Rolls-Royce and UVA - A Powerful Partnership

UVA Engineering is one of three Rolls-Royce University Technology Centers in the country engaged in world-class, collaborative research and technology programs in technologies that are critical to advancements in aerospace and advanced manufacturing.


UVA joined the Rolls-Royce University Technology Center network in 2014, elevating UVA Engineering's research and education programs so that researchers can create new knowledge in sectors that are critical to our society and economy, and students can become the next generation of leaders to advance breakthroughs in these fields.

Rolls-Royce Faculty at UVA Engineering

  • Elizabeth J. Opila

    Professor and Director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Center at UVA Engineering


    Elizabeth Opila is a Professor with joint appointments in Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Her current research focus includes understanding thermodynamic and kinetic mechanisms for material degradation in extreme environments, development of life prediction methodology based on understanding of fundamental chemical reaction mechanisms, and materials development for protection of materials from extreme environments.

    Professor Opila's Faculty Page
  • Peter Beling

    Professor and Interim Chair of Systems & Information Engineering


    Professor Beling's research interests are in the area of decision-making in complex systems, with emphasis on adaptive decision support systems and on model-based approaches to system-of-systems design and assessment.

    Professor Beling's Faculty Page
  • Harsha Chelliah

    Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


    Professor Chelliah's work includes soot formation and oxidation in gas turbine engine conditions using a high-pressure counterflow flame reactor and tubular flow reactor and understanding the coupling mechanisms between finite-rate chemistry and transport of silicon carbide synthesis and infiltration processes in a tubular flow reactor.

    Professor Chelliah's Faculty Page
  • Joshua J. Choi

    Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering


    Professor Choi's research group is focused on studying metal-organic perovskites and colloidal quantum dots - both material systems exhibit intriguing properties tunable by design while looking set to revolutionize the field of solution processed optoelectronic devices. Newly obtained insights are applied to fabrication and testing of prototype devices to demonstrate improved performance. Particularly, efforts will be focused on solution processing based device fabrication methods to simultaneously achieve a low-cost and high performance required for wide spread commercial deployment.

    Professor Choi's Faculty Page
  • Chloe Dedic

    Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


    Professor Dedic's area of expertise is the investigation and optimization of clean energy conversion and efficient energy utilization through the use of state-of-the-art laser spectroscopy and imaging diagnostics, especially the development of ultrafast coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering for combustion and non-equilibrium. She has been honored with invited talks at invited talks at a Gordon Research Conference, at the Friederich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg, the Los Alamos National Lab, and Sandia National Labs.

    Professor Dedic's Faculty Page
  • Haibo Dong

    Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


    Professor Dong leads the Flow Simulation Research Group (FSRG), with a fundamental interest in understanding the physics of complex flows of flying and swimming in nature by combining state-of-the-art computational methods, experimental tools, and theoretical fluid dynamics research. Research is driven by the quests to answer questions both from fundamental fluid dynamics problems and from practical applications. Current research in our group involves in biological fluid dynamics, insect flights, fish swimming, modeling and design of bio-inspired robots such as Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs), fluid-structure interaction, reduce order modeling, Cartesian grid methods, high-performance computing, high-speed photogrammetry, direct injection and simulation of small engines, bio-medical applications.

    Professor Dong's Faculty Page
  • Patrick E. Hopkins

    Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


    Professor Hopkins leads the ExSite group, with interests in energy transport, charge flow, and photonic interactions with condensed matter, soft materials, liquids, vapors and their interfaces.  We use various optical thermometry-based experiments to measure the thermal conductivity, thermal boundary conductance, thermal accommodation, strain propagation and sound speed, and electron, phonon, and vibrational scattering mechanisms in a wide array of bulk materials and nanosystems.

    Professor Hopkins' Faculty Page
  • Gary Koenig

    Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering


    Energy storage is a major challenge for a variety of applications. Batteries with higher energy density, better safety, and lower cost will be needed to continue the deployment of vehicles in the transportation sector that rely on electrical energy to drive their motors. In addition, energy storage is needed to provide energy for intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind and solar when weather conditions limit energy generation. Improving battery performance will require new innovations in battery materials, chemistries, and architectures. Professor Koenig's research investigates the design of new materials and materials chemistries.

    Professor Koenig's Faculty Page
  • Xiaodong (Chris) Li

    Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


    Professor Li’s expertise and interests include (but not limited to) additive manufacturing, smart manufacturing, nanomaterial-enabled energy systems, biological and bio-inspired materials and devices, biomechanics, micro/nanomechanics, surface engineering, and tribology.

    Professor Li's Faculty Page
  • Eric Loth

    Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor and Chair, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


    Professor Loth leads the Fluids Research & Innovation Laboratory, with projects focusing on unsteady fluid dynamics including micro- and nano-texturing coatings for self-cleaning, fluid dynamics and heat transfer of energy-storage systems, inlet aerodynamics of supersonic aircraft and inlet particle separators of helicopters, as well as bio-inspired morphing wind turbines to reduce off-shore cost of energy.

    Professor Loth's Faculty Page
  • Lin Ma

    Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


    Professor Ma's work focuses on development of novel diagnostics with 4D spatiotemporal resolution to study combustion, propulsion and fluid dynamics.

    Professor Ma's Faculty Page
  • Bi-Cheng Zhou

    Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering


    Professor Zhou's research areas include computational thermodynamics and kinetics (using the CALPHAD method), ab initio modeling of thermodynamics and diffusion, high-throughput DFT, alloy design, modeling of phase transformations in lightweight and high-temperature alloys, oxidation and corrosion in high-temperature systems, solid state ionic materials for energy applications, defect chemistry, as well as ionic transport.

    Professor Zhou's Faculty Page

UVA Engineering is proud to be a partner with Rolls-Royce and others in the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, an applied research center dedicated to delivering innovations in manufacturing technologies.