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Bio of Jack Mattingly

I was born and raised in Zanesville, Ohio, graduated from Bishop Rosecrans High School, and received both a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1965 and 1967, respectively. In 1982, I received a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington (having worked under the propulsion expert Professor Gordon C. Oates). I now live in the Seattle area, teach professional short courses, write textbooks, develop software, and do engineering consulting work in air-breathing propulsion. In November 2002, I completed work with co-authors Dr. William Heiser and Dr. David Pratt on the Aircraft Engine Design, Second Edition textbook and its AEDsys comprehensive suite of supporting software. This textbook won the 2005 AIAA Summerfield Book Award. In July 2006, I completed work on the Elements of Propulsion: Gas Turbines and Rockets textbook and its suite of supporting software. I am currently writing new editions of these two textbooks.

In 1967, I joined the IBM Corporation in Colorado where I did research and development work in convective heat transfer and fluid dynamics. I entered the US Air Force in 1969 as a mechanical engineering officer and spent the next 20 years in a diversity of jobs (see Experience link at left): teacher for 7 years at the US Air Force Academy and 4 years at the Air Force Institute of Technology; doctoral student at the University of Washington for 3 years; designer of mechanical systems for buildings for 3 years (in USA, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Turkey); and technical manager and leader for advanced development of aircraft propulsion systems for the last 3 years at the Aero Propulsion and Power Lab, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Retiring from the Air Force in 1989, I joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Seattle University and was Department Chair 1994-97. I retired as Professor Emeritus from Seattle University in 2000 to teach professional short courses on gas turbine engine design, to do consulting work, and to write second editions of the "Aircraft Engine Design" and "Elements of Gas Turbine Propulsion" textbooks.

I co-authored Aircraft Engine Design, a conceptual design textbook for air breathing engines (first published in 1987), and a second edition of the book (published in Nov. 2002) that won the 2005 AIAA Summerfield Book Award. I authored the undergraduate propulsion textbook Elements of Gas Turbine Propulsion (published in 1996), an updated edition of this book entitled Elements of Propulsion, Gas Turbines and Rockets, published in July 2006, and a new edition of this book entitled Elements of Propulsion, Gas Turbines and Rockets, Second Edition, published in July 2016. Also, I have written numerous computer programs for the ananlysis of gas turbine engines, engine/aircraft system performance, and component preliminary design. I'm a Registered Professional Engineer and member of AIAA, ASEE, and ASME.

My wife Sheila and I have three daughter, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. We enjoy our time with our children and their husbands, our grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all our friends doing activities such as playing (model-railroading, cards, and stained glass), swimming, walking beaches, and beholding the beauty of nature (including such wonders as watching sunsets, whales, porpoise, seals, and bald eagles, and gazing at stars and others wonders of God around the Pacific Northwest, the surrounding areas, and everywhere we travel).