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Welcome to the HORIZON (High-Speed Original Research and Innovation Zone) Research Group!  We are based at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma, TN and are building towards national leadership in aerospace and defense research.

HORIZON was founded in the fall of 2014 when John Schmisseur joined the faculty at UTSI.  His goal was to conduct foundational research in aerothermodynamics and the science of ground testing through both his research on the numerical modeling of complex flows and shock waves, and the experimental capabilities of the university.

HORIZON also has a close partnership with the Arnold Engineering and Development Complex (AEDC) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) both located at Arnold Air Force Base, a few minutes from UTSI’s campus. Schmisseur’s hope is that working with AEDC and AFRL will create a culture of hypersonic research and innovation within the region that strongly impacts national technology development programs.

Aerial Shot of UTSI

Contact Us

411 B. H. Goethert Parkway
Tullahoma, TN 37388



Phil Kreth
Assistant Professor
Phone: (931) 393-7484

Mark Gragston
Assistant Professor
Phone: (931) 393-7373

Ryan Bond
Research Professor
Phone: (931) 393-7286

John Schmisseur
Executive Director
B. H. Goethert Professor
H. H. Arnold Chair
Phone: (931) 393-7274