Cooper's paper, "Numerical Investigation of Film Coefficient Engineering Methodology for Dissociated, Chemically Reacting Boundary Layers," uses an array of simulations to describe how engineers assess aerothermal heating related to the extreme heat spacecraft experience when they enter Earth's atmosphere.
Before becoming a student at the University of Kentucky, Cooper joined the army infantry, worked as a locksmith and sailed around the Pacific coast. He earned a bachelor's and master's degree from UK in mechanical engineering. He has also completed a co-op at the NASA Johnson Space Center, where he currently works as he finishes his Ph.D.
AIAA celebrates the authors of innovative research. Cooper's award is accompanied by a cash prize of $599.
Cooper's award will be presented by the Thermophysics Technical Committee at their upcoming meeting during the 2022 Aviation Forum.