Prof. Brian J. Cantwell - Co-Founder and Chief Scientist

Brian Cantwell is the Edward C. Wells Professor in the school of engineering at Stanford University and served as chairman of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics from 2001 to 2008. He began his engineering career as a summer intern at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston where he participated in ground testing of the LEM ascent engine for the Apollo program. He has been a member of the Stanford faculty since 1978 where his teaching duties include courses on aircraft and rocket propulsion, compressible flow, turbulence, similarity methods and experimentation. In his research he studies turbulent and reacting flows with application to propulsion. He was a member and deputy chairman of the AGARD Fluid Dynamics Panel from 1989 to 1997 supporting the aerospace technology needs of NATO. From 1994 to 2008 he served as a member of an Executive Independent Review Team overseeing the development of the F119, F135 and F136 engines for the Air Force Raptor and Lighting II fighters. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the AIAA, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.