B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering, University of Queensland, 1991​Ph.D. ​Mechanical Engineering, University of Queensland, 1999

"Oh, that view is tremendous"

John Glenn aboard spacecraft Friendship 7, Feb. 20, 1962.

Professor Goyne obtained a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 1991 and 1999, respectively. During his Ph.D. research, Prof. Goyne specialized in high-speed aerodynamics, high-speed air-breathing propulsion and instrumentation development. Upon completion of his graduate studies, Goyne joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia as a Research Associate. Here he conducted research in hypersonic propulsion using the University of Virginia’s unique Supersonic Combustion Facility. This work was funded by NASA’s Hyper-X Program. He briefly returned to the University of Queensland to participate in the HyShot scramjet flight test program before joining the faculty at the University of Virginia. Now an Associate Professor and Director of the Aerospace Research Laboratory, he continues his work in hypersonic air-breathing propulsion, supersonic aerodynamics, hypersonic ground and flight test techniques, diagnostic and measurement technique development, controls and advanced manufacturing. 

Prof. Goyne is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and within this organization is past Chair of the Hypersonic Technology and Aerospace Planes Program Committee. He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Shock Waves journal. Prof. Goyne has lead roles within the University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics. As part of this organization, he was elected to the Governance Board and leads the International Engagement Working Group. Prof. Goyne also serves on the Governor of Virginia's Aerospace Advisory Council and is Chair of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium Advisory Council. He has reviewed manuscripts for the AIAA Journal, the Journal of Propulsion and Power, the Journal of Aircraft, Experiments in Fluids and the Journal of Aerospace Engineering, as well as for AIAA professional conferences. He has chaired various sessions at international aerospace conferences and participated in invited panels and lectures. Prof. Goyne is currently the Faculty Advisor for the University of Virginia student chapters of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Sigma Gama Tau. 


  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering James C. McDaniel Fellow, University of Virginia 2023
  • Outstanding Researcher, 4th Annual University of Virginia Research Achievement Awards 2022
  • Virginia Govenor's Appointment to the Aerospace Advisory Council (current) 2019
  • Associate Editor, Shock Waves journal (current) 2019
  • Faculty Fellow, Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow Program, Air Force Office of Scientific Research 2012
  • Chair of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium Advisory Council (current) 2011
  • Best Paper Award, Aerodynamic Measurement Technology, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2010
  • Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2009
  • Chair, AIAA Hypersonic Technologies and Aerospace Planes (HyTASP) Program Committee 2008-2011
  • Sigma Gamma Tau Outstanding Aerospace Professor Award, Sigma Gamma Tau, University of Virginia 2006
  • University of Queensland Australian Postgraduate Research Award 1992
  • University of Queensland James Dowrie Academic Prize 1990

Research Interests

  • Hypersonics
  • Scramjets
  • Instrumentation and laser diagnostics
  • Wind tunnel testing
  • Flight testing
  • Controls
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Rotating machinery
NASA, hypersonic, scramjet

Compared to a rocket-powered vehicle like the Space Shuttle, scramjet (supersonic combustion ramjet) powered vehicles promise more airplane-like operations for increased affordability, flexibility and safety for ultra high-speed flights within the atmosphere and into Earth's orbit. Because they do not have to carry their own oxidizers, as rockets must, vehicles powered by air-breathing scramjets can be smaller and lighter - or be the same size and carry more payload. NASA

In the News

Selected Publications

  • Hybrid Large Eddy Simulation/Reynolds-Averaged Navier–Stokes Analysis of a Premixed Ethylene-Fueled Dual-Mode Scramjet Combustor, AIAA Journal, 2021 ABS Nielsen, T, Edwards, JR, Chelliah, HK, Lieber, DA, Geipel, CM, Goyne, CP, Rockwell, RD, and Cutler, AD
  • High-resolution PIV for characterization of the inflow to a cavity flameholder, Measurement Science and Technology, Vol 31, Issue 11, 2020 ABS Lieber, DA, Goyne, CP, and Gibbons, NP
  • Hydrodynamic Performance Characteristics of a Fluid Film Journal Bearing with a Rectangular Jacking Pocket, Journal of Tribology, Vol 142, Issue 2, 2020 ABS Branagan, M, Morgan, N, Goyne, C, Fittro, R, Rockwell, R, and He, M
  • Simulated Shock Train Control using an All-Coefficient Adaptive Control Approach, AIAA SciTech Forum, 2019 ABS Rockwell, RD, Goyne, CP, Di, L, Lin, Z, Bakos, R, and Donbar, JM
  • Flame Structure and Dynamics in a Premixed Dual-mode Scramjet Combustor from Fluorescence Imaging, Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol 35, Issue 3, 2019 ABS Allison, PM, Frederickson, K, Kirik, JW, Rockwell, RD, Goyne, CP, Lempert, WR, and Sutton, JA
  • Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy of a Hydrogen Diffusion Flame in a Ramjet, AIAA Journal, Vol 57, Issue 1, 2018 ABS Cutler, AD, Cantu, LML, Gallo, ECA, Mannotti, G, Rockwell, RD, and Goyne, CP
  • Aerodynamics of Lean Blowout in a Premixed Dual-Mode Scramjet, Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol 34, Issue 3, 2018 ABS Kirik JW, Goyne CP, McDaniel JC, and Rockwell RD

Courses Taught

  • MAE 4120 Air-breathing Propulsion Fall
  • MAE 4690/4700 Spacecraft Design I/II Fall and Spring
  • Faculty Advisor University of Virginia Student Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Faculty Advisor University of Virginia Student Chapter of Sigma Gamma Tau