Brian Maicke, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, School of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Olmsted Building, W239

Dr. Maicke earned his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tennessee Space Institute for his research on compressible flow modeling in rockets. His teaching interests are in thermo-fluids and computer aided engineering. Dr. Maicke's research centers on using analytical and computational methods to investigate fluid phenomena in a wide range of fields. Most of his work focuses on aerospace applications, including modeling the internal flow-fields present in solid and liquid rockets, supersonic nozzle phenomena, and particle-flow interactions.


  • CMMI Student Participation Grant: Awarded to present the poster: GOALI: Predicting Acoustic Wave Dynamics in Solid and Hybrid Rocket Motors, 2011 (National Science Foundation)
  • AIAA Special Award: For outstanding research, teamwork, mentorship, and support in the fields of high speed propulsion and theoretical modeling of aerospace engineering problems, 2010 (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics)
  • Lloyd Crawford Fellowship, 2010 (The University of Tennessee)
  • Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant of the Year, AY 2009-2010 (The University of Tennessee)
  • Senate Joint Resolution 36: Recognizing the scholarly work appearing in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, 2009 (State of Tennessee)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Member
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Member
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Aerospace propulsion
  • Applied mathematics
  • Engineering education
  • Aerodynamics
  • Biofluids
  • Thermal management systems

Maicke, BA and Majdalani, J: Characterization of the Startup and Pressure Blowdown Processes in Rocket Nozzles, Aerospace Science and Technology, 25(1), pp. 273 - 282, doi:10.1016/j.ast.2012.02.003, 2013

Majdalani, J and Maicke, BA: Direct Calculation of the Average Local Mach Number in Converging-Diverging Nozzles, Aerospace Science and Technology, 24(1), pp. 111 - 115, doi:10.1016/j.ast.2011.10.009, 2013

Maicke, BA, Saad, T and Majdalani, J: On the Compressible Hart-McClure and Sellars Mean Flow Motions, Physics of Fluids, 24(9), doi:10.1063/1.4748349, 2012

Majdalani, J and Maicke, BA: Inversion of the Fundamental Thermodynamic Equations for Isentropic Nozzle Flow Analysis, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, doi:10.1115/1.4003963, 2011

Majdalani, J and Maicke, BA: Explicit Inversion of Stodola's Area - Mach Number Equation, Journal of Heat Transfer, 133(7), p. 071702, doi:10.1115/1.4002596, 2011

Maicke, BA and Majdalani, J: A Constant Shear Stress Core Flow Model of the Bidirectional Vortex, Proceedings of the Royal Society, A, 465, pp. 915 - 935, doi:10.1098/rspa.2008.0342, 2009

Maicke, BA and Majdalani, J: On the Rotational Compressible Taylor Flow in Injection-Driven Porous Chambers, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 603, pp. 391 - 411, doi:10.1017/S0022112008001122, 2008

Maicke, BA and Majdalani, J: The Particle Image Velocimetry-Characteristics, Limits and Possible Applications, chap. Characterization of the Bidirectional Vortex using Particle Image Velocimetry, Intech, ISBN 978-953-51-0625-8, 2012

B.S.; M.S.; Ph.D. (U of Tennessee)

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