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Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

CAPT (ret) Leonard J. Hamilton, Ph.D., P.E.

Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering Department
United States Naval Academy
590 Holloway Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5042
(410) 293-6531
Fax (410) 293-3041


Naval Postgraduate School 2003
Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering
Dissertation "Numerical and Experimental Analysis of the Performance of Staggered Short
Pin-Fin Heat Exchangers"

University of Maryland, 1984
Masters of Science, Mechanical Engineering

U.S. Naval Academy, 1984
Bachelors of Science, Mechanical Engineering


Alternative Fuels Engine Performance and Emissions
Racecar Vehicle Dynamics

  • Visiting Associate Professor, University of Maryland (Aug. 2013 - Present)
  • Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (Aug. 2003 - Present)
  • Naval Aviator (May 1984 – Jun. 2014)
  • Cowart, J., Moore, P., Yosten, J., Hamilton, L, Luning-Prak, D., "Diesel Engine Acoustic Emission Airflow Clogging Diagnostics with Machine Learning", Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, Vol. 141/07102-1, April 2019.
  • Walker, M., Kelso, R., Bowes, K., Hamilton, L., Luning-Prak, D., Cowart, J., "Partially Premixed Combustion Application for Diesel Power Improvement", ASME Journal of Gas Turbines and Power, GTP-18-1082, May 2018.
  • Walker, M., Hamilton, L., Luning-Prak, D., Cowart, J., "Increasing High Load Engine Power with Advanced Combustion Modes", SAE Paper#2018-01-0903, April 2018.

A..James Clark Competition Advisor Award, 2020
Raouf Ali Raouf Award for Excellence in Teaching Engineering, 2017.
SAE Formula SAE Mentor of the Year, 2016.
UMD Office of Advanced Engineering Education Professor of the Year, 2014.
SAE Ralph R. Teetor Award for Engineering Education, April 2007
William P. Clements teaching excellence award, May 2006
Class of 1951 Prize for excellence in education, May 2006
Liethen-Tittle Award for being top graduate at the USAF Test Pilot School, June 1993.
James Palmer Award for being top graduate in Mechanical Engineering at USNA, May 1984.


Treasurer, Society of Automotive Engineers International

CAPT Len Hamilton, PhD, USN (ret)
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