Department of

Aerospace Engineering

Dennis K McLaughlin

Dennis K. McLaughlin, Ph.D.

Professor of Aerospace Engineering

230 Hammond Building

Penn State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2560 / Fax: 814-865-7092




Dr. McLaughlin is Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, a position he has held since 1986.  From 1986 to June, 2004 he served as Head of the Department.   Following his studies at MIT, he was a Professor at Oklahoma State University for 11 years and he spent 5 years as Group Manager at Dynamics Technology Inc., in Torrance, CA. He teaches and conducts research in the general areas of experimental aerodynamics and aeroacoustics focusing on measurements that connect flow instabilities and turbulence to the radiated noise. High-speed jet noise experiments in the high subsonic and supersonic flow regimes have provided major data bases for the validation of developing jet noise simulation codes. More recent contributions have been exploring the nonlinear propagation aspects of high speed jet noise.  He has recently been developing ducted lift-fans for versions of VTOL vehicles while performing hover and wind tunnel experiments. He has widely published the results of his research and continuously presented the results at national meetings and invited lectures. Professor McLaughlin is a Fellow of the AIAA and has served on several advisory panels including the FAA REDAC Committee. He is a past chair of the Aerospace Department Chairs Association, the AIAA Aeroacoustics Technical Committee, and the AIAA Academic Affairs Committee.  


Ph.D., in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970
E.A.A.; S.M., in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT, 1966
B.Sc., in Mechanical Engineering (with gold medal), University of Manitoba, 1963

Honors and Awards

Elected Fellow of the AIAA, 2004
Who’s Who in Engineering Education, 2002
AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, Co-winner of the Air Breathing Propulsion Best Paper of the Year Award, 1993.

Research Interests

Experimental fluid dynamics and aeroacoustics. Turbulent structure in supersonic shear layers, the aerodynamics and aeroacoutsics of supresonic free jets and of centrifugal turbomachinery