I'm a Professor at Purdue University in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, which is in the College of Engineering.  I’ve been here since January, 1991 and have found that Aero-Astro at Purdue is a great place to work or study.  I have been able to be involved recently in numerous exciting projects:

·         Selected by NASA in July, 2012 to create an undergraduate experiment for the International Space Station with friends at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. 

·         Teaching AAE 418, Zero-Gravity Flight Experiment.  We just flew another aircraft flight experiment in June 2012.  Information for alums and friends who wish to help support the team’s travels.

·         Selection for the Science Applications Researchers Group of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation,

·         Selection by Blue Origin for launching of an automated experiment,

·         Cooperation with Armadillo Aerospace, Masten Space Systems, and Xcor for launch of a student-built experiment,

·         Helping to organize several Next-Gen Suborbital Researchers Conferences in Boulder, CO, Orlando, Fl, and Palo Alto, CA. 

·         Helped to design and run a capillary fluids experiment on the International Space Station led by Prof. Mark Weislogel of Portland State University

·         I enjoy my work in zero-gravity fluid physics: Me in action.

·         And, fluid statics computations work with Ken Brakke’s great Surface Evolver code:

o   with Lockheed Martin commercial satellite folks

o   with Lev Slobozhanin and Iwan Alexander from CWRU

o   Creation of a two-day short course, Basic Fluids Modeling with Surface Evolver, available on-site at your company, university, or institute, with 120 original pages of notes.  Contact me for details. 

·         Teaching a summer, 2007 Purdue study-abroad course in Germany focusing on low-gravity experiment design.


Teaching occurs in various forms.  I’ve been teaching AAE418, AAE514, and AAE333 this past year.  I’ve edited an aerodynamics textbook to update it and bring it to the North American market.  I’ve begun collecting random thoughts on using mathematical tools effectively in a new item intended to be of use for seniors and graduate students in engineering or science students, Never Trust an Arctangent.  Enjoy.

Graduate Students

My graduate student list is up to date for August, 2012.

It goes out of date rapidly; they just seem to get so much accomplished so quickly:



Former Students, reverse chronological order:

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