Dr. J. Gordon Leishman holds Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degree in Aerospace Engineering, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics, and a B.Sc with 1st Class Honors in Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics, all from the University of Glasgow in the U.K. He is an internationally recognized specialist in low-speed aerodynamics, rotorcraft aerodynamics and wind turbines, and his work has covered experimental, theoretical, and numerical approaches. His areas of interest and expertise also include unsteady aerodynamics, dynamic stall, aeroacoustics, two-phase fluid dynamics, wind tunnel testing, micro-air-vehicles, aircraft flight-testing, and the history of aeronautical technology.
Dr. Leishman was an Aerodynamicist at Westland Helicopters in England from 1983 to 1986, before joining the faculty at the University of Maryland in late 1986. He was promoted to Full Professor in 2000, and served as the Minta Martin Professor of Engineering from 2004 to 2014. Dr. Leishman has taught classes in fluid dynamics, applied aerodynamics, rotorcraft aerodynamics, aircraft and rotorcraft design, and aircraft flight-testing. He has advised dozens of students for their MS and PhD degrees, and many of his students have gone on to take leadership roles in government and industry. Dr. Leishman has authored over two hundred papers and reports on helicopter aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, experimental methods, and wind turbine aerodynamics. Many of his mathematical modeling techniques for helicopter aerodynamics, including dynamic stall and rotor wakes, are widely used and have been incorporated into numerous design methodologies. Dr. Leishman’s wind tunnel and other flow measurements have also formed benchmark validation test cases for computational model validation.
Dr. Leishman is the author of two books, Principles of Helicopter Aerodynamics, which was published in its expanded second edition in 2006 and has been adopted as a course text […]