Thomas H. Bradley  

Associate Professor

Colorado State University

Department of Mechanical Engineering,

Engineering Building A202C

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1374

Phone: +1 970-491-3539



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Dr. Thomas H. Bradley is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Colorado State University. He earned BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California – Davis, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology with an emphasis in systems engineering and decision support. Primary research interests include the design of automotive, aerospace and energy systems; integrated controls and design optimization; and the validation of engineering design methods.


Prior to his academic career, Bradley was sole proprietor of an independent consulting company, performing hybrid electric vehicle design and control modeling for the Electric Power Research Institute in support of vehicle development programs at Ford, Daimler Chrysler and BAE Systems. Dr. Bradley’s research is focused on using advanced system design tools with experimental validation to advance the state of the art in practical, demonstrable systems. In teaching, I seek to motivate my students to be confident, imaginative engineers by providing a forum for interactive, engaged learning and intellectual growth.


My lab group contributes to the Colorado State University College of Engineering Systems Engineering Program, the Mechanical Engineering Department, and the CSU Energy Institute. 


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Lab Updates


New Colorado law allocates $1.2 million to bolster CSU cybersecurity education.  Full Story.

Faster, more fuel-efficient commutes may be in store for Fort Collins. Full Story

College of Engineering hosts summer program for student veterans. Full Story

Electric vehicles that charge as you drive? CSU gets support for feasibility study.  Full Story

Two graduate students from our lab group have won College-wide and national recognitions this year.  Congrats to Tom and Carlos.  Full Story



Colorado State University is back in the race to build a greener car. CSU was one of 16 universities selected to participate in EcoCAR 3, a national automotive engineering program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors. More than 300 university student teams applied for the national competition, which kicks off this fall. Full Story



SAE International

Thomas H. Bradley, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University, has won the Teetor Award from the Society of Automobile Engineers International in recognition of his teaching excellence. Full Story


An interdisciplinary team of Colorado State University researchers has received a $2 million National Science Foundation grant to research new routes to the sustainable production of biofuels using photosynthetic bacteria.  Full Story Full Story

CSU will work with Noble Energy Inc. on a new $1.4 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to optimize water management associated with Noble’s oil and gas production in the Denver-Julesburg Basin in Weld County. Full Story

Colorado State University to Offer Opportunity for Teachers to Explore Electric Vehicle Education at Three-Day Workshop.  Full Story

Siemens Awards $44.5 Million in In-Kind Software to Colorado State University for Use in Groundbreaking Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Design. Full Story

Food, Energy and Waste, Dr. Susan De Long, of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and Thomas Bradley, of the Department of Mechanical Engineering have received a Global Challenges Research Team grant from the CSU School of Global and Environmental Sustainability.  The research team’s activities will focus on identifying viable solutions to global food, energy and environmental crises. Full Story

General Motors’ Chevrolet Malibu is going to look a lot different after Colorado State University students get their hands on it. Full Story  Full Story

If more utility companies were financially motivated to promote rooftop solar installations and energy conservation measures, they could be leading the charge for creating clean energy jobs. But the industry is likely to need new business models and regulatory reforms that make energy efficiency and renewable energy beneficial for all, according to Colorado State University and researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Full Story


The transformation of algae into a biofuel – from the photobioreactor where it’s grown to the factories where it’s processed – is more environmentally friendly than the process for petroleum diesel or soy biodiesel, according to a groundbreaking Colorado State University study. Full Story

The CSU Clean Energy Supercluster has distributed its third round of seed grants to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and jumpstart larger research initiatives at Colorado State University.  Full Story

CSU has received a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to study the development of equipment to reduce heat stress in firefighters and HazMat workers.  Tom Bradley is PI with Wade Troxell and John Williams as Co-PIs.  Full Story

CSU has received a DOE Recovery Act Grant to develop educational programs in the field of Transportation Electrification.  Tom Bradley is the PI for the CSU College of Engineering.  Full Story

I have taken a position as Assistant Professor at Colorado State University in the Mechanical Engineering Department (8/11/08)


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