Purdue Aeronautics Graduate Student
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Hello, my name is Marat Kulakhmetov and I am an aerodynamics and propulsion graduate student at Purdue University. I have received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 2009 from University of Connecticut and a master's degree in aerospace engineering from Purdue University in 2011. Right now I am a Ph.D. student at Purdue University, working in Professor Alexeenko's Rarefied Gas Dynamics Laboratory. My research interests are in hypersonic aerodynamics and propulsion. I am interested in both high speed cruise vehicles and atmospheric re-entry vehicles. I hope that some of my work would make entry into Earth and Mars cheaper and safer. I would like to see a human colony on Mars within the next 30 years and terraformation of Mars within the next 100 years. I am also curious about deep space exploration, autonomous aviation and anything else that flies.

I am also a private pilot, working toward a certified flight instructor (CFI) rating. Often times, flying inspires me and helps me relieve stress. You can find many of my flying pictures online. In the little free time that I have, I build video UAV drones with 5+mi range, 70+ mi/h cruise speeds that are flown through video goggles. Videos of my drones could also be found online.

Feel free to browse through my website and contact me if you would like to talk about my research or hobbies.


It is not really necessary to look too far into the future; we see enough already to be certain it will be magnificent. Only let us hurry and open the roads. - Wilbur Wright