Christopher A. Mouton

christopher mouton
Associate Director, Acquisition and Technology Policy Center, National Security Research Division; Engineer
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 the RAND Corporation who serves as associate director of the Acquisition and Technology Policy Center. 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


  • A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III taxis to its parking spot Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 25, 2012

    Peacetime Fuel 'Tankering' Could Save $25 Million Per Year

    Fuel tankering involves carrying excess fuel on an aircraft when flying from origins where fuel is less expensive than at the destination. Tankering fuel to a conflict zone such as Afghanistan is almost always cost-effective, but the story is more complex in other regions because of the way fuel is purchased and resold within the DoD itself.

    May 4, 2015 The RAND Blog