Matthew Erdman

Assistant Teaching Professor

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Areas of Expertise:

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Multiphase Flow
  • Measurements and Instrumentation
  • Hydropower

Matthew Erdman earned his PhD from the Pennsylvania State University by utilizing commercial computational fluid dynamics software to improve the multiphase mass transfer models for Eulerian-Eulerian flow. His M.S. (also at Penn State) focused on improving the off-design efficiencies in hydraulic turbines. While at Penn State, he taught and coordinated the lab portion of the Measurement, Instrumentation and Statistics course for seven years. He then led the laboratory redesign of the above course as it transitioned into the Circuit Analysis, Instrumentation, and Statistics course.

Honors and Awards:

  • Hydro-Research Foundation Research Award (2014)
  • Vice Admiral E.L. Cochrane Award (2014) for best peer-reviewed paper published by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Award, Penn State Behrend (2013)

Selected Publications:

 Johnson, B., Lasher, W.C., Erdman, M., Miles, J., & Curry, B. “Uncertainties in the Wind-Heel Analysis of Traditional Sailing Vessels: The Challenges it presents for Forensic Analysis of Sailing Vessel Incidents,” 2013 Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium. Annapolis, MD, March 2013.