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Werner Dahm

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6106
Biography

Professor Werner J.A. Dahm is ASU Foundation Professor of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering and Founding Director and Chief Scientist, Security & Defense Systems Initiative at Arizona State University (ASU). 

He previously was the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force (AF/ST) , a member of Headquarters Air Force in the Pentagon serving as the direct science and technology advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force Chief of Staff.  As the Air Force’s Chief Scientist he led development of “ Technology Horizons ”, the Headquarters-level vision identifying key science and technology focus areas for the U.S. Air Force during 2010-2030.

He is the current Chair of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) ,  has served with the SAB since 2006 and has served on numerous task forces of the Defense Science Board (DSB) for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD AT&L), and is a past member of the Defense Science Study Group (DSSG) at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) in Washington, D.C.  He also serves on advisory boards for NASA and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in the Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD), a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a recipient of the William F. Ballhaus Aeronautics Prize from Caltech, the 1938E Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Michigan, and the George J. Huebner Research Excellence Award from The University of Michigan.  Dr. Dahm has also recieved the Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service and the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

He received his Ph.D. degree in Aeronautics from Caltech in 1985, and previously worked as a Research Engineer in the Propulsion Wind Tunnel Facility at the USAF Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) in Tullahoma, TN.  He also has an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) in Tullahoma, TN and a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. 

Dr. Dahm also is Emeritus Professor of Aerospace Engineering at The University of Michigan, where he was on the faculty for 25 years and led the Laboratory for Turbulence & Combustion.  He is an author of over 200 refereed technical articles, conference papers, and technical publications, a holder of six U.S. and international patents, and has given over 260 technical presentations, including more than 180 invited, plenary, and keynote lectures worldwide, on topics dealing with aerospace engineering and defense science.  Additionally, he has founded and served on the Board of two technology-oriented entrepreneurial companies, and has served extensively on technical advisory and organizational committees for numerous technical conferences, and as a consultant for industry.

Research Interests

Fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, turbulent flow, turbulence modeling, combustion science, propulsion, advanced propulsion systems, defense science and technology, science and technology assessments/planning.

Research Activity
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 493Honors Thesis
MAE 575Turbulence
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 598Special Topics
MAE 599Thesis
MAE 792Research
MAE 795Continuing Registration
MAE 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-AEEThe ASU Experience
AEE 463Aircraft Propulsion
MAE 492Honors Directed Study
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 598Special Topics
MAE 599Thesis
MAE 792Research
MAE 795Continuing Registration
MAE 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 575Turbulence
MAE 592Research
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 792Research
MAE 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-AEEThe ASU Experience
AEE 463Aircraft Propulsion
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 598Special Topics
MAE 792Research
MAE 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 575Turbulence
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 595Continuing Registration
MAE 792Research
MAE 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-AEEThe ASU Experience
AEE 463Aircraft Propulsion
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 598Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 595Continuing Registration
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 463Propulsion
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 598Special Topics
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 593Applied Project
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 463Propulsion