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 include: (1) the combustion of hydrogen, ethanol and alternative fuels, (2) industrial gas turbine efficiency and emissions, (3) fuel spray ignition and combustion for advanced internal combustion engines, and (4) Flame-Wall Interactions (FWI) and Flame-Cooling Hole interactions (FCAI) for pollutant control.
He is coordinator of the Master of Energy Systems degree, teaches ENGR90028 Introduction to Energy Systems, MCEN30018 Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, and is the coordinator for the ENGR90031 Energy Systems Project industrial placement program.
Dr. Gordon has published 28 peer-reviewed journal papers with over 860 citations and an h-Index of 17 (Scopus 2019). Recognition for his research output includes an award for Most Distinguished Paper on Diagnostics in the 32nd International Symposium on Combustion, Best Student Paper at the 2015 Australian Combustion Symposium, 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 served as Colloquium Co-Chai