Joseph E. Shepherd

Joseph E. Shepherd

C. L. "Kelly" Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering; Allen V. C. Davis and Lenabelle Davis Leadership Chair, Student Affairs; Vice President for Student Affairs

Degrees and Appointments

B.S., University of South Florida, 1976; Ph.D., Caltech, 1981. Associate Professor, 1993-99; Professor of Aeronautics, 1999-2005; Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering, 2006-08; Johnson Professor, 2008-; Davis Leadership Chair, 2018-; Dean of Graduate Studies, 2009-15; Vice President for Student Affairs, 2015-.


Research Group Matters
Barbara McKinzie Slater
340 Guggenheim Lab

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Research Overview

Joe Shepherd teaches and conducts research on fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, chemistry, thermodynamics, and structural mechanics with applications to explosion dynamics, industrial safety including aviation and nuclear power, high-speed flight and propulsion,  fluid-structure interaction, energy conversion technologies, and medical devices.

List of Research Areas

combustion, explosion, detonation, shock waves, hypersonics, structural mechanics, fluid-structure interaction, nuclear power, aviation safety

EAS News about Joseph E. Shepherd

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