Personnel Detail

Eric Paterson
  • Executive Director (acting), Hume Center
  • Department Head, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
  • Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor of Marine Propulsion, Aerospace and Ocean Engineering


Aerospace and Ocean Engineering (MC0203)
Randolph Hall, RM 215A, Virginia Tech
460 Old Turner St
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Eric Paterson is the Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor of Marine Propulsion and Department Head of the Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering.  He joined Virginia Tech in 2012 after over a decade at Penn State as a senior scientist with the Applied Research Labs and Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.

Paterson's research interests are in the broad area of fluid dynamics, heat transfer, computational physics, and high-performance computing.  He is a Fellow of Socieity of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).