Jack Edwards

Angel Family Professor, Assoc. Dept. Head, Dir. of Undergraduate. Programs

  • 919-515-5264
  • Engineering Building III (EB3) 3234

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).


Ph.D. 1993

Aerospace Engineering

North Carolina State University

M.S. 1990

Aerospace Engineering

North Carolina State University

B.S. 1988

Aerospace Engineering

North Carolina State University

Research Description

Dr. Edwards is interested in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), 2D and 3D compressible flows, reactive and multi-phase flows, and turbulence modeling. Dr. Edwards is currently 1) developing large eddy simulation techniques for high speed internal flows in advanced engine concepts (ram jets, scram jets, etc.), 2) conducting simulations of entry/exit into collective protection systems designed to enable operation in contaminated environments, and 3) developing multi-phase flow simulation methods as applied to industrial/medical processes. He is Principal Investigator of the Aerospace Engineering Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. In MAE, he collaborates with Dr. Dow, Dr. Eischen, Dr. Hassan, Dr. Luo, Dr. Fang, and Dr. Gopalarathnam.


Development of a premixed combustion capability for dual-mode scramjet experiments
Rockwell, R. D., Goyne, C. P., Chelliah, H., McDaniel, J. C., Rice, B. E., Edwards, J. R., Cantu, L. M. L., Gallo, E. C. A., Cutler, A. D., & Danehy, P. M. (2018), Journal of Propulsion and Power, 34(2), 438-448.
Numerical simulation of aero-optical effects in a supersonic cavity flow
Zilberter, I. A., Edwards, J. R., & Wittich, D. J. (2017), AIAA Journal, 55(9), 3095-3108.
Numerical simulation of aero-optical effects in a supersonic cavity flow
Zilberter, I. A., Edwards, J. R., & Wittich, D. J. (2017), AIAA Journal, 55(9), 3095-3108.
Numerical simulations of turbulent flow over airfoils near and during static stall
Ke, J. H., & Edwards, J. R. (2017), Journal of Aircraft, 54(5), 1960-1978.
Turbulence/chemistry interactions in a ramp-stabilized supersonic hydrogen-air diffusion flame
Fulton, J. A., Edwards, J. R., Cutler, A., McDaniel, J., & Goyne, C. (2016), Combustion and Flame, 174, 152-165.
Scramjet combustion efficiency measurement via tomographic absorption spectroscopy and particle image velocimetry
Busa, K. M., Rice, B. E., McDaniel, J. C., Goyne, C. P., Rockwell, R. D., Fulton, J. A., Edwards, J. R., & Diskin, G. S. (2016), AIAA Journal, 54(8), 2463-2471.
A fine-grained block ILU scheme on regular structures for GPGPUs
Luo, L. X., Edwards, J. R., Luo, H., & Mueller, F. (2015), Computers & Fluids, 119, 149-161.
Large-eddy/Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes simulation of cavity-stabilized ethylene combustion
Potturi, A. S., & Edwards, J. R. (2015), Combustion and Flame, 162(4), 1176-1192.
Discrete-vortex method with novel shedding criterion for unsteady aerofoil flows with intermittent leading-edge vortex shedding
Ramesh, K., Gopalarathnam, A., Granlund, K., Ol, M. & Edwards, J. (2014), Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 751.
Mach 6 wake flow simulations using a large-eddy simulation/Reynolds-averaged Navier Stokes model
Salazar, G., & Edwards, J. R. (2014), Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 51(4), 1329-1348.

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NCSU American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Design Build Fly Senior Design Team Space Grant Proposal
NCSU NC Space Grant Consortium(11/30/17 - 4/30/18)
Modeling of Air, Surface, and Underwater burst Phenomena within Complex Environments after High Energy Explosion
Defense Agency of Technology and Quality (DTaQ)(7/05/17 - 5/31/20)
Improved Numerical Simulations of Barbotage Atomization
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)(10/15/16 - 9/12/18)
Research Area 1, Section 1.4.1: Engines: Mesh-sequenced Realizations for Evaluation of Subgrid-Scale Models for Turbulent Combustion (Short Term Innovative Research Program)
US Army - Army Research Office(1/17/17 - 12/31/17)
A Deep-Learning Approach Towards Auto-Tuning CFD Codes
US Air Force - Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)(6/01/17 - 2/14/18)
LES modeling for prediction of lean blowoff
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)(6/22/16 - 4/20/17)
Collaborative Research:Turbulent Flame Structure of Cavity Stabilized Reacting Shear Layers: Effects of Flow Compressibility, Heat Release, and Finite-rate Kinetics
National Science Foundation (NSF)(6/01/15 - 5/31/18)
Volatile Organic Chemical Signature Modeling #2
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)(9/01/14 - 12/05/16)
Improved Numerical Simulations of Barbotage Atomization
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)(1/01/14 - 8/14/16)
Effects of Heat Release on Shock-Train Development in COIL Laser Diffusers
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)(4/01/15 - 8/31/16)