Clayton is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia Aerospace Research Laboratory. He will graduate in the fall after defending his dissertation, “High-Spatial-Resolution Laser Diagnostics for a Dual-Mode Scramjet.” His research involves using laser diagnostics to measure the structure of flames in a supersonic combustor. This research aids in the design of scramjet engines that could one day allow aircraft to travel at hypersonic speeds. He has journal articles in peer review and has presented this work at meetings of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Combustion Institute. He received a Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship as well as fellowships to teach two U.Va. undergraduate courses: “Introduction to Aerospace Engineering” and “Flight Vehicle Dynamics”. After graduation, he will pursue employment at a government laboratory.
High-Spatial-Resolution Laser Diagnostics for a Dual-Mode Scramjet