James C. Hermanson

Jim Hermanson

Office: 316E Guggenheim
Phone: (206) 616-2310

PhD, Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology
MS, Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology
BSAA, University of Washington


Professor Hermanson received his BS in 1977 from the University of Washington Aeronautics & Astronautics Department. Subsequently he was an Engineer with Boeing Aerospace Company. He performed his graduate studies at the California Institute of Technology, earning a Master of Science in 1980 and a Ph.D. in 1985, both in Aeronautics. Dr. Hermanson was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institut für Physikalische Chemie at the Universität Göttingen, in Göttingen, Germany. Other professional experience includes the Boeing Aerospace Company in Kent, WA, United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, CT and Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA. Professor Hermanson has been with the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics at the University of Washington since 2002 and was Department Chair from 2010 to 2014. He was a Visiting Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and is currently a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at ZARM (Center for Applied Space Technology and Microgravity) at the Universität Bremen in Bremen, Germany. Professor Hermanson is a Fellow of the ASME. He is also an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, and has served as Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal and on the AIAA Air Breathing Propulsion and High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion Technical Committees.

Professor Hermanson's research interests are primarily in the general field of aerothermofluids, with emphasis on aerospace propulsion, combustion, gas dynamics, and multiphase flow. His current research activity includes the study of the combustion of cryogenic propellants under microgravity conditions (in collaboration with ZARM at the Universität Bremen), the explosive-boiling behavior of superheated liquids, and the heat transfer and evaporation/condensation associated with cryogenic and normal fluids in normal- and microgravity conditions. His research to date has been supported by ONR, NSF, NASA, the state of Washington, the U.S. Fulbright Program, and private industry. Professor Hermanson spricht deutsch och talar lite svenska.