundamental nature of Rotating Detonation Engine (RDEs) propulsion concepts and the effect of dynamic interactions between propellant injection and the detonation wave inside RDE combustors. RDE is a novel engine concept that is gaining more interest in the aerospace propulsion industry, including the rocket and air breathing propulsion community.

Redhal developed a detonation tunnel to conduct experiments, and she is testing various injectors and different propellant combinations. Her thesis’ outcome will help design sub-components such as fuel injection and mixing systems and predict practical performance measures of RDEs, eventually leading to the development of practical RDEs. 

After completing her Ph.D., Redhal aims to work in research institutions focusing in space propulsion and continue to contribute towards the development of next generation engines for the aerospace industry.

The Gustave J Hokenson Aerospace Engineering Fellowship includes a cash award and was created by Dr. Edna Hokenson in 1995 for graduate students within the Aerospace Department in honor of her son, Gustave “Gus” Hokenson, who was a 1970 Ph.D. aerospace engineering graduate.



Related Articles:
Celebrating Black Aerospace Engineers: James Lankford (M.S. ‘14, Ph.D. ‘18)
Three UMD Alumni Among Aviation Week Network’s 2021 20 Twenties
Griffin "Eminent Scholar" at UAH
Alumnus Griffin Honored
Griffin Receives Honor for Book
Alum Named Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering at PennState
Alumna Blasts Into Space
Morcos Recognized with Graduate School Outstanding GA Award
Three UMD Students Named Among Aviation Week Network’s Class of 2024 20 Twenties
Zimmerman Wins Clark School Dean’s Research Award

June 6, 2020


«Previous Story  

 

 

Current Headlines

Celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month: Karenna Buco

UMD Student Awarded Wings Foundation Scholarship

UMD Eclipse Ballooning a Success

Seven Maryland Students Receive Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarships

Eclipse Ballooning: Phenomenon Provides Rare Opportunities

Three UMD Students Receive SAMPE Leadership Awards

Alum Named Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering at PennState

UMD Professor and Alum Among 2024 VFS Awardees

Agents of Positive Change: Highlighting Women Maryland Engineers

Celebrating Women in Aerospace Engineering: Christine Hartzell

 
 
Back to top  
ChBE Home Clark School Home UMD Home