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William E. Anderson

William E. Anderson

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

School of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Purdue University
701 W. Stadium Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

Office: ARMS 3207

Phone: +1 765 49-62658


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1996
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Arizona, 1984
  • B.S., Chemistry, Arizona State University, 1979


Research Interests

  • Chemical propulsion and design methodologies


  • Global Engineering Program Director 2011
  • Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2011
  • Best Paper Award, Liquid Propulsion Technical Committee, "Experimental Studies of Combustion Instabilities in a Single-Element Coaxial Swirl Injector," 41st AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, Tucson, Arizona, 10-13 July 2005, with K. Miller, J. Sisco, and N. Nugent.
  • Recipient, C.T. Sun Research Award, Oct. 2005.
  • Best Paper Award, "Design and Ground Testing of a Hydrogen Peroxide/Kerosene Combustor for RBCC Application," 39th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, Huntsville, Alabama, 20-23 July 2003.