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James Mayhew

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. James Mayhew specializes in heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, aerospace engineering, uncertainty analysis and instrumentation. He spent more than a decade working for the U.S. Air Force in research, development and logistics on aircraft, engines and missiles. Dr. Mayhew is a recipient of the Dean͛s Outstanding Teacher Award, and spent his most recent sabbatical in India, serving as an educational consultant to universities seeking an exchange of best practices with American teachers. He showcases his skills as a musician on Rose-Hulman͛s Strings Orchestra, and regularly joins students in performing in the institute͛s annual Engineers in Concert.

Teaching Interests

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft design, performance and propulsion
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Heat transfer
  • Measurement systems
  • Thermodynamics

Research Experiences

  • Heat transfer in gas turbine engines
  • Mechanical engineering laboratory experiences
  • Study abroad opportunities

Publications & Presentations

  • Mayhew, J., “What is Rose-Hulman, Who is Mayhew, and Why Did He Come Here?,” (Invited Presentation) Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, 2014
  • Mayhew, J.E., Sowders, D.A. and Fuller, B.B., “The Effect of Upstream Thermal Boundary Condition on Convective Heat Transfer Coefficient on a Film-Cooled Flat Plate,” Proceedings of the ASME 2013 Summer Heat Transfer Conference, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, HT2013-17019, 2013
  • Layton, R.A., Mech, A.R. and Mayhew, J.E., "Ideas Into Action:  Using Learning Objectives to Revitalize a Mechanical Engineering Laboratory Sequence," Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, IMECE 2004-60570, 2004

Awards & Honors

  • Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2011

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of California, Davis, 1999
  • MS, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1989
  • BS, Syracuse University, 1985