Dr. Robert Gordon is a Senior Lecturer in the Fluids and Thermal Sciences division of the Mechanical Engineering Department. He received his doctorate from the University of Sydney in 2007, undertook a post-doctoral research position at the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany) to investigate high-altitude relight of gas turbine engines, and was later awarded a Newton International Fellowship to research liquid biofuel combustion at the University of Cambridge.
Dr. Gordon then joined Rolls-Royce Industrial Gas Turbines in Montreal, Canada, to undertake the role of Research and Technology Team Leader, before joining the University of Melbourne in 2014. Dr. Gordon's research interests focus on: (1) industrial gas turbines, energy and emissions, (2) ignition and transient combustion phenomena, and (3) optical diagnostics and experimental techniques.
He is coordinator of the Master of Energy Systems degree, and is the University of Melbourne's Energy Cluster Representative for the Australia-Indonesia Centre. (see: http://www.eng.unimelb.edu.au/study/degrees/master-energy-systems/overview#nav ; http://australiaindonesiacentre.org/ )
Dr. Gordon has published 21 peer-reviewed journal papers with over 620 citations and an h-Index of 14 (Scopus 2017). Recognition for his research output includes an award for Most Distinguished Paper on Diagnostics in the 32nd International Symposium on Combustion, and an award for Outstanding ANZ Section Paper at the 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion. He has a patent on a novel combustor concept for GT engines, and has given invited plenary presentations on High Repetition Rate Laser Diagnostics at the 2011 AIAA meeting and the 2011 Gordon Research Conference on Laser Diagnostics.
Dr. Gordon has served as a reviewer for leading journals such as Combustion and Flame, Combustion Theory and Modelling, Experiments in Fluids, Flow Turbulence and Combustion, Energy and Fluids