Dr Marco Fossati

Senior Lecturer

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Personal statement

Dr. Fossati is Chancellor’s fellow and lecturer at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of the University of Strathclyde. His research interests are in the area of multiphysics computational aerodynamics. His expertise is in the field of numerical methods for aerodynamics with a focus on high-speed and non-equilibrium flows, Reduced Basis Methods for transonic regimes and mesh optimization and (re-)generation. At Strathclyde he is a member of the Aerospace Centre of Excellence (ACE) and coordinates the research in computational aerodynamics undertaken in the Laboratory for Future Air-Space Transportation Technologies (FASTT-Lab).

Prior to joining Strathclyde Dr. Fossati was Associate Director of the CFD Laboratory at McGill University in Canada where he currently holds an Adjunct Professor position. He has been visiting researcher at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He holds a PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics from Politecnico di Milano. He is member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, acts in the international advisory committee of the Parallel CFD conference, and serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Computational Physics, Physics of Fluids, AIAA Journal, International Journal of Multiphase Flows, Aerospace Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computers in Simulation and the International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics.


Analysis of transition for a flow in a channel via reduced basis methods
Pascarella Gaetano, Kokkinakis Ioannis, Fossati Marco
Fluids Vol 4 (2019)
Impact of POD modes energy redistribution on flow reconstruction for unsteady flows of impulsively started airfoils and wings
Pascarella G, Fossati M, Barrenechea G
International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics (2019)
Aerodynamic database development for a future reusable space launch vehicle, the Orbital 500R
Stindt Tristan, Merrifield Jim, Fossati Marco, Ricciardi Lorenzo Angelo, Maddock Christie Alisa, West Michael, Kontis Kostantinos, Farkin Bernard, McIntyre Stuart
The International Conference on Flight vehicles, Aerothermodynamics and Re-entry Missions and Engineering (2019)
Robust multi-objective optimisation of a descent guidance strategy for a TSTO spaceplane
Ricciardi Lorenzo A, Maddock Christie Alisa, Vasile Massimiliano, Stindt Tristan, Merrifield Jim, Fossati Marco, West Michael, Kontis Konstantinos, Farkin Bernard, McIntyre Stuart
International Conference on Flight vehicles, Aerothermodynamics and Re-entry Missions and Engineering (2019)
Direct and residual error estimation for adaptive reduced basis methods
Fossati Marco, Pascarella Gaetano, Barrenechea Gabriel
2019 Model Reduction of Complex Dynamical Systems (2019)
A kinetic BGK edge-based scheme including vibrational and electronic energy modes for high-Mach flows
Fossati M, Mogavero A, Herrera-Montojo J, Scoggins JB, Magin T
Computers and Fluids Vol 185, pp. 1-12 (2019)

More publications


  • Engineering Analysis 3 - Computaional Fluid Dynamics
  • Flight and Space Flight 1
  • Intro to Open-source CFD

Research interests

  • Multi-physics computational aerodynamics
  • Reduced Basis Methods for fluid mechanics
  • Nonequilibrium aerodynamics
  • Aerodynamic design
  • PH mesh adaptivity and (re)generation

Professional activities

Organizer of Minisymposium at ECCOMAS 2020
ATI-InnovateUK event on aerospace
SU2 developers meeting
31st International Symposium on Rarefied Gasdynamics
Organizer of 2 Minisymposia at ECCOMAS 2018
29th International Conference on Parallel Computational Fluid Dynamics

More professional activities


Robust- and sustainable-by-design ultra-higH aspEct ratio wing and Airframe (RHEA) H2020
Fossati, Marco (Principal Investigator) Minisci, Edmondo (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2023
Multi-disciplinary modelling of the aerothemodynamically-induced fragmentation of re-entering bodies (MIDGARD)
Fossati, Marco (Principal Investigator) Minisci, Edmondo (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2023
Stardust-R (Stardust Reloaded) H2020 MCSA ITN 2018
Vasile, Massimiliano (Principal Investigator) Fossati, Marco (Co-investigator) Grey, Stuart (Co-investigator) Minisci, Edmondo (Co-investigator) Riccardi, Annalisa (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
High-fidelity computational study of the aerothermodynamic performance of future sustainable access-to-space systems
Fossati, Marco (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2020

More projects


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
James Weir Building

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