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Changmin Son

Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor
  • Thrust Area Specialty: Energy Engineering and Science
Changmin Son
469 Goodwin Hall (0238)
635 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research Interests

  • Gas turbine heat transfer and aerodynamics – Turbine Internal Cooling, Secondary Flow, Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Radial and axial turbomachinery aerodynamics
  • Radical design optimization approach – Multi-physics design optimization
  • Power system modeling
  • System diagnostics and prognostics
  • System innovation

See Dr. Son's publications and research on Research Gate.

  • 2019–Present, Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2011–2018, Associate Professor/Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, Pusan National University, South Korea
  • 2002–2011, Specialist/VP & Acting Regional Director/Team Leader-Aerospace, Rolls-Royce PLC, Derby, United Kingdom
  • 2001–2002, Research Assistant, Dept. of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 1991-1997, Senior Researcher, Aero-Propulsion Department, Korea Aerospace Research Institute
  • 2016 – Kenneth Harris James Prize, Best Paper Award in Aerospace Division, Institute of Mechanical Engineers, United Kingdom
  • 2009 – Sir Henry Royce Awards for Technical Innovation (Rolls-Royce), High-Value Patent Award
  • 2005 – The Turbine Systems MD Quality Awards, Rolls-Royce, Trent 1000 HPT Rotor Design Optimisation – Hindsight, Foresight ‘iSight’ Team, Engineering
  • 1998-2000 – British Chevening and Korean Government Joint Scholarship
  • 1998-2000 – Overseas Graduate Scholarship, St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford
  • 1997 – Best Researcher Prize, Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Taejon, Korea
  • D. Phil. - Engineering Science, Oxford University, UK, 2005
  • M.S. - Mechanical Engineering, Pusan National University, 1991
  • B.S. - Mechanical Engineering, Pusan National University, 1989