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Maximilian Platzer

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Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Monterey, CA 93943

Phone: 831-656-3426

Email: mplatzer (at)



Dr. Tech. Sci. - Technical Univ of Vienna, Austria, 1964

Dipl.Ing. - Technical Univ of Vienna, Austria, 1957

BS - Technical Univ of Vienna, Austria, 1954



  • Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1970-2003

  • Chair, Department of Aero/Astronautics, 1978-1982, 1984-1988, 2000-2003

  • Chair, Naval Postgraduate School Faculty, 1993 and 2000

  • Member, Naval Postgraduate School Faculty Executive Board, 1993-2003



  • Chair, Structures & Dynamics Committee of the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute, 1998-2000

  • Professor of Aero/Astronautics, Air Force Institute of Technology, 2003-2004

  • Visiting Research Professor, Technical University of Lausanne, 1990 and 1994

  • Associate Editor, AIAA Journal, 1990-1993

  • Director, Navy-NASA Joint Institute of Aeronautics, 1986-2003

  • Associate Program Manager, Aircraft Propulsion Research, NAVAIR, 1973-1982

  • Research Fellow, University of Queensland, Australia, Summer 1976

  • Chief, Aeromechanics Research, Lockheed-Georgia Research Lab, 1966-1970

  • Assistant to the Branch Chief and Chief of the Unsteady Aerodynamics Section,

  • NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, 1960-1966

  • Assistant Professor of Fluid Mechanics and Applied Mathematics, Technical

  • University of Vienna, 1957-1960



  • Aerodynamics

  • Aeroelasticity

  • Flight Mechanics



  • Fluid Mechanics, Gas Dynamics

  • Aeroelasticity

  • Flight Mechanics

  • Propulsion



  • Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2000

  • NAVAIR Compass Outstanding Teaching Award, 1999

  • Distinguished Professor Award, Naval Postgraduate School, 1995

  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1992

  • Certificate of Recognition by President of Lockheed-Georgia Company, 1972

  • NASA Superior Performance Award by Dr. Wernher von Braun, 1965



  • Editor-in-chief of the review journal "Progress in Aerospace Sciences"



  • T. Cebeci, M. Platzer, H. Chen, K.C. Chang, J.P. Shao, “Analysis of Low-Speed Unsteady Airfoil Flows,” Springer Verlag , 2005

  • K.D. Jones, C.J. Bradshaw, J. Papadopoulos, M.F. Platzer, “Bio-Inspired Design of Flapping-Wing Micro Air Vehicles,” The Aeronautical Journal of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Vol. 109, No. 1098, pp. 385-393, August 2005

  • G.V. Hobson, W.T. Cheng, M.S. Seaton, A. Gannon, M.F. Platzer, "Experimental and Computational Investigation of Cross-Flow Fan Propulsion for Lightweight VTOL Aircraft," ASME Paper No. GT2004-53468, ASME TURBO EXPO 2004, Vienna, Austria, June 2004.

  • K.D. Jones, K. Lindsey, M.F. Platzer, "An Investigation of the Fluid-Structure Interaction in an Oscillating-Wing Micro-Hydropower Generator," Fluid Structure Interaction II, WIT Press, 2003, pp. 73-84

  • J.C.S. Lai, J. Yue, M.F. Platzer, "Control of Backward-Facing Step Flow Using a Flapping Foil," Experiments in Fluids, Vol. 32, pp. 44-54, 2002