The Gas Dynamics Laboratory (GDL) is part of the Signal and Information Sciences Laboratory (SISL) of the Applied Research Laboratories at The University of Texas at Austin (ARL:UT).
GDL was founded in 2008 by Dr. Charles E. Tinney in the Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department of the University of Texas at Austin. The facility was constructed in Building 124 of the J.J. Pickle Research Campus (where the old, open-circuit, low-speed wind tunnel resided) and was made possible by the hard work of several dozen undergraduate and graduate research assistants.
In 2016, the GDL’s infrastructure was disassembled and relocated to a brand new building located behind the security gates of ARL:UT (ARL:UT is a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) located at the J. J. Pickle Research Campus). At the onset of this transition, Mr. John Valdez, Research Scientist Associate, joined ARL:UT and was appointed as the official custodian of the GDL.