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About Alexandre Martin

Dr. Alexandre Martin has worked in the field of fluid-solid interactions for the last 14 years. He has contributed to various scientific fields ranging from hypersonic aerothermodynamics, plasma physics, numerical algorithmic and mining ventilation. He is especially interested in ablation, the removal of solid material from a surface by thermal processes. Over the years of his scientific career, he has developed and supervised computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer codes that were able to model various types of ablation. During his graduate studies, his work focused on the ablation caused by the radiation from an electric arc. He now focuses his work on ablation of the heat-shields of atmosphere re-entry vehicles, mostly as part of a NASA funded projects. He is an active participant in the aerothermodynamics and ablation community: he was also the Technical Chair of the last two Ablation Workshops, and has been a member of the scientific committee that produces the Ablation Test-Cases every year. Since at the University of Kentucky, he has secured funding for ablation research that amounts to approximately $1.8 million, mostly as PI. These include multi-university efforts, and collaboration with industry. Over the course of his academic career, he has supervised more than 40 students at various levels. His university research laboratory, the Gas Surface Interaction Lab currently hosts 1 postdoctoral scholar, 5 PhD students, 3 Masters students, and 3 undergraduate students. Dr. Martin has published more than 50 peer-reviewed archival journal and conference papers, and is regularly invited to give presentations on ablation.


Present Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky College of Engineering
Present Associate Faculty, Center for Computational Science, University of Kentucky

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Best lecturer award, École Polytechnique, Montréal, QC, 2003, 2005
  • AIAA Award for Best Paper in Thermophysics, 2011

Contact Information

University of Kentucky, College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering - ME
261 RGAN
Lexington, KY 40506-0503
Phone: 859-257-4462
Fax: 859-257-3304


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