Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Bret Windom


Office: Engineering A103T
Phone: 970-491-7794

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Dr. Bret Windom

Chemical Energy Conversion Laboratory 

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Windom has been a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at CSU since August 2016.

After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in August 2009, Dr. Windom worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, CO carrying out experiments to measure key physical properties of fuels important in their energy conversion process. Following his appointment at NIST, Dr. Windom performed a roving postdoctoral fellowship as part of the Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center at the University of Southern California and Princeton University where he studied high pressure and turbulent flame dynamics. In 2013, Dr. Windom began an Assistant Professorship in the Mechanical and Aerospace Department at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (UCCS).

Dr. Windom’s research encompasses applied and fundamental topics ranging from the physiochemical characterization of alternative fuels to the analysis of reacting flow systems using advanced diagnostics and state of the art CFD tools.

Dr. Windom is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Society for Automotive Engineers and the Combustion Institute.


  • Ph.D. 2009, University of Florida—Mechanical Engineering
  • M.S. 2006, University of Florida—Mechanical Engineering
  • B.S. 2004, University of Florida—Mechanical Engineering


Research Interests

  • Combustion
  • Chemical Energy Conversion
  • Physiochemical Characterization of Alternative Fuels
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Laser Based Diagnostics
  • Propulsion

Honors and Awards

  • Air Force Research Lab Summer Fellowship, US Air Force Academy, 2019
  • Society of Automotive Engineering’s (SAE) Ralph R. Teetor Educator Award, 2018
  • Department of Energy Summer Faculty Fellowship – National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2016.
  • Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011-2013
  • National Academy of Science/National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009-2011
  • Elsevier Science prize for best student presentation at the 2006 Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Conference