The journey is certainly worth taking, for, as Hawking says, the reward of understanding the universe may be a glimpse of ‘the mind of God.’

–Therese Littleton


Tim Barber is a currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering (Spring 2014) at the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) in Tullahoma, TN.  His Ph.D. research consists of new analytical fluid dynamic solutions which model vortex and swirling flows, including applications to propulsion and other devices. Barber's dissertation is tentatively entitled "Multiple Solutions of the Bragg-Hawthorne Equation for Modeling Conical Cyclones."   Tim received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a thermo-fluid concentration from Tennessee Technological University in May of 2006.  In May 2012, he received an M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering at UTSI, working on a project involving hypersonics under the supervision of Dr. Majdalani.  In April 2012, Tim won first place at the 63rd Region II AIAA Student Conference in Cape Canaveral, FL in the Master Division competition for the technical paper and presentation of "Bidirectional Helical Motion in Tapered Rocket Engines.

Tim's research interests include Acoustics, Aeroacoustics, Aerodynamics, Aerospace Engineering, Aerospace History, Asymptotics, Axisymmetric Flows, Bessel Equations and Functions, Bidirectional Vortex (BDV), Boundary Layers, Combined  Cycle Propulsion, Combustion, Combustion Instability, Compressible Fluid Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Euler Equations, Fluid Dynamics, Fluid Flow Modeling of Rocket Motors and Engines, Gegenbauer Functions and Equations, High Speed Aerodynamics, High Speed Propulsion, Hypersonics, Incompressible Flows, Inviscid Flows, Low Speed Aerodynamics, Multiphase Flows, Numerical Methods, Ordinary Di erential Equations, Partial Di erential Equations, Perturbation Methods, Polar Cylindrical Coordinates, Polar Spherical Coordinates, Propulsion, Propulsion Technology, Pulse Detonation Engines, Ramjets, Rocket Propulsion, Rocket/Missile Aerodynamics, Rocket/Missile Propulsion, Scramjets, Swirling Flows, Turbojets, Turbomachinery, Turbomachinery Aerodynamics, Turbulence, Turbulence Modeling, Viscous Flows, Vortex Dynamics, Vorticity, Waverider