Ryder, Robert C.

Robert C. Ryder, Jr.

Associate Professor of Pre-Engineering/Physics/Mathematics

A.S., Community College of Allegheny County
B.S., University of Pittsburgh
M.A., University of Pittsburgh


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Robert Ryder is Associate Professor of Mathematics/Physics/Pre-Engineering at Housatonic Community College. He is the Site Coordinator for the Connecticut College of Technology, Project Leader for the Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Technologies (MET2) Program, serves as the community college representative on the CSCU Center of Nanotechnology Advisory Board, and was the Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education grant.

Robert served in the U.S. Coast Guard on the cutter USCGC Decisive. After four years of military service, Robert received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. He subsequently was employed by Pratt & Whitney in the Combustion Group. There he worked as computational fluid dynamics engineer and authored the computational solver that was selected by NASA to become the National Combustion Code. He also worked as an Adjunct Professor at Manchester Community College. After Pratt & Whitney, Robert formed a new company called Flow Parametrics, LLC that was responsible for promoting and commercializing the National Combustion Code. With over twenty five years of industrial experience, he returned to teaching in 2010 as a full-time faculty member in the Math/Science Department at Housatonic Community College.


Ryder, R.C., Brankovic, A., Hendricks, R.C., Liu, N.-S., Shouse, D.T., Roquemore, W.M., “Emissions Prediction and Measurement for Liquid Fueled TVC Combustor With and Without Water Injection,” AIAA 2005-0215, Reno, NV. Jan 2005.

Ryder, R.C, Brankovic, A., Bryant, P., “Race Car Design for the 21st Century Using 19th Century Tools,” SAE Paper 04MSEC-84, SAE Motorsports Engineering Conference, Dearborn, MI, November 2004.

Ryder, R.C., Hendricks, R.C., Brankovic, A., Shouse, D.T., Roquemore, W.M., Liu, N.-S., “Computational Parametric Study of Fuel Distribution in an Experimental Trapped Vortex Combustor Sector Rig,” ASME/IGTI Turbo Expo, Paper GT2004- 53225, June, 2004.

Ryder, R.C., Hendricks, R.C., Liu, N.-S., Gallagher, J.R., Brankovic, A., Hendricks, J.A., “Modeling of a Sequential Two-Stage Combustor,” The 10th Int. Symp. On Transport Phenomena and Dynamics of Rotating Machinery, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 2004, ISROMAC10-2004-037.

Ryder, R.C., Yiannas, C., Brankovic, A., Hoecke, D., McDivitt, T., “CFD Design Analysis Methodology: Hypersonics, Conjugate Heat Transfer and Liquid Spray Combustion,” AIAA Paper 2004-0328.

,p>Ryder, R.C., Brankovic, A., Bulzan, D.L., Marek, C.J., Parthasarathy, T.A. and Kerans, R.J., “CFD Definition Study of Interstage Burners in Turbine Transition Ducts,” ASME/IGTI Turbo Expo, Paper GT2003-38440, Atlanta, June, 2003.

Ryder, R.C., Brankovic, A., Bulzan, D.L. and Marek, C.J., “Combustion Performance of Interstage Burners in Turbine Transition Ducts,” Proceedings of the Third Joint Meeting of the U.S. Sections of The Combustion Institute, Chicago, March, 2003.

Ryder, R.C., Brankovic, A., Hendricks, R.C., Liu, N.-S., Gallagher, J., Shouse, D.T., Roquemore, W.M., Cooper, C.S., Burrus, D., Hendricks, J.A., “Measurement and Computation of Supersonic Flow in a Lobed Diffuser-Mixer for Trapped Vortex Combustors,” IEEE 19th International Congress on Instrumentation in Aerospace Simulations Facilities, Ohio Aerospace Institute, Cleveland, OH, August 27-30, 2001. Also published as NASA Technical Memorandum 2002-211127, June 2002.,/p>

Turner, M.G., Ryder, R., Norris, A., Celestina, M., Moder, J.,Liu, N.-S., Adamczyk, J., and Veres, J., “High Fidelity 3D Turbofan Engine Simulation with Emphasis on Turbomachinery-Combustor Coupling,” AIAA Paper 2002-3769, July 2002.

Ryder, R.C., Brankovic, A., with Shouse, D.T., Roquemore, W.M., Burrus, D.L., Duncan, B.S., Liu, N.-S-., Gallagher, J.R., Hendricks, J.A., “Experimental and Computational Study of Trapped Vortex Combustor Sector Rig with High-Speed Diffuser Flow,” Int. Journal of Rotating Machinery, Vol. 7(6), pp. 375-385, 2001.

Ryder, R.C., Brankovic, A., “Computational and Experimental Study of Aerodynamics and Heat Release in a Liquid Fueled Combustor,” AIAA Paper 2001- 0976, AIAA Aerospace Sciences Conference, Reno, NV, January 2001.

Ryder, R.C. Brankovic, A., Ebrahimi, H.B., and Liu. N.-S., “Validation of Unstructured CFD Flow Solver Technology for High-Speed Propulsion Applications,” AIAA Paper 2001-0811, AIAA Aerospace Sciences Conference, Reno, NV, January 2001.

Ryder, R.C. Brankovic, A., Bryant, P., and Smith, P., “Go With The Flow,” Race Car Engineering, pp. 42-45, January 2001.

Ryder, R.C., Brankovic, A., Bryant, P., and Smith, P., “Catch The Wind: A Summary of Flow Visualization Techniques,” Race Car Engineering, pp. 58-64, December 2000.

Ryder, R.C., “Application of the National Combustion Code Towards Unsteady Mixing and Combustion Modeling,” AIAA Paper 2000-0335, Reno, NV, January 2000.

Ryder, R.C., “Mixing and Combustion Modeling for Gas Turbine Combustors Using Unstructured CFD Technology,” AIAA Paper 98-3852, 34th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, Cleveland, OH, June 1998.

Ryder, R.C., “Massively Parallel Teach-Type Code Using an Approximately Implicit Algorithm,” ASME, Recent Advances and Applications in Computational Fluid Dynamics, FED, Vol. 103, Book No. G00570, 1990.


Small Business Innovative Research Award, NASA, November 2007

Small Business Innovative Research Award, USAF, September 2005

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Group Achiev