Christopher A. Mouton

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Engineer; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.S. and Ph.D. in aero/astro engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech); B.S. in aero/astro engineering, University of Texas


Christopher Mouton is an engineer at RAND and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his master's degree from the California Institute of Technology. In 2006, he earned his Ph.D. from Caltech for his studies of Mach reflection. His thesis covered experimental results using a supersonic Ludwieg tube, numerical results using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional codes, as well as theoretical estimates for Mach reflection. He was awarded the William F. Ballhaus Prize for the best thesis in aeronautics.

Selected Publications

Christopher A. Mouton and Hans G. Hornung, "Experiments on the Mechanism of Inducing Transition between Regular and Mach Reflection," Physics of Fluids, 20(12), 2008

Christopher A. Mouton and Hans G. Hornung, "Mach Stem Height and Growth Rate Predictions," AIAA Journal, 45(9), 2007