Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Allan Kirkpatrick


Office: Engineering A103L
Phone: 970-491-6654

Dr. Allan Kirkpatrick

Professor Emeritus

Mechanical Engineering

In 2021, after 40 years of service, Dr. Kirkpatrick formally retired from the department. He was a Professor and former Mechanical Engineering Department Head. Dr. Kirkpatrick has a B.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in Physics. He has published five books and has over one hundred peer reviewed publications in the applied thermal fluid sciences (internal combustion engines, building heat transfer, fluid jets) and engineering education areas.  He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. His teaching and research has been recognized with numerous national awards, and most recently the Ben Sparks Medal by ASME in 2013.


  • Ph.D. 1981, Massachusetts Institute of Technology—Mechanical Engineering
  • M.S. 1974, College of William and Mary—Applied Science
  • B.S. 1972, Massachusetts Institute of Technology—Mechanical Engineering


Research Interests

  • Applied Thermal Sciences/Fluid Mechanics

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 – Plenary Speaker, American Society for Engineering Education
  • 2013 – Ben C. Sparks Medal in Engineering Education, , American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 2006 – Invited Speaker, 14th Latin American Congress on Heat and Mass Transfer
  • 2004 – Engineering Classics Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources, MERLOT Society
  • 2003 – Best Paper Award, ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division Fall Technical Conference