Dr. John Baker

  • Professor

Contact Information

  • Office: 260 Hardaway
  • Phone: (205) 348-4997
  • Fax: (205) 348-6419

Areas of Research

  • Heat transfer
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Agent-based modeling and simulation
  • Rocket propulsion
  • Space Systems


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky


Dr. John Baker’s research interests include combustion, propulsion, thermodynamics, reactive flows, transport phenomena, and thermal radiation heat transfer. His current research activities include: an experimental study of the interaction between magnetic fields and diffusion flames (using holographic interferometry), an experimental study of laminar slot diffusion flames in reduced gravity, a theoretical and experimental study of turbulent induced vortex flames, an experimental study into the effect that temperature and pressure have on fuel injection behavior (using particle image velocimetry, PIV), an experimental evaluation of an electrostatic injection system for diesel engine applications, a theoretical investigation into the thermodynamic optimization of fuel cells, a theoretical investigation into the use of magnetic fields to enhance rocket performance, and a fundamental investigation into combustion at “microscales.”

Baker is also involved in a project for the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Fluid Mechanics with Analysis Using Computations and Experiments Program.