Dario Rodriguez

Title PhD AE
Department Aerospace Engineering

B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering – Escuela Politecnica Nacional (2017)
M.Sc. Aerospace Engineering – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2022)

Dario completed his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at Escuela Politecnica Nacional, Quito-Ecuador in 2017. He previously collaborated on the development and implementation of parametric models to characterize the aerodynamics and performance of fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles. In 2020, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to continue his graduate studies in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He is currently pursing a PhD in Aerospace Engineering with two concentrations Computational Science & Engineering and Data Science. His research topic is focused on the implementation of Multidisciplinary Design Optimization methods to the design of supersonic ramjets (scramjets) at the Center for Exascale-enabled Scramjet Design. His daily job involves the implementation and development of high-speed compressible flow models to predict the physics and performance of scramjets. Moreover, he is actively working on the development and generation of surrogate models based on multi-fidelity data through deep learning models. He is also interested on analyzing the uncertainty introduced into these models and hence, a probabilistic analysis approach will be part of his future research. Ultimately, his aim is to embed the surrogate models into the design process to generate robust scramjet concepts at early design stages.

Research Interests
His interests range from numerical optimization, surrogate-based optimization, scientific machine learning, uncertainty quantification to high-performance computing, engineering design, aircraft propulsion, aerodynamics and aerial robotics.

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Email darior2@nospam6566920f99541.illinois.edu
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