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Maximilian F. Platzer
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Mail Code: MAE/Pl
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-3426
Email: mplatzer (at)
Dr. Tech. Sci. - Technical Univ of Vienna, Austria, 1964
Dipl.Ing. - Technical Univ of Vienna, Austria, 1957
BS - Technical Univ of Vienna, Austria, 1954
  • Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1970-2003
  • Chair, Department of Aero/Astronautics, 1978-1982, 1984-1988, 2000-2003
  • Chair, Naval Postgraduate School Faculty, 1993 and 2000
  • Member, Naval Postgraduate School Faculty Executive Board, 1993-2003
  • Chair, Structures & Dynamics Committee of the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute, 1998-2000
  • Professor of Aero/Astronautics, Air Force Institute of Technology, 2003-2004
  • Visiting Research Professor, Technical University of Lausanne, 1990 and 1994
  • Associate Editor, AIAA Journal, 1990-1993
  • Director, Navy-NASA Joint Institute of Aeronautics, 1986-2003
  • Associate Program Manager, Aircraft Propulsion Research, NAVAIR, 1973-1982
  • Research Fellow, University of Queensland, Australia, Summer 1976
  • Chief, Aeromechanics Research, Lockheed-Georgia Research Lab, 1966-1970
  • Assistant to the Branch Chief and Chief of the Unsteady Aerodynamics Section,
  • NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, 1960-1966
  • Assistant Professor of Fluid Mechanics and Applied Mathematics, Technical
  • University of Vienna, 1957-1960
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Flight Mechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics, Gas Dynamics
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Flight Mechanics
  • Propulsion
  • Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2000
  • NAVAIR Compass Outstanding Teaching Award, 1999
  • Distinguished Professor Award, Naval Postgraduate School, 1995
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1992
  • Certificate of Recognition by President of Lockheed-Georgia Company, 1972
  • NASA Superior Performance Award by Dr. Wernher von Braun, 1965
  • Editor-in-chief of the review journal "Progress in Aerospace Sciences"
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)
  • T. Cebeci, M. Platzer, H. Chen, K.C. Chang, J.P. Shao, “Analysis of Low-Speed Unsteady Airfoil Flows,” Springer Verlag , 2005
  • K.D. Jones, C.J. Bradshaw, J. Papadopoulos, M.F. Platzer, “Bio-Inspired Design of Flapping-Wing Micro Air Vehicles,” The Aeronautical Journal of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Vol. 109, No. 1098, pp. 385-393, August 2005
  • G.V. Hobson, W.T. Cheng, M.S. Seaton, A. Gannon, M.F. Platzer, "Experimental and Computational Investigation of Cross-Flow Fan Propulsion for Lightweight VTOL Aircraft," ASME Paper No. GT2004-53468, ASME TURBO EXPO 2004, Vienna, Austria, June 2004.
  • K.D. Jones, K. Lindsey, M.F. Platzer, "An Investigation of the Fluid-Structure Interaction in an Oscillating-Wing Micro-Hydropower Generator," Fluid Structure Interaction II, WIT Press, 2003, pp. 73-84
  • J.C.S. Lai, J. Yue, M.F. Platzer, "Control of Backward-Facing Step Flow Using a Flapping Foil," Experiments in Fluids, Vol. 32, pp. 44-54, 2002
  • Keywords: Aerodynamics, Aeroelasticity, Gas Dynamics, Flight Mechanics, Propulsion Effects
  • DOD Key Technologies:
    • 1 - Aerospace Propulsion and Power
    • Other - Aircraft and Missile Aerodynamics

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