Dr. Joseph Katz
College of Engineering
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Professor Katz has a wide variety of research interests in the following areas: internal combustion engines: cooling, carburation; powerplant optimization; passenger car safety; two phase flow cooling; heat transfer and heat exchangers; wind tunnel measurements, including laser doppler anemometry in two phase flows; non-conventional naval propulsion e.g.: undulating propellers, swimming fins; non-steady aero and hydrodynamics; potential flow and general fluid dynamics; general aviation piston engine cooling and drag reduction; post-stall-spin aerodynamics; automotive aerodynamics and dynamics; lifting body airplane; transonic wings; and stall resistant configurations.
Professor Katz teaches in both the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Departments in the following fields: thermodynamics, jet and rocket propulsion, viscous flow and heat transfer, aero and fluid dynamics (including numerical methods), aircraft stability and control, dynamics, mechanical vibrations, numerical analysis, and automotive dynamics.
Awards & Honors
- 1988 SDSU Outstanding Faculty Award
- 1988 SDSU Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award
- SDSU Outstanding Faculty Award.
- 1996 SDSU Alumni Association Board’s Outstanding Faculty Award.
- 1997 NASA Space Act Award, for creative development (of the code PMARC).
- 1998 SDSU Outstanding Faculty Award.
- 2002 SDSU Outstanding Faculty Award
- 2003 SDSU Outstanding Faculty Award
- 2003 NASA Creative Development: Software Release Award
- 2004 SDSU Outstanding Faculty Award
- 2007 AIAA San Diego Outstanding Contribution to Aerospace Education
- 2015 SDSU, College of Engineering, AE Favorite Professor
- Ph.D., DSc, Technion University, Israel
- Internal combustion engines: cooling, carburetion, power plant optimization.
- Passenger car safety.
- Two phase flow cooling. Heat transfer and heat exchangers.
- Wind tunnel measurements, including laser Doppler anemometry in two phase flows.
- Non conventional naval propulsion e.g.: undulating propellers, swimming fins.
- Non steady aero and hydrodynamics, potential flow and general fluid dynamics.
- UAV/General aviation piston engine cooling and drag reduction post-stall-spin aerodynamics.
- Automotive and race car aerodynamics, and dynamics.
- Lifting body airplanes, transonic wings, and stall resistant configurations.
- Unmanned airplane design (mostly configuration development)
- Katz J., and Plotkin A., "Low-Speed Aerodynamics: From Wing Theory to Panel Methods," McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, NY, 1991.
- Katz J., "Race-Car Aerodynamics," Robert Bentley Inc., Cambridge, MA, 1995.
- Katz J., and Plotkin A., "Low-Speed Aerodynamics - Second Edition," Cambridge University Press, NY, 2001.
- Katz J., "Race-Car Aerodynamics," - Second Edition, Robert Bentley Inc., Cambridge, MA, 2006.
- Katz J., “Shooting in the Ivory Tower,” Dorrance Publishing, Pittsburg, PA, 2007.
- Katz J., “Introduction to Fluid Mechanics,” Cambridge University Press, 2011.
- Katz, J. “Automotive Aerodynamics,” Wiley and Sons, April 2016.
- Katz, J. and Yingchao Z. “Aerodynamics of High-Performance Vehicles,” To be published in Chinese, 2016.