Todd Lowe

Associate Professor

  • Ph.D. 2006, Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • M.S. 2004, Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • B.S. 2001, Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Tech

Lowe's teaching portfolio includes undergraduate and graduate courses in propulsion and fluid dynamics. Core to his teaching philosophy for these courses is providing an atmosphere in which students may learn incrementally, often involving recurring technical themes, from out-of-class assignments that are informed by content delivery and examples available in the classroom and online. In each class taught, course technology such as slide screen recording, Web-based assessments, and WebEx lecture/recitation delivery, has enhanced the effectiveness and availability of the course content.

Courses Regularly Taught

  • AOE/ME 4234 - Aerospace propulsion systems
  • AOE/ME 5135 - Vehicle propulsion
  • AOE 5154 - Data analysis in fluid dynamics

Courses taught in the past

  • AOE 6114 - Transonic aerodynamics
  • AOE 4984 SS - Aero engine design modeling

Our lab, the Vortical Flow and Diagnostics Lab, directed by Prof. Todd Lowe specializes in experimental fluid mechanics and the development of associated techniques for applications in propulsion and energy systems.

  • Aerodynamics and Hydrodynamics

Google Scholar


  • Associate Director, Virginia Tech Advanced Propulsion and Power Laboratory
  • Associate Director, Virginia Tech – Pratt & Whitney Center of Excellence
  • Core Member of the Rolls-Royce/Virginia Tech University Technology Center for Advanced Diagnostics
  • Core Member of the Center for Renewable Energy and Aerodynamic Testing (CREATe)
  • Member of the Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Technical Committee, Chair of the Conference Subcommittee, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Professional Organizations

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • SAE International (SAE)

Reviewer for (examples):

  • AIAA Journal
  • Journal of Fluid Mechanics
  • Experiments in Fluids
  • Measurement Science and Technology
  • Applied Optics
  • Optics Express
  • Optics and Lasers in Engineering
  • Virginia Space Grant Consortium Young Investigator Award
  • Associate Fellow, AIAA
  • 2016 - Present, Associate Professor, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Virginia Tech.
  • 2010 - 2016, Assistant Professor, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Virginia Tech.
  • 2006 - 2010, Vice President for Research and Development, Applied University Research, Inc.

Todd Lowe

Todd Lowe
Todd Lowe
  • (540) 231-7650
  • Aerospace & Ocean Engineering (MC0119)
    McBryde Hall, RM 660C, Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA 24061