upcoming conferences
    RGD Symposium 2018
         July 23-27, Glasgow, UK
         Abstract deadline Mar. 15
    AIAA Aviation 2018
         June 25-29, Atlanta, Georgia 
         Manuscript deadline May 16
what we do


We employ direct simulation Monte Carlo, deterministic Boltzmann solvers and Molecular Dynamics for improved modeling of non-equilibrium and non-continuum flows, fundamental transport processes, and material response within multi-scale, multi-physics systems.


We work with research collaborators at UIUC, both in MechSE and across the College of Engineering, and with other universities, NASA and Air Force to tackle current modeling challenges in support of engineering design.

research areas


Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

deterministic Boltzmann solvers

direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC)


gas/plasma-surface interactions

hypersonic/high-altitude NEQ flows

hybrid continuum/kinetic methods

material defect/property relationships​

molecular dynamics (MD)

rare events and tail-driven processes

surface chemistry​​

who we are


The computational kinetics group (CKG) is a multi-disciplinary team of researchers in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at UIUC. Our graduate students pursue academic tracks in both Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (TAM) and Mechanical Engineering (ME) programs, and our common ground is centered on computational modeling.

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News & Publications



Congratulations to Sharanya Subramaniam - Graduate student and Ph.D. candidate Sharanya Subramaniam successfully completed her qualifying exam for the Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Program. Sharanya's dissertation topic involves the formulation of continuum breakdown parameters for multi-temperature and state-to-state frameworks. Congratulations, Sharanya!



Prof Stephani named AIAA Associate Fellow - Prof. Kelly Stephani has been elected to the 2018 class of Associate Fellows for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The organization will formally honor and induct the class at a recognition ceremony in January 2018, in conjunction with the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition.


Prof Stephani showcases work to NASA officials, lawmakers on Capitol Hill - Prof. Kelly Stephani presented her impactful work to some of the highest officials in NASA on Capitol Hill. It was a part of “NASA Technology Day on the Hill,” the sixth annual event in which the space agency showcases its own work as well as university-partnered projects and new technologies developed in academia and industry. This research – an effort to better protect spacecraft as they reenter earth’s atmosphere – has been funded by a 2015 NASA Early Career Faculty Award

current openings
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the
       areas of high-temperature reacting
       flows/high performance computing