University of Texas at Austin
Noel Clemens




phone (512) 471-6773

office ASE 4.224

Noel Clemens

Affiliated faculty (non-Core)

Clare Cockrell Williams Centennial Chair in Engineering

Professor Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics

Centers and Groups

Research Interests

Computational Mechanics


Dr. Noel Clemens received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1985. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 1986 and 1991, respectively. From 1991 to 1993 he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA. Dr. Clemens joined UT Austin as an Assistant Professor in January 1993, he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999, and to full Professor in 2005. From 2012 to 2020 he served as the chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. In 2019 he was appointed to the Clare Cockrell Williams Centennial Chair in Engineering. In 1995, he received the Presidential Faculty Fellow Award, in 1998 the College of Engineering’s award for “Outstanding Teaching by an Assistant Professor,” in 1997 the College’s Faculty Excellence Award, in 2000 the ASE/EM Department Teaching Award, and in 2011 the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Excellence in Engineering Teaching Award. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. From 2006-2008 he served as an Associate Editor for the AIAA Journal and from January 2009 to 2013 he served as the Editor-in-Chief of Experiments in Fluids.

Dr. Clemens' areas of research include turbulent mixing and combustion, shock wave/boundary layer interactions, high-temperature reacting flows, ablation, supersonic cavity flows, and flow control. While at The University of Texas, Dr. Clemens developed the Flow Field Imaging Laboratory at the JJ Pickle Research Campus, which houses the Mach 5 Windtunnel, 50 kW Inductively-Coupled Plasma Torch, Mach 1.8 Direct-Connect Isolator, Mach 3 Windtunnel, High-Pressure Combustion Facility, and numerous other flow systems. His research is, or has been, supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the U.S. Army Research Office, the Department of Energy, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Texas Advanced Technology Program, Georgia Tech Research Institute and The University of Texas Institute for Advanced Technology.