Jack Edwards

Director of Aerospace Research

  • Phone: (919) 515-5264
  • Office: Engineering Building III (EB3) 3294

In addition to his duties as Director of Aerospace Research, Dr. Jack Edwards also serves as the Angel Family Distinguished Professor.

Dr. Edwards’ long-term goal is to develop efficient and accurate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques for conducting large scale simulations of complex flows for important engineering problems.

At the graduate level, Dr. Edwards teaches Computation of Reacting Flows (MAE 770). This course is concerned with the general principles for formulating and solving the governing equations of reactive flows and multi-phase flows. He treats a wide range of problems in this course ranging from those in the atmospheric sciences to water flow in home faucets.

At the undergraduate level, he teaches Aerodynamics II (MAE 356) and Computational Aerodynamics (MAE 456). In Aerodynamics II, Dr. Edwards places a strong emphasis on developing good practices in computer coding. In his Computational Aerodynamics course, he brings in examples that he has encountered in his own work pertaining to the physics of high-speed flows. The students who work with Dr. Edwards are drawn to his area of research because of the versatility of the CFD tool in all areas of engineering leading to work opportunities in government/industry labs. His students tend to have strong skills in communication, math, and computer programming.

Outside of work, Dr. Edwards enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar, and ice hockey (as a spectator).


Discrete vortex modeling of perching and hovering maneuvers
Narsipur, S., Ramesh, K., Gopalarathnam, A., & Edwards, J. R. (2023, May 31), THEORETICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00162-023-00653-2
Experimental Investigations of the Hypersonic Stream-Traced Performance Inlet at Subdesign Mach Number
Johnson, E., Jenquin, C., McCready, J., Narayanaswamy, V., & Edwards, J. (2022, September 30), AIAA JOURNAL, Vol. 61. https://doi.org/10.2514/1.J062113
Low-Order Modeling of Dynamic Stall on Airfoils in Incompressible Flow
Narsipur, S., Gopalarathnam, A., & Edwards, J. R. (2022, September 7), AIAA JOURNAL. https://doi.org/10.2514/1.J061595
Numerical simulation of stable and unstable ram-mode operation of an axisymmetric ethylene-fueled inlet-isolator-combustor configuration
Hash, C. A., Drummond, P. M., Edwards, J. R., Kato, N., & Lee, T. (2022), COMBUSTION AND FLAME, 242. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.combustflame.2022.112157
Flow criticality governs leading-edge-vortex initiation on finite wings in unsteady flow
Hirato, Y., Shen, M., Gopalarathnam, A., & Edwards, J. R. (2021), JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 910. https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2020.896
Hybrid Large Eddy Simulation/Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes Analysis of a Premixed Ethylene-Fueled Dual-Mode Scramjet Combustor
Nielsen, T. B., Edwards, J. R., Chelliah, H. K., Lieber, D., Geipel, C., Goyne, C. P., … Cutler, A. D. (2021), AIAA JOURNAL, 59(7), 2440–2456. https://doi.org/10.2514/1.J059343
Are poly(p-phenylene terephthalamide) (Kevlar (R)) and other liquid crystalline polymers conformationally rigid?
Tonelli, A. E., & Edwards, J. F. (2020), POLYMER, 193. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2020.122342
Mesh-Sequenced Realizations for Evaluation of Subgrid-Scale Models for Turbulent Combustion
Edwards, J. R., & Nielsen, T. B. (2020, November), AIAA JOURNAL, Vol. 58, pp. 4878–4892. https://doi.org/10.2514/1.J059217
Variation of leading-edge suction during stall for unsteady aerofoil motions
Narsipur, S., Hosangadi, P., Gopalarathnam, A., & Edwards, J. R. (2020), JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 900. https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2020.467
Least Squares Minimization Closure Models for LES of Turbulent Combustion
Patton, C. H., & Edwards, J. R. (2019), FLOW TURBULENCE AND COMBUSTION, 102(3), 699–733. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10494-018-9968-5

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  • Uncertainty Quantification and Uncertainty Reduction for Hypersonic CFD Analyses
  • NC Space Grant Team Competition: 2022-2023 NCSU Design-Build-Fly
  • CIF-IRAD Parallel, Frequency-domain Solvers for Wave Propagation in 3D, Spatially Inhomogeneous Media (SWaP-SIM3D)
  • Intergovernmental Personnel Act Agreement for Dr. Jack R. Edwards
  • Development of a Data-driven RANS Turbulence Modeling Approach for Hypersonics
  • Variable Engine for New Maneuvers
  • NCSU American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Design Build Fly 2021-2022
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis of a Microchamber for Sampling SVOC Emissions
  • Data Driven Analysis Tool for Predicting High-Speed Airbreathing Engine Performance (submitted to Topic 3 of the calls)
  • Analysis and Modeling Strategies for Subgrid Turbulence / Chemistry Interactions in High Speed Flows (Paige Drummond)
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