Dr. Kenneth Van Treuren

Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development, Professor
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Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development and Professor, Mechanical Engineering


  • PhD, Engineering Science, University of Oxford (1994)
  • MS, Aeronautical Engineering, Princeton University (1978)
  • BS, Aeronautical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy (1977)


  • ME 3321 - Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 4345 - Heat Transfer
  • ME 4346 - Introduction to Aeronautics
  • ME 4347 - Analysis and Design of Propulsion Systems

Research Interests

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Gas Turbine Heat Transfer
  • Propulsion Systems
  • Wind Turbines
  • Aeronautics


  • AFRL Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, USAF Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, Summers of 2013, 2017, 2015
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, United States Air Force Academy, 2012-2013
  • Associate Professor, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, 1994-1998, 1986-1990

Undergraduate/Graduate Research Opportunities

  • Analysis, design, and testing of small wind turbines for the urban environment to include performance and aeroacoustics
  • Low pressure turbine flow separation using a cascade wind tunnel
  • Low pressure turbine heat transfer using a suction surface and a cascade wind tunnel
  • Analysis, design, and testing of UAS propellers to include performance and aeroacoustics
  • HVAC heat exchangers
  • Impingement heat transfer in gas turbines
  • Validation and testing of alternative fuels using an engine dynamometer

Selected Publications

  • Hays, A. W., and Van Treuren, K. W., 2017, “A Study of Power Production and Noise Generation of a Small Wind Turbine for an Urban Environment,” GT 2017-64385, Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo 2017: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition, Charlotte, NC, June 26-30, 2017.
  • Van Treuren, K. W., and Hays, A. W., 2017, “Understanding, Designing, and Initial Testing of Small-Scale Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines for the Urban Environment,” Proceedings of the 1st Global Power and Propulsion Forum, Jan 16-18, 2017. 
  • Van Treuren, K. W., and Hays, A. W., 2016, “A Study of Noise Generation on the E387, S823, NACA 0012, and NACA 4412 Airfoils for Use on Small-Scale Wind Turbines,” 2nd International Conference on Next Generation Wind Energy, Lund, Sweden, August 24-26, 2016. 
  • Van Treuren, K. W., 2016, “Current Status and Future Challenges for Small Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines,” GT2016-57701, ASME IGTI Turbo Expo 2016, Seoul, Korea, June 13-17, 2016. 
  •  Van Treuren, K. W., 2015, “Small-Scale Wind Turbine Testing in Wind Tunnels Under Low Reynolds Number Conditions,” ASME Journal of Energy                Resources Technology, 137(5), (11 pages). 

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