Joseph Heston is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame. In May 2020, he graduated from Gonzaga University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering with minors in applied mathematics, mathematics, and physics.

He specializes in hydrodynamic stability and transition to turbulence in hypersonic flows, including nonlinear stability theories (energy method and energy gradient theory). His present work involves development and applications of the stress-wave force balance technique in ground testing facilities for hypersonic systems development.


B.S., Gonzaga University, 2020

Research Interests

  • Nonlinear Transition Phenomena in Hypersonics
  • Fractional Calculus
  • Aristotelian Virtue Ethics
  • Jet in Hypersonic Crossflow


Member, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

Member, International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry