Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Dan Olsen


Office: Engineering A103K
Phone: 970-491-3580

Daniel B. Olsen


Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Olsen has been a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty since August 2006.

He was a Research Scientist at the CSU Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory for six years, carrying out research and development primarily on large bore natural gas engines used for natural gas compression.

Olsen worked in industry as a design engineer for six years; his responsibilities as a design engineer included development of cryocoolers for space applications and design of centrifugal pumps.

His research group carries out research and development on industrial engine systems for applications such as power generation and gas compression.


  • Ph.D. 1999, Colorado State University—Mechanical Engineering
  • M.S. 1990, Oregon State University—Mechanical Engineering
  • B.S. 1987, Eastern Oregon State College—Physics


Research Interests

  • Internal Combustion Engines

  • Energy Systems

  • Renewable Fuels

International Connections

  • Country: United States of America
    Contact: Pipeline Research Council International, Industry Collaboration: US, Canada, Europe
  • Country: Spain
    Contact: Guascor, Research for industrial engine development and sabbatical host
  • Country: France
    Contact: French Institute of Pure Vegetable Oils, Research on straight vegetable oils in engines
  • Country: Republic of Korea
    Contact: Halla University
  • Country: China
    Contact: Harbin Engineering University; Dalian University of Technology
  • Country: Chile
    Contact: University of Santa Maria