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Nominated to the MIT Technology Review magazine’s “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” in 2005, Adam Rasheed has turned his childhood passion for aerospace into an exciting career.
Rasheed has made fundamental improvements to an aircraft propulsion system based on a pulsed-detonation engine. This is a technology in which a fuel-air mixture is compressed and exploded as many as 100 times per second. This kind of pulsed detonation creates vastly higher pressures than the slower burn of a conventional engine’s combustion chamber. In theory, it offers a five percent efficiency gain. Rasheed built a prototype that operates longer and without the oxygen enrichment required by other research efforts – a critical enabler for aircraft applications. And he was the first person to use this kind of technology to drive the turbines that are at the heart of today’s jet engines.
After graduating from Carleton, Rasheed worked at GasTOPs Limited, did grad studies at Caltech and is now working with GE Global Research in NewYork. He also serves on the Airbreathing Propulsion Technical Committee for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
“I have always felt that Carleton’s aero engineering program prepared me exceptionally well for my career and gave me the grounding I needed to successfully tackle any challenging technical problem that came my way,” says Rasheed.