Cory Mikida

Graduate Student

Champaign, IL




I'm a graduate student in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I'm co-advised by Professor Dan Bodony (AE) and Professor Andreas Kloeckner (CS), and my research focuses are in numerics, specifically in the realm of multi-rate time integration applied to CFD simulation.

Awards and Achievements

  • Student Travel Award for SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (Spokane, WA - 2019)
  • SUNY Buffalo Provost Scholarship Winner (2010 - 2014)
  • Northrop Grumman $10,000 Scholarship Winner (2010)
  • Clarkson Leadership Award Winner (2010)


  • Fortran
  • Python
  • C++
  • Matlab
  • Microsoft Office

© Cory Mikida, 2019

Research Experience

Graduate Research Assistant - UIUC Department of Aerospace Engineering
Aug 2014 - Current

Currently working within a Department of Energy funded project team (XPACC) on implementation of multi-rate time integrators for multiphysics simulation of plasma-coupled combustion.

Undergraduate Research Assistant - Texas A&M Department of Aerospace Engineering
Summer 2012

Conducted research with a faculty advisor in the aerospace department for 10 weeks involving the use of AUTO bifurcation software packages in post-processing analysis of computational fluid dynamics flowfield program outputs.


Multi-Rate Time Integration on Overset Meshes. C. Mikida, A. Kloeckner, D. Bodony Submitted to Journal of Computational Physics. (May 2018) See https://arxiv.org/abs/1805.06607.

Work Experience

Summer Internship - Los Alamos National Laboratory
Summer 2016

Spent a summer working in the plasma physics group with Dr. Luis Chacon and Dr. Guangye Chen optimizing a particle-in-cell (PIC) code written in Fortran, leveraging both a conceptual and computational understanding of the scientific procedure at hand.

Summer Internship(s) - Moog, Inc.
2013 - 2014

Performed design and analysis work in the Space and Defense Group for the blocking valve of a thrust-control actuation system; used ANSYS, UGS NX 7.5, and Simulink to perform dynamic modeling and stress analyses to inform component geometry changes.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
May 2017 - Current

PhD Candidate in Aerospace Engineering
Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering (May 2017)
Master's Thesis: Multi-rate Time Integration on Overset Meshes

State University of New York at Buffalo
2010 - 2014

Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering
Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering
Minor in Mathematics