• Research

    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

  • Publications

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  • Professional History

    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
  • Awards and Honors

    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

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Changmin Son

Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor