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Stephen A. Whitmore

Stephen A. Whitmore

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Contact Information

Office Location: ENGR 419F
Phone: 435-797-2951

Educational Background:

PhD, Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 1989
MS, Mechanics and Structures, University of California, Los Angeles, 1983 
BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1980  


Propulsion Systems


Dr. Whitmore's recent research focus at USU is on the development of piloted simulation models for lunar-return lifting reentry vehicles, with an emphasis of developing high-precision low-dispersion footprint techniques for lifting aero-capture and aero assist. He is supporting the NASA and Lockheed CEV Entry, Descent, and Landing EDL team.


Dr. Stephen A. Whitmore. is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Utah State University. He joined USU after 28+ years working for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Dr. Whitmore is director of the Chimaera Hybrid Rocketry program at USU. Experience gained with the Chimaera rocket program has recently spun off a series of research topics focusing on the characterization and modeling of medium-scale experimental hybrid rocket motors. Dr. Whitmore teaches classes in compressible fluids, propulsion systems, and mechanical measurements at USU.