Stenila Simon

ORCID Identifier(s)


Graduation Semester and Year




Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

First Advisor

Bernd Chudoba


The conceptual design phase is the most crucial phase in hypersonic vehicle design. Choices made during this phase will have significant impact on the success of the overall project and the feasibility of the end-product. Therefore, it is of utmost importance for the design decision-maker to be adequately informed of past-to-present projects throughout the aerospace community and lessons learned from them. This avoids wasting valuable time and resources for reinventing the wheel. There currently exists no one-stop solution in the aerospace industry to address the issue of lost data, information and knowledge in the field of high-speed vehicle design. The Vehicle Configuration Compendium (VCC) is a self-contained parametric library envisioned by Dr. Chudoba and conceptualized and developed in the AVD (Aerospace Vehicle Design) Laboratory with his guidance to address this need. The VCC combines a comprehensive data, information and knowledge system and is currently in the alpha stage of software development. This compendium, developed to aid in design decision-making and forecasting, features data, information and knowledge collected from hundreds of credible technical sources, which have been selected, digitized, sorted and presented in a user-friendly graphical user interface to parametrically support the education and utilization process of disciplinary analysis engineers, multi-disciplinary designers, and students alike. Earning endorsement and high praise from NASA for its role as a verification companion during the AVD Laboratory NASA-funded research activity regarding hypersonic commercial transportation, the VCC is already proving itself as a much-needed tool in the aerospace industry.


High-speed vehicle design, Design knowledge, Hypersonics, Knowledge preservation, Aerospace vehicle design, Aerospace vehicle design synthesis, Vehicle configuration compendium


Aerospace Engineering | Engineering | Mechanical Engineering


Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington