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Nix, Andrew C.

Associate Professor - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, April 2003
    • Dissertation: Effects of High Intensity, Large Length-Scale Freestream Combustor Exit Turbulence on Heat Transfer in Transonic Turbine Blades
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, December 1996
    • Thesis: Effects of Shock Wave Passing on Heat Transfer in a Transonic Turbine Cascade
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, MD, May 1995

Dr. Nix received his BSME degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Co. (UMBC) in 1995, where as an undergraduate he worked for four years in the environmental engineering and air quality monitoring fields. After receiving an MS in Mechanical Engineering in 1996 from Virginia Tech, specializing in gas turbine heat transfer and film cooling, he worked for three years in thermal cycle design for Bechtel Power and as a consultant for the nuclear power industry. In 2003, he received his Ph.D from Virginia Tech and served as adjunct faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, performing research in the area of turbine heat transfer and cooling. After his doctoral work, Dr. Nix worked for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at Patuxent River NAS as a turbine design engineer where he provided turbine hot section engineering support for the Navy fleet of aircraft engines and served as technical contract monitor for Navy sponsored turbine research programs. Dr. Nix joined the faculty at West Virginia University in the Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions in Fall of 2006 as a research assistant professor developing research programs in gas turbine hot section durability, heat transfer and cooling, and turbine materials and sensors development and testing. In 2012, he accepted a position as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018. He is continuing research in heat transfer and advanced combustion in gas turbines for propulsion and power, as well as research in natural gas and dual fuel engines, emissions measurements from transit buses and hybrid-electric vehicle systems.

Research Interests

  • Gas Turbines
  • Natural Gas and Dual Fuel Engines
  • Energy Technologies
  • Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer and Cooling
  • Hybrid-Electric Vehicles
  • Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions Research
  • Wind Energy and Efficiency

Teaching Interests

  • Thermal-fluid sciences
  • Conductive and convective heat transfer
  • Gas turbine engines and propulsion
  • Hybrid electric vehicles
  • EcoCAR Lead Facility Advisor

Professional Societies

  • Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Exec Committee, ASME IGTI Aircraft Engine Committee, 2009-2018 (Point Contact, Vice Chair, Chair and Director)
  • ASME - International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) Heat Transfer committee member
  • ASME - International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) Aircraft Engine committee member
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) - Gas Turbine Engine Technical Committee member
  • Member American Society for Engineering Educations (ASEE)
  • Faculty Research Program Participant - Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) at DOE NETL