Eric Paterson

AOE Department Head, Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor of Marine Propulsion, Faculty Affiliate, Hume Center for National Security and Technology

  • Ph.D., 1994, Mechanical Engineering, IIHR - Hydroscience and Engineering, The University of Iowa
  • M.S., 1990, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Iowa
  • B.S., 1987, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Iowa

Research Expertise

Aerodynamics, Hydrodynamics, and Ocean Engineering

Professional History

  • 2012-present, Professor and Department Head, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 2010-2012, Senior Scientist, Applied Research Laboratory; 2010-2012, Professor, Mechanical Engineering; 2007-2012, Chief Scientist, Computational Mechanics Division; 2004-2010, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering; 2001-2010, Senior Research Associate, Applied Research Laboratory; The Pennsylvania State University
  • 1999-2001, Associate Research Engineer; 1996-1999, Assistant Research Engineer; 1994- 1996, Postdoctoral Associate;1989-1994, Hunter Rouse Fellow of Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics; IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering, The University of Iowa.
  • 1987-1989, Senior Engineer, Harris Corporation, Government Aerospace Systems Division
  • 1985-1987, Co-op Engineer; Clifton Precision Instrument and Life Support Division, Litton Industries

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • American Physical Society
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineering
  • Society of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Awards and Honors

  • AIAA Associate Fellow
  • Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor of Marine Propulsion
  • 2011-2014, Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Exeter, UK
  • ARL Publication Award for Best Paper of 2011, “Fluid–structure interaction analysis of flexible turbomachinery.” Journal of Fluids and Structures, 2011.
  • 2010, Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, “Tidal energy device simulation and image-based meshing”
  • 2009, FDA Group Recognition Award, as a member of The Critical Path CFD Team, “for insightful, innovative research to examine the reliability of advanced CFD techniques for assessing cardiovascular device safety”