Principle Investigator 

Matthew A. Clarke, Ph.D.

Matthew Clarke is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University. He is a V/STOL Aircraft Systems Technical Committee member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Before joining UIUC, Professor Clarke was a Boeing Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also worked on the advanced concepts team at A3 by Airbus and briefly as a battery modeling data scientist at Toyota Research Institute in the Accelerated Materials Design & Discovery Division.

Professor Clarke is the Principal Investigator of the Laboratory for Electric Aircraft Design and Sustainability (L.E.A.D.S.). The core research interests of L.E.A.D.S. are electric propulsion architecture design and aircraft noise modeling. These efforts position L.E.A.D.S. to address some of the technical challenges at the intersection between the key domains of energy and noise that impede progress toward sustainable aviation.

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Postdoctoral Associates 

Positions Open!

L.E.A.D.S invites qualified individuals holding a Ph.D. to apply for an open postdoctoral position focussed on battery systems modeling efforts. Anticipated responsibilities include 1) assisting the construction of the L.E.A.D.S experimental facilities and the development of operating processes for students, 2) leading experimental test campaigns to characterize battery cells and modules, 3) simulating both nominal and failure state operating loads of all/hybrid/parallel electric aircraft powertrains simulations to inform future aircraft certification and 4) develop a computational to validate experimental data and accelerate data mining.

Candidates are expected to be self-motivated and able to work independently and as an integral team member. The postdoctoral appointment will entail performing research, mentoring students, and helping with project management and fundraising activities, including presentations to sponsors and the preparation of proposals. Strong oral and written skills are essential, as evidenced by refereed journal publications and conference presentations.

Excellent postdoctoral candidates are encouraged to email me with the subject line including the words "Prospective Postdoc" to discuss current openings. In your email please include:

I encourage you to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship and am happy to work with you on this.

Students

Gradaute Students

Positions Open!

L.E.A.D.S. is looking for highly motivated students seeking to pursue a PhD in either emerging electrochemical systems for aircraft propulsion or aeroacoustics modeling of multi-rotor aircraft. Students should be willing to work in teams, mentor undergraduate students, engage in technical writing and oral presentations, and engage with their respective academic communities. Students with a background in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Material Science are encouraged to apply. No prior experience is required, however, presentation of demonstrated competency (academic publication) in relevant research is highly encouraged. Interested students should contact Prof. Clarke.

It is recommended that prospective PhD students apply to graduate fellowships since this will give you more flexibility throughout your Ph.D. For domestic students, the most common fellowships are the NSF GRFP and the NDSEG. For a broader list of fellowships, please see UIUC's page on graduate fellowships.


Sai Sankalp Shekar

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Education

Research at UIUC:

Investigation of thermal management requirements for electric aircraft; Optimization of energy networks for efficient and safe electric aerial transportation solutions.

Outside the Lab:

I'm all about hiking and rock climbing, love the thrill of the outdoors, and find peace in swimming. When it comes to Formula One, you can bet I'm a die-hard fan, never missing a race, even with Max winning everything.

Matteo Guidotti

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Education

Research at UIUC:

My research explores novel electrified architectures, with a focus on battery technology and aircraft design, aiming to pave the way for sustainably viable aviation solutions.

Outside the Lab:

 I'm a licensed private pilot and a food enthusiast. In my free time, I love playing basketball and traveling.

Niranjan Nanjappa

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Education

Research at UIUC:

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Outside the Lab:

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Edwin Dong Joo Lee

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Education

Research at UIUC:

Hybrid Aircraft Energy Network Modeling

Outside the Lab:

Playing soccer and guitar, chess and sea swimming!

Ninlapat Nonnapaphan

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Education

Research at UIUC:

Skin Heat Exchangers for Aircraft Thermal Management in Electric Aircraft.

Outside the Lab:

Reading book, rock climbing  and stock investment.

Undergraduate Students

Jared Dost

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Education:

Research at UIUC:

I am currently assisting in the development of a GUI for the RCAIDE tool, with the aim of increasing its accessibility globally. 

Outside the Lab:

I love to play soccer and go hiking.



Chris Zhang

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Education:

Research at UIUC:

I am currently assisting in the development of a GUI for the RCAIDE tool, with the aim of increasing its accessibility globally. 

Outside the Lab:

I love photography, working on cars, and weightlifting.



Ava Cipriani

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Education

Research at UIUC:

Assisting in the research on noise pollution and the disparity of its effects against marginalized groups.

Outside the Lab:

I am in a band here at UIUC, and I love to read and write 

Dhairya Mehta

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Education

Research at UIUC:

I am currently assisting in the development of a GUI for the RCAIDE tool, with the aim of increasing its accessibility globally.  

Outside the Lab:

 I love learning songs on my guitar and jamming together with my friends. When the weather allows it, I also like biking off campus in the downtown areas of Urbana and Champaign

Nicole Artemyev

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Education

Research at UIUC:

 I currently working with the noise team to model aircraft noise with census data and analyze the effects of noise on urban areas.

Outside the Lab:

I am involved in the Illinois Space Society, Women in Engineering, and Vitality Dance Team!

 

Yair Guerrero 

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Education

Research at UIUC:

 Characterization of noise impacts from next-generation aircraft on urban communities.

Outside the Lab:

I enjoy playing sports with friends like volleyball and spike ball. I am also a big coffee enthusiast and enjoy making my own coffee drinks at home.


Aadit Kolar

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Education

Research at UIUC:

Development of a GUI for the RCAIDE tool, and will be working on integrating it with DFDC (Ducted Fan Design Code) in the future

Outside the Lab:

When I'm not working, I will almost always be found outside on my bike

Ram Velamuri

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Education

Research at UIUC:

Development of the LEADS Sustainable Aviation Technology Dashboard

Outside the Lab: 

 I love to play basketball, watch sports, and take photos. 

Visiting Students

Michal Podolinsky

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Education

Research at UIUC:

Examining the feasibility and methodology for the integration of heat exchangers into aerodynamic surfaces to improve battery thermal management for electric aircraft.

Outside the Lab:

I am a certified scuba diver; I like to run and go to the gym. I am currently training for the Brussels half-marathon in May. I like to follow current world events and one of my favorite podcasts is the “Fall of Civilizations Podcast”.

Anton Oldmark

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Education

Research at UIUC:

Setting up CFD environment to provide a tool for simulation and validation of heat exchangers in electric aircraft.

Outside the Lab:

 I am a big follower of various motorsport series like Indycar and F1. Otherwise I like to stay active by sports like soccer, tennis and skiing. 

Shared Values

As a group, we value:

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