Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Allan Kirkpatrick


Office: Engineering A103F
Phone: 970-491-6654

Dr. Allan Kirkpatrick


Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Kirkpatrick is currently a Professor and a former Department Head in the Mechanical Engineering Department.  He has BS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master’s degree in Physics. He has been at Colorado State since 1980. 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