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Tom Shih

2009 - J. William Uhrig and Anastasia Vournas Head and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Freshman Year, West Virginia University, 1971-72
B.S.E., National Cheng Kung University, 1976
M.S.E., The University of Michigan, 1977
Ph.D., The University of Michigan, 1981


701 W. Stadium Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

Office Phone: +1 765 49-43006
Office Fax: +1 765 49-40307


fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermal management, turbine cooling

Awards and Major Appointments


  • Ralph R. Teetor Award, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Feb. 1986
  • Tau Beta Pi Teacher of the Year Award, College of Engineering, University of Florida, April 1988
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 1998
  • Tau Beta Pi, Eminent Engineer, 2008
  • Distinguished Engineering Educator Award, Engineers' Council of San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks, California, 2010
  • Acorn Award - Seed for Success, Purdue University, 2010 and 2014
  • Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2011
  • Energy Systems Award, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2015
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Cheng-Kung University, 2016

Current Advisory Service

  • Exa Corporation (Corporate Advisor)
  • External Advisory Board, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Advisory Board, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University
  • Review Board, AFRL Collaborative Center for Aeronautical Sciences
  • Advisory Board, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University
  • Advisory Board, Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

Current Professional Societies

  • AIAA Ethics Committee
  • AIAA Academic Affairs Committee (chair since 2016)
  • AIAA Executive Nominating Committee
  • IGTI K-14 Committee
  • Aerospace Department Chairs Association (chair, 2005-06)

Research Areas

  • Mathematical modelling of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and combustion problems.
  • Development of numerical methods and codes for the study of fluid flow, heat transfer, and combustion problems (grid generation and "Navier-Stokes" solver). Current focus is on verification, validation, and uncertainty quantification issues in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), methods that provide a posteriori estimates of errors in CFD solutions, inflow/outflow boundary conditions for large-eddy simulations (LES), and interface boundary conditions for hybrid methods that use LES and Reynolds averaged equations.
  • Computational studies of problems in aerodynamics (airfoils and wings with ice accretion, control of shock-wave/boundary-layer interactions by bleed, and mixed-compression inlets for supersonic aircraft); energy, power, and propulsion systems (gas turbine combustors, piston and rotary engines, automotive torque converters, automotive clutches, liquid-ring vacuum pumps, thermoelectric power generators); cooling of gas-turbine hot section (blade-passage/endwall aerodynamics and heat transfer; internal and film cooling of turbine vanes, blades, and "edges"; conjugate heat transfer); multi-functional heat exchangers for aerospace applications; two-phase flows (free-surface flows, objects impacting from air into oceans, electrodeposition of colloidal particles; particle/particle and particle/fluid interactions in particle-laden flows, and atomization and sprays); materials processing (thermal spray forming, cold spray forming); and multifunction materials (thermal-fluid issues and energy harvesting).


    Shih, T. I-P. and Durbin, P., “Modeling and Simulation of Turbine Cooling,” in Turbine Aerodynamics, Heat Transfer, Materials, and Mechanics, Editors: T. Shih and V. Yang, Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, Vol. 243, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2014, pp. 389-421

    Shih, T.I-P. and Yang, V., Editors, Turbine Aerodynamics, Heat Transfer, Materials, and Mechanics, Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, Vol. 243, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2014

    Lee, C.-S., Shih, T.I-P., and Bryden, K.M., “Effects of Averaging the Heat-Transfer Coefficient on the Predicted Material Temperature and Its Gradient,” ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, Vol. 139, Feb. 2017, 022002-1 to 022002-14 (doi: 10.1115/1.4034698).

    Sathyanarayanan, S.K. and Shih, T.I-P., “Time-Accurate Conjugate Analysis of Transient Measurements of Heat-Transfer Coefficients,” AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, Vol. 31, 2017, DOI: 10.2514/1.T4723 (

    Li, W., Zhang, J., Mi, Zhao, Tao, Z., Childs, P., and Shih, T.I-P., “The Effect of Gravity on R410A Condensing Flow in Horizontal Circular Tubes,” Numerical Heat Transfer, Part A: Applications, Vol. 71, No. 3, 2017, pp. 327-340 (

    Khan, T.A., Li, W., Zhang, J., Shih, T. I-P., “Local Vibrations and Lift Performance of Low Reynolds Number Airfoil,” Propulsion and Power Research, Vol. 6, 2017, pp. 79-90 (

    Zhang, W. and Shih, T.I-P., “An Adaptive Downstream Anisotropic Eddy-Viscosity Model for Hybrid RANS/LES Simulations,” AIAA 2017-0977, AIAA Sci Tech, Jan. 2017.

    Shih, T.I-P., Lee, C.-S., and Bryden, K.M., “Scaling Heat-Transfer Coefficients Measured under Laboratory Conditions to Engine-Relevant Conditions,” ASME Paper GT2017-64039, Charlotte, NC, June 2017.

    Town, J., Straub, D., Blak, J., Thole, K., and Shih, T.I-P., “State-of-the-Art Cooling Technology for a Turbine Rotor Blade,” ASME Paper GT2017-64728, Charlotte, NC, June 2017. Also, ASME J. of Turbomachinery, accepted.

    Stratton, Z.T. and Shih, T.I-P., “Effects of Density and Blowing Ratios on the Turbulent Structure and Effectiveness of Film Cooling,” ASME Paper GT2018-76170, Oslo, Norway, June 2018. Also, ASME J. of Turbomachinery, accepted.

    Hu, K.S.-Y., Chi, X., Shih, T.I-P., Chyu, M., and Crawford, M., “Steady RANS of Flow and Heat Transfer in a Smooth and Pin-Finned U-Duct with a Trapezoidal Cross Section,” ASME Paper GT2018-75530, Oslo, Norway, June 2018. Also, ASME J. of Turbomachinery, accepted.

    Hu, K.S. and Shih, T.I-P., “Large-Eddy and RANS Simulations of Heat Transfer in a U-Duct with a High-Aspect Ratio Trapezoidal Cross Section,” ASME Paper 2018-75535, Oslo, Norway, June 2018.

    Pardeshi, I., Liu, J., and Shih, T.I-P., “A Reduced-Order Model for Predicting Hot-Gas Ingestion into the Wheelspace of Gas Turbines," ASME Paper GT2018-75802, Oslo, Norway, June 2018.