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Zachary Ernst

Title: Aerospace Engineer, Aerospace Vehicle Design and Mission Analysis

Technical Focus Area: Surrogate modeling; Multiphysics/multidisciplinary design, analysis, and optimization; Computational fluid dynamics

Missions/Projects: INCITE, Hypersonic Technology Project (HTP)/Convergent Aeronautics Solutions (CAS)

Study Topics/Expertise: Entry vehicles

Dr. Zachary Ernst is an aerospace engineer in the Vehicle Analysis Branch of the Systems Analysis & Concepts Directorate at NASA’s Langley Research Center. He is a contributor on the Multiphysics Approach for Guided Human-Scale Mars Lander Descent Simulation campaign for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science INCITE program.

Education/Professional Experience

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • M.S. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology


  • Ernst, Z. J., Hickey, A. M., Robertson, B. E., and Mavris, D., “The Effect of Roll Rate on Simulated Entry Vehicle Ballistic Range Tests,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 2022, pp. 1–12.