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Professor of Hypersonic Aerodynamics, The University of Queensland

Professor Smart’s research interests are in: Hypersonic aerodynamics, scramjets, compressible fluid flow.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) at UQ in 1985 and Master of Engineering Science at UQ in 1987, and was awarded a PhD at the Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York, in 1995.

He was appointed an Associate Professor in the Centre for Hypersonics in 2005 after spending 10 years as a research scientist at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia.

He is the chief investigator on the five-year National and International Research Alliances partnership collaboration between UQ, the Queensland Government, Boeing, USAF and DSTO to conduct scramjet-related flight tests as part of the HiFIRE program.

As head of UQ's HyShot Group, Professor Smart leads scramjet related research within the Centre for Hypersonics, with particular emphasis on flight applications.


  • –present
    Head, Hyshot Group; Chair of Hypersonic Propulsion, University of Queensland


  • 1995 
    Polytechnic University, PhD/Astronautics & Aeronautics


2012 International Congress for Aeronatucs (ICAS) Von Karman Award for International Co-operation in Aeronautics