The Aerospace Research Center advances aerospace research at The Ohio State University by leading interdisciplinary research focused on aerospace technology, and by fostering outstanding graduate and undergraduate student education.

Since 2013, we have connected core strengths across the university, advancing knowledge and technology to address current and future air transportation challenges.


ARC serves as a unique resource for industry, academia, government labs and other organizations to collaborate on complex research challenges. Our faculty expertise includes power and propulsion, aerodynamics, materials science, controls, manufacturing, law, medicine and policy – all connected to aerospace.

ARC’s most prominent research areas are in unmanned aircraft systems, aerodynamic flow control and gas turbine engines.

Over 20 core and associated faculty conduct research through experimental, computational and theoretical approaches. Faculty are supported by a robust team of researchers and technical support staff, with over 45 graduate students and 10 undergraduates engaged in research.

On campus, faculty teach undergraduate courses focused on areas of ARC research.

Our funding sources are evenly spread across the federal government, industry and the state of Ohio, with annual expenditures growing from $2.8M in fiscal year 2017 to $7.7M in fiscal year 2020.

ARC’s cutting-edge experimental facilities and computational capabilities have supported groundbreaking discoveries that are now fueling some of industry’s latest improvements. With our strategic location at The Ohio State University Airport, we excel at advancing research along the spectrum from fundamental to applied (benchtop to flight!).

Air transportation research and manufacturing initiatives at Ohio State have attracted $160 million of externally-sponsored research support, including more than $45 million from industrial partners over the past 10 years.

ARC leverages Ohio’s record of success as a leader in the nation’s aerospace achievements. Ohio not only has a history of aerospace leadership, but also continues to innovate through a variety of aerospace entities.


Multiple laboratories are located at ARC, each leading investigations into various facets of complex aerospace research challenges. Visit the ARC website to view individual lab websites.

Learn how ARC is enhancing aerospace and aviation across the globe.


Unmanned aircraft systems are the next frontier of aviation. Researchers at ARC are developing solutions to advance fundamental and applied UAS technology. Center personnel are experts in a range of UAS topics, spanning from fundamental vehicle design to algorithm and avionics development and flight testing. Learn more.

New horizons in flight: UAS are poised to serve important roles in society, from performing routine or risky tasks to going on reconnaissance or life-saving missions.


Maximizing efficiency through aerodynamic flow control is key to achieving the next generation of performance improvements in aircraft. The ARC team is leading advancements in this new field of air transportation research, from fundamental to applied projects. Researchers are recognized globally for their expertise in utilizing modest energy inputs that enable significant performance improvements in aircraft through natural flow synergies. Learn more.

Small improvements, big gains: Aerodynamic flow control comprises a range of optimizations related to aircraft engines, structures, maneuverability and more.


Research in gas turbine engines at the Aerospace Research Center encompasses topics in jet propulsion and power generation. As leaders in this specialized field, ARC researchers use their expertise to drive engine improvements to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions and enhance performance and safety. The gas turbine teams at ARC are experts in developing solutions using high-tech simulations, structural modeling and high-fidelity experimental test environments. Learn more.

Advancing efficiency: The number of aircraft in service around the globe is increasing. Because of this, advancements in engine efficiency have a significant impact on carbon emission reduction and cost savings across industries.


ARC’s strength is in the depth and breadth of its expertise. Custom-designed facilities are a critical national resource for aerospace discovery, invention and solutions. From an on-site, working airfield to laser-based diagnostic systems, capabilities correspond to a range of topics. Our collaborators include industry, academia and government organizations, who often partner on using our high-end facilities.

Many ARC facilities are available for contract work and can be extended to a wide variety of situations to meet research and testing requirements.


Graduate and undergraduate students are key to realizing success in the ARC labs. Students perform critical roles in research projects, learning hands on skills and directly engaging in the research process.


Graduate students admitted to The Ohio State University may contact faculty in their areas of interest to discuss research associateships at ARC. Programs supporting graduate student research include MS (thesis/non-thesis) and PhD (BS to PhD and MS to PhD).

“Being a career Air Force officer, I was beyond impressed by the professionalism and aptitude of the faculty, staff and students at ARC, where I was surrounded by world-class researchers in a family-like environment.”

– Lt. Col. Michael Walker, ‘18, PhD Aerospace Engineering Assistant Professor, The Air Force Institute of Technology


Research assistant positions at ARC may be available for undergraduate students enrolled in degree-granting programs at The Ohio State University. To discuss available opportunities, students should contact faculty members and researchers in their areas of interest.

Assistantships are a great way to prepare for graduate school or explore a career in research. Students perform critical project roles, learning skills and directly participating in the research process. On campus, faculty teach undergraduate courses focused on areas of ARC research, which provide another point of engagement for undergraduate students.

By conducting undergraduate research at ARC, I had the opportunity to enhance my understanding of engineering theory, develop hands-on building skills and improve my ability to communicate technical content in the workplace. This experience has proven invaluable to me as a flight test engineer for the U.S. Navy.”

– Ross Heidersbach, ’18, BS Mechanical Engineering


Thank you for virtually visiting The Ohio State University’s world-renowned Aerospace Research Center (ARC). For more information, please enjoy the below video.

Questions? Reach out to Interim Director Jim Lawson, lawson.110@osu.edu.