Graham V. Candler

Graham Candler

Graham V. Candler

McKnight Presidential Chair, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Russell J. Penrose Professor, Associate Department Head, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics


Akerman Hall
Room 119B
110 Union Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Ph.D., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 1988
M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 1985
B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, 1984

Research Lab

Professional Background

Professor, Associate Department Head, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 2014 - Present

Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 1999 - Present

Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota,1994 -1999

Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 1992 - 1994

Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1989 - 1992

Consultant Institute for Defense Analyses, Coleman Engine Company, 1989 - Present

Visiting Professor, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University, 1988 - 1989

Aerospace Engineer, Aerothermodynamics Branch, NASA Ames Research Center, 1988 - 1989

Research Assistant, Aerothermodynamics Branch, Stanford University, 1985 - 1988

Scientific & Professional Societies

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • American Physical Society
Research Interests

Research Lab | UMN Experts

Professor Candler uses computational fluid dynamics to study high-temperature reacting flows and hypersonic flows, and is particularly interested in how the relaxation of internal energy modes and finite-rate chemical reactions interact with fluid motion. Applications of this work include the analysis of planetary entry spacecraft heat shields, hypersonic boundary layer transition, and the effects of chemical reactions on aerodynamics. Professor Candler works closely with experimentalists to validate high-enthalpy flow models by careful comparison to shock tunnel data. Recently, Candler's research group has been working to extend computational methods to complex geometries for application to future scramjet-powered hypersonic aircraft. These tools were used to design an inward-turning inlet for a upcoming sounding rocket flight experiment of a Mach 10 vehicle.


Teaching Subjects
AEM 4202 -- Aerodynamics
AEM 4202 -- Aerodynamics
AEM 8251 -- Finite-Volume Methods in Computational Fluid Dynamics
AEM 8295 -- Selected Topics in Fluid Dynamics
AEM 8880 -- Plan B Project

Honors and Awards

2020: Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

2018: AIAA Dryden Lectureship in Research

2012: Russell J. Penrose Professor

2012: AIAA Fluid Dynamics Award

2009: McKnight Presidential Professor, University of Minnesota

2009: National Security Science and Engineering Fellowship

2008: Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

2007: AIAA Thermophysics Award

2006: AIAA Outstanding Paper Award in Aerodynamic Measurement and Ground Testing

2004: Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota

2002: George Taylor Distinguished Research Award, University of Minnesota

1990, 2001, & 2015: AIAA Award for Best Technical Paper in Thermophysics

1988: Ballhaus Prize for Best Ph.D. Thesis in Stanford Aeronautics and Astronautics

Fellow of the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute


Graham V. Candler, Pramod K. Subbareddy, and Ioannis Nompelis, CFD Methods for Hypersonic Flows and Aerothermodynamics, In Hypersonic Nonequilibrium Flows: Fundamentals and Recent Advances, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2015

Selected Publications

Cook, D.A., Thome, J.S., Brock, J.M., Nichols, J.W., Candler, G.V. , 2018, "Understanding effects of nose-cone bluntness on hypersonic boundary layer transition using input-output analysis" , AIAA Paper 

GS, S., Dwivedi, A., Candler, G. & Nichols, J.W., 2018, "Onset of three dimensionality in supersonic flow over a slender double wedge", Physical Review Fluids

Dwivedi, A., GS, S., Nichols, J.W., Candler G. & Jovanovic, M. R. , 2018, "Instabilities in hypersonic compression ramp flow: an input-output approach"

Hildebrand, N., Nichols, J.W., Jovanovic, M.R. & Candler G., 2018, "Transient growth analysis of oblique shock-wave/boundary-layer interactions at Mach 5.92, Physical Review Fluids"

Thome, J., Dwivedi, A., Nichols, J.W. & Candler, G., 2018, "Direct numerical simulation of BOLT hypersonic flight vehicle", AIAA Paper, 2018-2894


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