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Christopher M Brophy

Associate Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Phone: (831) 656-2699


BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, 1991 and 1993, respectively.
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, 1998.
Research Interests
Pulse Detonation Engines
Liquid Rocket Engine Phenomenology
Optical Diagnostics
Underwater Combustion
Teaching Interests
Propulsion and Power
Fluid Mechanics
Thermodynamics and Combustion
Optical Diagnostics


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, ONR
  • 2002 - Outstanding Research Award, Naval Postgraduate School

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • Senior Member, AIAA
  • AIAA Propellants and Combustion Technical Subcommittee
  • Air-Breathing Technical Subcommittee
  • ASME
  • Co-Chair, JANNAF Pulse Detonation Performance Working Group