Matthew Clarke

Aerospace Engineer


STEM Advocate


I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. My research focuses on developing tools to design, analyze and optimize non-conventional, supersonic and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. My thesis explores the use of acoustic noise prediction techniques to guide the development of urban air mobility (UAM) vehicles.

It is an exciting time to be in aerospace as we look to address many of today's congestion problems around major cities and transit hubs such as airports. Though eVTOLs appear to answer the many shortcomings of commuter travel, public acceptability depends on their seamless (and quiet) integration. My work strives to make this a reality!

I am also a Tau Beta Pi Fellow and a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).

Recent News & Updates !

On to the next chapter!

The past 3 months at A³ by Airbus have been nothing short of amazing. Thank you to everyone who has made my summer experience a memorable one - from my UAM Aero/Acoustics team, the recruiting team, UTM, ADAM, Wayfinder, project executives and many more. To work in a company where everyone is motivated and passionate about shaping the future of aerospace was truly remarkable. Though it is the end of one chapter, the skills, lessons and mindset attained will form the canvas of the next one!

Reducing aircraft design and analysis from months to seconds!

This video highlights the new Vortex Lattice Method (VLM) formulation built into SUAVE and developed by the Aerospace Design Lab at Stanford for the rapid analysis of both conventional and novel aircraft configurations. This implementation is able to handle subsonic, supersonic and transonic flight regimes.

“It always seems impossible until its done.”

– Nelson Mandela