Ken Jansen

Professor
Aerospace

Aerospace Engineering Sciences
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0431

Focus Area

Vehicle Systems, Bioastronautics

Education

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Division of Applied Mechanics, with minor in Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University, 1993 
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1988
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1987 

Professional Experience

  • 2010-present, ProfessorAerospace Engineering, University of Colorado
  • 2007-2009, Full Professor, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, with joint appointments in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science and in Information Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • 2001-2009, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Nuclear Engineering, with joint appointments in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science and in Information Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • 1996-2001, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering with joint appointments in Computer Science (2001) and in Information Technology (1998), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • 1993-1996, Post-doctoral Fellowship, Center for Turbulence Research, NASA Ames/Stanford University. Large-eddy simulation utilizing unstructured-grid finite element methods.

Awards (selected)

  • Associate Fellow AIAA (2011)
  • Boeing Supplier of the Year in the technology category (2011)
  • Rensselaer School of Engineering Faculty Research Award 2009
  • Young Investigator Award from the International Association for Computational Mechanics (2004)
  • The Lewis T. Assini Undergraduate Teaching and Counseling Award from the Department of
  • Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2004)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2000)
  • R.H. Gallagher Young Investigator Award from the United States Association of Computational Mechanics (2001)

Interests

Computational mechanics with emphasis on fluid dynamics and turbulence modeling.  Specialization in massively parallel simulations using unstructured/adaptive grids. Applications include aerodynamics (with an emphasis on flow control and turbulence), biological flows (cardiovascular and respiratory), and two-phase flows.