Tom Corke

Director of Notre Dame Hypersonic Systems Initiative

Director of Notre Dame Hypersonic Systems Initiative
112 Hessert Aerospace Research Center


Thomas Corke is the Clark Equipment Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Director of Notre Dame’s Hypersonic Systems Initiative. He joined the University in 1999.

Corke's research experience is diverse, ranging from hydrodynamic stability and transition to turbulence, to fully turbulent flows. It involves an equally diverse range of flow fields, including boundary layers, wakes, and jets. This has been applied to a broad range of applications, including aerodynamic performance enhancement, flight control, the internal flow of gas-turbine engines, acoustic noise control, and wind flows around buildings and structures. He has experimental experience over the full range of Mach numbers. Corke's research also includes computational fluid dynamics.

Corke's work has been recognized with numerous awards, including Notre Dame’s President’s Research Achievement Award, the James A. Burns, C.S.C., Graduate School Award, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aerodynamics Award, and the MMAE Distinguished Alumni Award from the Illinois Institute of Technology where he received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 1981. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)American Physical Society, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers