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Dr. Aaron Byerley

Professor

Department of Aeronautics

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Bio

Dr Byerley is a professor and director of the propulsion discipline in the Department of Aeronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the USAF Test Pilot School. Dr Byerley teaches and conducts research related to the aerodynamics and thermodynamics of jet engines and jet engine design. Dr Byerley grew up in Clemson, South Carolina.

Education

DPhil, Engineering Science, Univ. of Oxford, England (1989)

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, California (1983)

M.S., Engineering Management, Stanford University, California (1983)

B.S., Engineering Management (Distinguished Graduate), U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (1978)

Professional Experience

U.S. Air Force Academy, Department of Aeronautics, Propulsion Discipline Director (Jun 2013-Present)

U.S. Air Force Academy, Department of Aeronautics, Associate Dean (Jan 2009-Jun 2013)

U.S. Air Force Academy, Department of Aeronautics, Department Head – (Jan 2006–Dec 2008)

U.S. Air Force Academy, Department of Aeronautics, Deputy Department Head (Fall 2005)

U.S. Air Force Academy, Department of Aeronautics, “Teaching Professor” (2004-2005)

U.S. Air Force Academy, Department of Aeronautics, Dept Research Director (1998-2004)

Mercer University School of Engineering, Assoc Dean and Assoc Professor (1992-1998)

Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado (Registration No. 24001)

Honors & Awards

U.S. Air Force Academy “William H. Heiser Outstanding Senior Faculty Educator Award” – voted by graduating seniors for “inspiring and challenging them to work harder and dig deeper”, 5 May 17 (finalist in 2003, 2014, 2015, 2016)

“U.S. Air Force Academy Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, & Technology”, January 2016; also won the national award presented at the 27th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Jacksonville, FL, 7 Apr 2016.

USAF Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Jun 2013

“Best Education Paper Award” presented by the International Gas Turbine Institute, 2013

“Best Education Paper Award” presented by the International Gas Turbine Institute, 2012

USAF Test Pilot School “Robert L. Wenning Academic Instructor Award”, TPS Class 08B, July 2009.

USAF Exemplary Civilian Service Award, Jan 2009

Colorado Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2002

Associate Fellow of the AIAA, Jan 2002

Brigadier General Daniel Daley Award (for service to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Department of Aeronautics), Fall Semester 2000

Mercer University Tau Beta Pi Chapter “Teacher of the Year”, 1997-1998

Awarded tenure, Mercer University School of Engineering on April 24, 1995

AIAA / Rocky Mountain Section “Engineer of the Year”, 1992

Squadron Officer School Distinguished Grad and “Section Outstanding Contributor”, 1984

Research and Scholarly Interests

Gas turbine engine design

turbine cascade aerodynamics

teaching and learning

Publications

Technical Publications Related to the Scholarship of Discovery (Research)

O’Dowd, Devin O. and Byerley, Aaron R.,, “COMPUTATIONAL AID TO AEDSYS FOR DESIGNING A VARIABLE-AREA GAS TURBINE NOZZLE”, ASME GT2018-77173, June 2018, Lillestrom, Norway

Byerley, Aaron R., Rouser, Kurt P., and O’Dowd, Devin O., “Exploring GasTurb 12 for Supplementary Use on an Introductory Propulsion Design Project”, ASME GT2017-6346, June 2017, Charlotte, NC.

Wisniewski, Charles F., Byerley, Aaron R., Heiser, William H., Van Treuren, Kenneth W., and Liller, Trae., “Experimental Evaluation of Open Propeller Aerodynamic Performance and Aero-acoustic Behavior”, AIAA Propulsion and Power, July 2015

Wisniewski, Charles F., Byerley, Aaron R., Heiser, William H., Van Treuren, Kenneth W., and Liller, Trae., “Designing Small Propellers for Optimum Efficiency and Low Noise Footprint”, AIAA Propulsion and Power, July 2015

Wisniewski, Charles F., Byerley, Aaron R. , Heiser, William H., Van Treuren, Kenneth W., and Liller, Trae., “The Influence of Airfoil Shape, Tip Geometry, Reynolds Number and Chord Length on Small Propeller Performance and Noise”, AIAA Propulsion and Power, July 2015

Byerley, Aaron R., Rolling, August J. “Exploring the Impact of Elevated Turbine Blade Cooling Effectiveness and Turbine Material Temperatures on Gas Turbine Engine Performance and Cost”, ASME GT2015-44061, June 2015

Byerley, Aaron R., Rolling, August J., and Van Treuren, Kenneth W. “Estimating Gas Turbine Engine Weight, Costs, and Development Time During the Preliminary Aircraft Engine Design Process”, ASME GT2013-95778, June 2013 (Recipient of the 2013 “Best Education Paper Award” presented by the International Gas Turbine Institute)

Rolling, August J. , Byerley, Aaron R., and Wisniewski, Charles F. “Integrating Systems Engineering Into the USAF Academy Capstone Gas Turbine Engine Course”, ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, February 2012, Vol. 134 / 021601-1 (Recipient of the 2012 “Best Education Paper Award” presented by the International Gas Turbine Institute)

J.S. Smith, Baughn, J.W. and Byerley, A.R. “Surface flow visualization using thermal tufts produced by an encapsulated phase change material”, International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, Volume 26, December 2004, pages 411-415
10. Ochoa, A.D., Baughn, J.W., and Byerley, A.R. “A New Technique for Dynamic Heat Transfer Measurements and Flow Visualization Using Liquid Crystal Thermography”, International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, Volume 26, Issue 2 , April 2005, Pages 264-275

Byerley, A.R., Boyer, K.M., and Halliwell, I., “Using “Design Envelopes” to Aid in the Preliminary Design of Rotating Turbomachinery”, ASME Paper GT-2004-53952, June 2004, Vienna, Austria

Khalitov, A.A., Byerley, A.R., Ochoa, D., and Min, S.K. “Flow Characteristics Within and Downstream of Spherical and Cylindrical Dimple Configurations On a Flat Plate Under Laminar Flow Conditions”, ASME Paper GT-2004-53656, June 2004, Vienna, Austria

Van Dyken, R.D., Perez-Blanco, H., Byerley, A.R., Mclaughlin, T.E., “Plasma Actuator for Wake Flow Control of High Camber Blades during Part Load Operation”, ASME Paper GT-2004-53227, June 2004, Vienna, Austria

Mayhew, J.E., Baughn, J.W., and Byerley, A.R., “The Effect of Freestream Turbulence on Film Cooling Heat Transfer Coefficient and Adiabatic Effectiveness Using Compound Angle Holes”, ASME Paper GT-2004-53230, June 2004, Vienna, Austria

Robarge, T.W., Stark, A. M., Min, S.K., Khalatov, A.A. and Byerley, A.R., “Design Considerations for Using Indented Surface Treatments to Control Boundary Layer Separation”, 42nd Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, AIAA Paper 2003-0425, Reno, NV, January 2004

Mayhew, J.E., Baughn, J.W., and Byerley, A.R., “The Effect of Freestream Turbulence on Film Cooling Adiabatic Effectiveness”, International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, Volume 25, Issue 5, 2003

Byerley, A., O. Stormer, J. Baughn, and T. Simon., “Using Gurney Flaps to Control Laminar Separation on Linear Cascade Blades.” ASME Journal of Turbomachinery, Volume 125, January 2003

List, J., Byerley, A.R., McLaughlin, T.E., Van Dyken, R.D. “Using a Plasma Actuator to Control Laminar Separation on a Linear Cascade Turbine Blade”, AIAA Paper 2003-1026, January 2003

Byerley, A., O. Stormer, J. Baughn, and T. Simon. “A “Cool” Thermal Tuft for Detecting Surface Flow Direction.” ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, Volume 124, Number 4, August 2002

Van Treuren, K., Simon, T., Von Koller, M., Byerley, A.R., and Baughn, J.W., “Measurements in a Turbine Cascade Flow Under Ultra Low Reynolds Number Conditions.” ASME Journal of Turbomachinery , Volume 124, Issue 1, January 2002

Butler, R.J., Byerley, A.R., Van Treuren, K., and Baughn, J.W. “The Effect of Turbulence Intensity and Length Scale on Low-Pressure Turbine Blade Aerodynamics”, International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, Vol. 22, February 2001, pp. 123-133

Baughn, J.W., Mayhew, J.E., Butler, R.J. and Byerley, A.R., “Turbine Blade Flow Separation and Reattachment at Low Reynolds Number”, ASME Journal of Heat Transfer Picture Gallery, Volume 121, August 1, 1999
23. Simon, Terrence W., Van Treuren, K.W, and Byerley, A.R., “Flowfield and Turbulence Measurements in the Cascade Wind Tunnel”, Department of Aeronautics Technical Report 99-08, August, 1999

Welsh, S.T., Barlow, D. N., Butler, R.J., Van Treuren, K.W., Byerley, A.R., Baughn, J.W., and River, R.B., “Effect of Passive and Active Air-Jet Turbulence on Turbine Blade Heat Transfer”, ASME Paper 97-GT-131, 1997

Shen, J.R., Wang, Z., Ireland, P.T.., Jones, T.V., and Byerley, A.R. , “Heat Transfer Enhancement Within a Turbine Blade Cooling Passage Using Ribs and Combinations of Ribs With Film Cooling Holes” , ASME Journal of Turbomachinery , Vol. 118, No. 3, July 1996

Gillespie, David R.H., Byerley, Aaron R., Ireland, Peter T., Wang, Zuolan, and Jones, T.V., “Detailed Measurements of Local Heat Transfer Coefficient in the Entrance to Normal and Inclined Film Cooling Holes”, ASME Journal of Turbomachinery, Vol. 118, No.2, pp. 285-291, April 1996

Baughn, James W., Butler, R.J., Byerley, Aaron R., and Rivir, R.B., “An Experimental Investigation of Heat Transfer, Transition, and Separation on Turbine Blades at Low Reynolds Number and High Turbulence Intensity”, ASME Paper No. 95-WA/HT-25, 1995

Byerley, Aaron R. and Christian, Jeffrey E., “The Long Term Thermal Performance of Radiation Control Coatings”, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy Conference Proceedings, Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA, 1994

Byerley, Aaron R., Jones, T.V., and Ireland, P.T., “Internal Cooling Passage Heat Transfer Near the Entrance to a Film Cooling Hole: Experimental and Computational Results”, ASME Paper No. 92-GT-241, 1992

Byerley, Aaron R. and Dolbier, T., “Diagnosing and Eliminating a 120 dBa Resonance in a Closed Circuit Subsonic Wind Tunnel”, Aero Digest, USAF Academy, presented at the Subsonic Wind Tunnel Association Conference, Notre Dame University, June 1991

Byerley, Aaron R., “Heat Transfer Near the Entrance to a Film Cooling Hole In a Gas Turbine Blade”, Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, 1989

Byerley, Aaron R., Ireland, P.T., Jones., T.V., and Ashton, S.A., “Detailed Heat Transfer Measurements Near and Within the Entrance of a Film Cooling Hole”, ASME Paper No. 88 GT 155, 1988

Byerley, Aaron R., Ireland, P.T., Jones, T.V,, and Graham, C.G., “Detailed Measurements Near the Entrance to an Inclined Film Cooling Hole Inside a Gas Turbine Blade”, IMechE Paper No. C164/88, 1988

Publications Related to the Scholarship of Teaching

Byerley, Aaron R., Cooper, Cory A., and O’Dowd, Devin O., “Teaching Risk Analysis for Use in an Aircraft Gas Turbine Engine Capstone Design Course”, AIAA 2016-4528, 52nd AIAA/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum, Salt Lake City, July 2016.

Cummings, R.M. and Byerley, A.R. “A Multifaceted Approach to the AIAA Foundation Undergraduate Team Aircraft Design Competition”, AIAA Paper 2003-0947, January 2003

Haven, B., A. Byerley, and D. Barlow. “An Undergraduate Gas Turbine Engine Program Enhanced by Design and Research Threads.” ASME Paper GT-2002-30588, June 2002

Byerley, A., T. Scully, and J. Bertin. “An Undergraduate-Centered Research Program in Aeronautical Engineering.” 40th Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, AIAA 2002 -1047, January 2002

Byerley, A.R., Newton, H.N. and Tuite, J.R. “Introducing Thermal System Optimization in an Introductory Engineering Thermodynamics Course”, Proceedings of IMECE 2001: International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, ASME Paper AES 23646, November 11-16, 2001, New York, NY

Byerley, A.R., “Using Multimedia and ‘Active Learning’ Techniques to ‘Energize’ An Introductory Engineering Thermodynamics Class” IEEE Paper 0-7803-6669-7/01, Proceedings of the 31st ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, October 10 – 13, 2001 Reno, NV

Byerley, Aaron R., “Research Activity in Support of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the Aeronautics Research Center”, USAFA Discovery Newsletter, Vol 2000-03 (Jul-Sep 00)

Byerley, Aaron R. and Obrien, Edward M., “Techniques for Advising Undergraduate Students on Senior Engineering Design Projects”, Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference on Engineering Education and Practice, Washington, D.C., June 23-26, 1996

Byerley, Aaron R., “Terrestrial Energy”, Aerospace America, AIAA, December 1991. p 70

Byerley, Aaron R., “Ideas on How to Be Good in the Classroom for Faculty New Guys”, USAFA-Tech Report -87-5, 1987

Byerley, Aaron R. and Winn, Robert C., “Computer Aided Instruction in Thermodynamics at the USAF Academy”, Engineering Education, February, 1986

Selected Presentations

Byerley, Aaron R., O’Dowd, Devin O., and Tellefsen, Jonathan R., “Implementing Team-Based Learning (TBL) in USAFA Aeronautics Courses”, Poster Presentation, USAFA Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Forum, 3 November 2016.

Byerley, Aaron, O’Dowd, Devin, and Gresham, James “SoTL Workshop on Team-Based Learning”, USAF Academy, CO, 7 Apr 15

Byerley, Aaron R., “Using Institutional-level Outcomes as Educational Targets”, Leadership Pikes Peak, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, CO, 18 Oct 12

Dr. Rolf Enger (DFE), Colonel Rex Kiziah (DFP) and Dr. Aaron Byerley (DFA) presented “Turning Scattered Efforts into High-Impact Programs: Undergraduate Research and Capstones” at the Association of American Colleges and Universities conference on Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices in Philadelphia, PA, on 27 Mar 12

Byerley, Aaron R. “USAFA’s Academic Support of the “Respect for Human Dignity” Outcome, DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) Staff Assistance Visit, USAF Academy, CO, 4-6 Apr 11

Byerley, Aaron R., “MLK Jr.: Creating Positive Echoes, Damping Out Negative Ones”, MLK Day Luncheon, USAF Academy, CO, 23 Jan 09

Byerley, Aaron R., “Character, Leadership, and Practical Advice in the Classroom”, presentation to USAFA Faculty New Guys at the Center for Leadership Development Symposium, USAF Academy, CO, Jul 09

Byerley, Aaron R., “Using Oral Exams to Promote a Learning Centered Environment”, ASEE Brownbag – Teaching for Techies, USAFA CO, 9 Feb 06

Byerley, Aaron R., “Adopting an ABET Paradigm for USAFA’s Core Curriculum”, DF Curriculum Brainstorming Committee, USAF Academy, CO Feb 06

Halliwell, I., Manning, M., and Byerley, A.R. (co-presenters) “The Preliminary Design of Aircraft Engines” Pre-conference Workshop at the International Gas Turbine Institute Conference and Exposition, 15 Jun 2003, Atlanta, GA

Byerley, Aaron R. “Who Wants to Be a Thermo God?” – Using a Game Show Format to Assess Understanding in Core Thermodynamics.” DFER Classroom Assessment Toolbox, USAF Academy, CO, March 2001

Byerley, Aaron R., Butler, R.J., Van Treuren, K.W., and Baughn, James W., “The Effect of Turbulence Length Scale on LPT Blade Heat Transfer”, Minnowbrook III Workshop on Boundary Layer Transition and Separation in Turbomachinery”, Blue Mountain Lake, NY, 22 August 2000

Byerley, Aaron R., Newton, Harry N., and Tuite, J, “Introducing Gas Turbine Cycle Optimization with Spreadsheets and Math Applications Packages”, ASEE Rocky Mountain Regional Conference, Golden, CO, 24 March 2000

Byerley, Aaron R., “Self-Assessment in the Department of Aeronautical Engineering at the USAF Academy”, Mercer University School of Engineering Faculty Forum, Macon, GA, 12 November 1998

Byerley, Aaron R. “Conceptual Design of Mercer University School of Engineering Assessment Mechanism for ABET 2000” , Mercer University School of Engineering Faculty Forum, Macon, GA, November 1997

Byerley, Aaron R. “How Jet Engines Produce Thrust”, ASME Middle Georgia Section Meeting, Macon, GA, September 1997

Byerley, Aaron R. “A Spreadsheet Approach to Decision Making in Senior Engineering Design”, ASEE National Conference, Milwaukee, WI, June 1997

Byerley, Aaron R. “Cultural Differences in the Teaching Environment at a ‘New American College’” in session on “Faculty Development for Undergraduate Education: Orienting Recent Ph.D.’s to Campus Culture”, 83rd Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Atlanta, GA, Jan 17, 1997

Byerley, Aaron R. and O’Brien, E.A., “Using LabView to Make Engineering Measurements Come Alive”, Mercer University School of Engineering Faculty Forum, Macon, GA, Jan 1997