Kenneth Jansen
Professor • Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies
Aerospace Mechanics Research Center (AMReC)

Office Location: AERO 363

Focus Area

Bioastronautics, Fluid Dynamics

Education

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Division of Applied Mechanics, with minor in Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University, 1993 
MS, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1988
BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1987

Professional Experience

2010 - Present, Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
2020 - Present, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
2007 - 2009, Full Professor, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering with joint appointments in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2001 - 2007, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Nuclear Engineering with joint appointments in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
1996 - 2001, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
with joint appointments in Computer Science (2001) and 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)

Outstanding Graduate Teaching and Mentoring, Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences (2016)
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)

Research 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.