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The Center for Hypersonics and Entry Systems Studies (CHESS) is a multidisciplinary team of researchers in The Grainger College of Engineering at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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We draw from expertise in high performance computing and state-of-the-art experimental facilities to support fundamental advances in hypersonics and entry system technologies.

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Press Releases

CHESS student's work featured on cover of Chemical Physics for molecular recombination breakthrough

CHESS student Chaithanya Kondur, along with advisor Kelly A.Stephani, published their work in Chemical Physics, proposing to unravel the complex dynamics behind the recombination of atomic oxygen to molecular oxygen using the quasi-classical trajectory method for the system.

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News | November 10, 2021

Collin Foster to spend a study year at Lawrence Berkeley National lab

Doctoral student Collin Foster was selected as one of just 65 graduate students to receive the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research fellowship, a program that allows him to spend up to 12 months of his graduate studies in residence at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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News | October 19, 2021

New discovery about meteorites informs atmospheric entry threat assessment

Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign watched fragments of two meteors as they ramped up the heat from room temperature to the temperature it reaches as it enters Earth’s atmosphere and made a significant discovery.

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News | September 23, 2021

Kao named an Astronaut Scholar

Justin Kao, a rising junior studying mechanical engineering at Illinois, was recently honored with an Astronaut Scholar award by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF).

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News | July 27, 2021


Sponsoring Agencies

Air Force Research Laboratory Air Force Office of Scientific Research         Joint Hypersonics Transition Office        USDRE       Department of Energy

Lockheed Martin                Ultramet          The Grainger College of Engineering