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About GoHypersonic

Lance Jacobsen
President
Lance Jacobsen, Ph. D.
Lance Jacobsen graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering in 1998 and 2001. After graduation Dr. Jacobsen won a NRC post-doctoral fellowship award at the AFRL at Wright-Patterson AFB. At the completion of his postdoc, he joined Dr. Fred Billig at Pyrodyne, Inc. as the Technical Vice President.

On May 4th, 2006 Dr. Jacobsen formed GoHypersonic Incorporated to further contribute to the dream of hypersonic airbreathing flight and affordable space access.

Matt Bartkowicz
Matt Bartkowicz
Matt graduated with a B.S. and M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering in 2006 and 2009, respectively. He completed his Ph.D., titled "Numerical Simulations of Hypersonic Boundary Layer Transition," in 2012.

While in school Matt worked as a Co-op at NASA Ames Research Center in California, helping to develop the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code DPLR as well as performing simulations of vehicle reentry. After graduating, Matt began working as Senior Engineer at GoHypersonic Incorporated in October of 2011
Charles Cowart
Charles Cowart
Charles retired from the U.S. Air Force in August 2001 after serving 20 years primarily as a Fuels Technician and Accounting/Administration Supervisor. He also served as an Assistant Supervisor of Personnel Operations. His tours of duty includes Altus AFB Oklahoma, Kunsan AB South Korea, Seymour Johnson AFB North Carolina [Temporary Duty - Dhahran AB Saudi Arabia], RAF Mildenhall England, and Wright Patterson AFB Ohio. Major Awards includes the 443rd Supply Squadron Fuels Technician of the Year for 1987 and the Air Combat Command Professional Provider of the Year for 1992.

After retiring from military service, Charles joined GoHypersonic Inc. in July 2007, where his primary duty was to establish a Technical Reference Library. This library also includes those references inherited from Dr. Fred S. Billig. Since inception, and including newly acquired documents, the Library has grown to over 5700 technical references and continues to grow. Both hard copy and electronic formats are utilized.
Adam Culler
Adam Culler
Adam Culler joined GoHypersonic in 2014 as a Senior Aerospace Engineer. His efforts are primarily focused on the analysis and design of thermal structures for hypersonic flight vehicles and on modeling fluid-thermal-structural interactions (FTSI). Adam earned a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University in 2010 and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio University. Before entering the doctorate program at Ohio State, Adam worked for five years as a Mechanical Engineer in the development of cryogenic systems technology for NASA and DoD applications. Prior to joining GoHypersonic, Adam was a post-doctoral researcher and contractor at the Air Force Research Laboratory where he initially worked in the Structural Sciences Center to develop FTSI models for the analysis of hypersonic structures and later in the Aero Validation Branch to support experiments in the AFRL wind tunnels.
Travis Drayna
Travis Drayna
Travis earned a B.S. degree in 2001, a M.S. degree in 2009, and a Ph.D. in 2011 in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His thesis work, "Design and Optimization of Hypersonic Inward Turning Inlets," focused on the development of structured grid generation methods and sensitivity solver algorithms for the aerodynamic shape optimization of scramjet engine components. His current research at GoHypersonic focuses on the development of parametric geometry modelling subroutines, advanced grid generation algorithms, hypersonic flow simulation tools, and innovative graphical user interfaces.

Travis joined the team at GoHypersonic in 2008 and maintained a satellite office in the Twin Cities for four years. In early 2012, he coordinated the opening of GoHypersonic's Minnesota office located at 2300 Kennedy Street in Minneapolis. Travis now serves as a Principal Engineer at the Minnesota office and oversees a growing team of engineers and scientists.
Zach Gaston
Zach Gaston
Zach received a BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Wright State University, where his studies involved micro air vehicles and bio-inspired flight. His current research focuses on aspects of hypersonic vehicle design, analysis and experimentation, such as thermo-structural design, composites, ablation, thermal protection systems and design tool development.
Vladimyr Gidzak
Vladimyr Gidzak
Vladimyr Gidzak received a B.S. studying Physics at the University of Winnipeg followed by Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota in Aerospace engineering. His research interests include time-accurate fluid-structure interactions (FSI), multi-physics coupling, geometry transformations and clever numerical solutions.
Christian Haag
Christian Haag
Christian graduated with a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2007 with a focus on aircraft simulation and software development. After joining the Air Force, he spent close to five years working as a research engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory. While there, he performed CFD analysis of various USAF aircraft, developed CFD data-processing tools, and used full-cockpit flight simulators to evaluate future warfighting technologies. Christian joined GoHypersonic in February 2013 as a Senior Engineer where he creates grid generation tools.
Robert Jacobsen
Rob Jacobsen
Robert Jacobsen is an experimental physicist with a strong electrical and mechanical engineering background and a long career in designing and building major scientific facilities. The HAARP Program under his direction was presented with the DARPA Directors "Most Significant Technical Achievement" Award at DARPA Tec 2007.

Technical expertise covers such devices/technologies as X-Ray Synchrotrons, Tokomaks, Z-Pinches, Ion Beams, HF Phased Arrays, High Power Microwave Sources, Robotic Vehicles and all the associated Control, Instrumentation, Diagnostics, Electrical Generation & Conditioning Systems needed to support these devices.

Robert has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering all from the University of Natal, South Africa. His postdoctoral studies were performed at Princeton University where he functioned as a research physicist. He served on the Department of Energy Magnetic Fusion Advisory Committee on Compact Fusion Reactor technology. His work appears in more than 40 major scientific journals and conference proceedings.
Mike Kurtz
Mike Kurtz
Mike has as BS and MS in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University with a focus on compressible fluids and combustion. Mike worked at Cobham Mission Systems on On-Board Inert Gas Generation Systems (OBIGGS). There, he worked on development of next generation OBIGGS systems as well as updating legacy systems. Mike joined GHI in 2015 as an Aerospace Engineer, where he works on many aspects of hypersonic vehicle design.
Zane Hülkzkorski
Zane Hülkzkorski
Following his accidental exposure to gamma radiation during the detonation of an experimental bomb, Zane is physically transformed into the Hülkzorski when subjected to emotional stress, at or against his will, often leading to destructive rampages and conflicts that complicate Zane's civilian life. The Hülkzorski's level of strength is normally conveyed as proportionate to his level of anger. You won't like him when he's angry.
Kevin Park
Kevin Park
Kevin graduated with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in June 2011. As an Engineering Research Co-Op, his work was primarily on multi-disciplinary automated design and optimization of gas-turbine components. Prior experience includes an additional Engineering Co-Op at CTL Aerospace Inc., also located in Cincinnati, where he was primarily responsible for updating process documentation for advanced composites manufacture. He has also served as an Exhibit Technician at the COSI Science Museum in Columbus.

Kevin joined GHI in August 2011. His primary duties include design tool development.