Mr. Ken Xiques

Principal Research Engineer II, Rotorcraft Systems Engineering & Simulation Center (RSESC)


Mr. Xiques has a B.S. degree in Physics and a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Memphis. He has over forty years of experience in computer simulation of complex problems in engineering mechanics and heat transfer associated with space, defense and industrial technologies. He has engaged in development, validation and application of advanced commercial and research CFD software.

Mr Xiques has also managed projects and applied commercial and research codes to solve complex flow problems for government agencies and industry. He served as project engineer on various NASA and BMDATC contracts providing engineering support. These contracts include the Space Shuttle SRB Redesign Program, the NASP Program, the SSME Design and Analysis Program, the Kennedy Space Center Excess Hydrogen Analysis Program, the ENNK Aerodynamic Integration and Analysis Program, the Aerodynamics Investigation Program, the BOAST Program, the Aerothermal Technology Development Program and the HEDI, D-2, ENDO-LEAP, THAAD, ARROW and ERINT interceptor programs. Mr. Xiques has also engaged in application of advanced CFD codes to solve complex engineering problems under contract to defense agencies. These applications include hypersonic flow analysis for advanced SDI interceptor technology programs and aerodynamic analysis of foreign missile systems which required simulation of aero-propulsion systems, stage separation, spinning missiles, aero-optics, optical window protection, turbulence modeling, jet interactions, inlet and nozzle design, vane effectiveness, and aerodynamic assessment. Mr. Xiques has authored numerous technical reports, documents and papers detailing research performed in industry, government and academic roles and written training material and user's guides for commercial and research CFD packages.


  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Memphis
  • B.S., Physics, University of Memphis