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Johnson, Derek R.

Associate Professor

Dr. Derek Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. He previously served as a Research Assistant Professor in the department, working in conjunction with the Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions. He has served as Principal Investigator or Co-PI on numerous projects funded by the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, the Environmental Defense Fund, and others. He continues to lead research on the use of natural gas as a fuel for engines ranging from 1 hp to over 1000 hp. He also conducts research aimed at improving the understanding of methane emissions from across the entire natural gas supply chain. Dr. Johnson is also a registered professional engineer in West Virginia.


Teaching Interests

Thermodynamics 
Applied Thermodynamics 
Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning 
Energy Literacy Courses 
Fluids 
Alternative Fuels 
Advanced Technology Vehicle Education

Research Interests

Gaseous fuels for internal combustion engines 
Direct and indirect methane measurement and quantification 
micro-CHP engines and systems 
Energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions