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Mark Gragston

Assistant Professor


Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee Space Institute


Research Professor, HORIZON Center, University of Tennessee Space Institute


His primary research focus is the development and application of laser and optical based techniques for studying high-speed aerothermodynamics. These include high-speed schlieren, PLIF, PIV, FLDI, Raman scattering, and more. These tools are used for measurements of transitional and turbulent boundary layer states, dynamics and structure of shock-boundary layer interactions, and other features of the supersonic flowfield. Mark is also developing high-enthalpy testing capabilities to better understand aerodynamic heating and real gas effects in hypersonic flows. Additionally, he has an interest in measurements of combustion phenomena and plasma dynamics.



PhD, 2018, Mechanical Engineering, University of Tennessee 

Professional Service

Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Physical Society (APS), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the Optical Society (OSA)


Awards and Recognitions

Tennessee Space Grant Graduate Fellowship 
2020 Air Force Office of Scientific Research Summer Faculty Fellowship

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Contact Information

  • UTSI-HORIZON Center, 411 B.H. Goethert Parkway, Tullahoma
  • Phone: 931-393-7373
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