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 his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. from the University of Queensland in 1991 and 1999, respectively. In the course of his Ph.D. research,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 and diagnostic and measurement technique development. Goyne also conducts research on the interaction of fluids with rotating machinery in collaboration with the Rotating Machinery and Controls (ROMAC) Industrial Program at the University of Virginia.

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 Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Technical Committee within AIAA and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has reviewed numerous manuscripts for the AIAA Journal, the Journal of Propulsion and Power, the Journal of Aircraft, Experiments in Fluids and the Journal of Aerospace Engineering. He has chaired various sessions at international aerospace conferences and participated in a number of invited panels and lectures. Goyne is currently the Faculty Advisor for the University of Virginia student chapters of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and also Sigma Gama Tau. 


  • Govenor's Appointment to the Aerospace Advisory Council (current) 2019
  • Chair of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium Advisory Council (current) 2019
  • Best Paper Award, Aerodynamic Measurement Technology, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2010
  • Faculty Fellow, Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow Program, Air Force Office of Scientific Research 2012
  • Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2009
  • 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

  • Scramjets
  • Hypersonics
  • Laser diagnostics
  • Wind tunnel testing
  • Rotating machinery

JefferSat CRM on NASA Scientific Balloon

JefferSat Cosmic Ray Mission (CRM) is a flight experiment developed by undergraduate engineering students at the University of Virginia. The experiment was designed, build and flown as part of Prof. Goyne's spacecraft design course within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

In the News

Selected Publications

  • Scramjet Combustion Efficiency Measurement via Tomographic Absorption Spectroscopy and Particle Image Velocimetry, AIAA Journal, 2016 ABS Kristin M Busa, Brian E Rice, James C McDaniel, Christopher P Goyne, Robert D Rockwell, Jesse A Fulton, Jack R Edwards, Glenn S Diskin
  • Visualization of Simulated Fuel–Air Mixing in a Dual-Mode Scramjet, Journal of Propulsion and Power, 2016 ABS Luca ML Cantu, Emanuela CA Gallo, Andrew D Cutler, Brett F Bathel, Paul M Danehy, Robert D Rockwell, Christopher P Goyne, James C McDaniel
  • Compliant Gas Foil Bearings and Analysis Tools, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 2016 ABS Michael Branagan, David Griffin, Christopher Goyne, Alexandrina Untaroiu
  • Focusing-schlieren visualization in a dual-mode scramjet, Experiments in Fluids, 2015 ABS Toshinori Kouchi, Christopher P Goyne, Robert D Rockwell, James C McDaniel
  • Comparison of a Direct-Connect and Freejet Dual-Mode Scramjet, Journal of Propulsion and Power, 2015 ABS Thomas B Steva, Christopher P Goyne, Robert D Rockwell Jr, Daniel Cresci, Jonathan W Osborne

Courses Taught

  • MAE 4120 Air-breathing Propulsion Fall
  • MAE 4690/4700 Spacecraft Design I/II Fall and Spring