Pasquale ‘PC’ Cinnella, Ph.D., P.E.

Pasquale 'PC' Cinnella

Emeritus Professor


Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1989.
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1987.

Pasquale Cinnella received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1989 and joined the Aerospace Engineering faculty in 1990.

Teaching Areas

  • Physical Gas Dynamics
  • Compressible Aerodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

Taught Courses

Undergraduate Courses
  • ASE 3333 Aerothermodynamics
  • ASE 4343 Compressible Aerody
  • EM 2413 Engineering Mechanics I
  • EM 2433 Engineering Mechanics II
  • EM 3313 Fluid Mechanics
Graduate Courses
  • ASE 8363 Comp Heat Transfer
  • ASE 8423 Computational Fluid Dynamics II
  • ASE 8323 Advanced Compressible Aerodynamics II

Research Areas

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Hypersonic Gas Dynamics
  • Combustion Simulations

Funding Agencies

  • Waterways Experiment Station
  • Polytechnic of Bari, Italy
  • NASA Stennis
  • National Science Foundation
  • Lockheed-Martin, Denver, CO
  • NASA Marshall
  • US Air Force
  • US Army Space and Missile Command


  • Cinnella, P., and Cox, C. F., "Modern Computational Techniques for 3D Hypersonic Flows," in Molecular Physics and Hypersonic Flows, Ed. M. Capitelli, pp. 543-560, Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands, 1996.
  • Cinnella, P., and Cox, C. F., "Computational Reacting Flow," in The Computer Science and Engineering Handbook, Ed. A. B. Tucker, Jr., pp. 892-911, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 1996.
  • Carino, R. L., Cox, C. F., Zhu, J., and Cinnella, P., "On Building a Parallel Version of a 'Real Gas' Flow Solver," in Nonlinear Problems in Aviation and Aerospace, Ed. S. Sivasundaram, Vol. 11, pp. 195-208, Gordon and Breach, The Netherlands, 2000.

Select Journal Publications

  • Wu, J., Tang, L., Luke, E.A., Tong, X.-L., and Cinnella, P., "Comprehensive Numerical Study of Jet-Flow Impingement over Flat Plates," Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 39, No. 3, pp. 357-366, 2002.
  • Liu, Q.Y., Luke, E.A., and Cinnella, P., "Coupling Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow Solvers for Multidisciplinary Simulations," Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 417-427, 2005.
  • Luke, E.A., and Cinnella, P., "Numerical simulations of mixtures of fluids using upwind algorithms," Computers and Fluids, Vol. 36, pp. 1547-1566, 2007.

Select Conference Proceedings

  • Cinnella, P. and Gaiaschi, P., "Enhanced Models for Mixtures of Fluids in Chemical Equilibrium at High Pressures," Paper No. 2007-4160, 37th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference, 2007.
  • Cinnella, P., Bridges, D.H., and Vizzini, A.J., "Designing a Self-Assessment Process for ABET Accreditation," Paper No. 2007-0300, 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2007.
  • Cinnella, P., and Gaiaschi, P., “Simulations of Mixtures of Fluids in Chemical Equilibrium at High Pressures” Paper No. 2009-4037, 39th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference, 2009.
  • Ballard, J.R., Cinnella, P., and Howington, S.E., “A Heat and Fluid Transport Simulation of a Soil-Root-Stem System,” Paper No. 2009-4042, 39th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference, 2009.
  • Ballard, J. R., Howington, S.E., Cinnella, P., and Smith, J. A., “Simulated Seasonal Spatio-Temporal Patterns of Soil Moisture, Temperature, and Net Radiation in a Deciduous Forest,” IGARSS 2011 Conference, Vancouver CA, 2011.

Honors and Awards

  • Hearing Distinguished Professor, MSU, 1999/2000
  • Research Unit Award for Outstanding Contribution in Research, Medallion Certificate-Southeastern Section ASEE, 1996
  • Outstanding Research Paper in the College of Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1995
  • Outstanding Research Paper in the College of Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1993

Professional Memberships

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Associate Fellow
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Society for Industrial Applied Mathematics (SIAM)