Dr. Patrick Rodi is a Professor of the Practice in Mechanical Engineering at Rice University. Patrick earned his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Rice University this fall, Dr. Rodi worked in the industry for 23 years specializing in high-speed aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, and vehicle design, most recently as a Lockheed Martin Fellow and the AeroSciences Lead on the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. Patrick has authored over 50 papers on hypersonics, artificial intelligence, grid generation, and optimization. Dr. Rodi is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, and Vice President and Chief Technology Officer with Adelante Sciences Corporation in Houston, Texas.