Dr. Rodney Bowersox is the Department Head and Ford I Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station TX. He is the founder and director of the Texas A&M University National Aerothermochemistry and Hypersonics Laboratory. His research focus is on theoretical and experimental hypersonic viscous flows (turbulent and transitional), non-equilibrium gas dynamics, turbulence modeling, laser diagnostics, high-speed aerodynamics, sonic boom, and scramjet flows. He also develops state-of-the-art research facilities; for example, he designed two facilities for the AFRL air vehicle and directed energy directorates. He has received research sponsorship from the AFOSR, AFRL, ARO, DoD, NASA, NSF, ONR, and private industry. Dr. Bowersox is a DoD Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the International Society of Airbreathing Propulsion. He is an Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power.