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Robert Nelson

Robert Nelson

Email: rnelson@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-4733

Office: 106 Hessert Laboratory


Ph.D, Pennsylvania State University, 1974

M.S., University of Notre Dame, 1966

B.S., University of Notre Dame, 1964


Dr. Nelson conducts his research at the Hessert Laboratory for Aerospace Research.


  • Nikolic, V.R., Jumper, E.J., and Nelson, R.C., "Modified, Discrete-Vortex Method for Studying the Effect of Wing Loading on Wake Dynamics," Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 33, No. 1, January -February 1996.
  • Arena, Jr., A.S., Nelson, R.C., and Schiff, L.B., "Directional Control at High Angles of Attack Using Pneumatic Blowing Through a Chined Forebody," Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 32, No. 3, pp. 596-602, May-June 1995.
  • Grismer, D.S., Nelson, R.C., and Ely, W.L., "The Influence of Sideslip on Double Delta Wing Aerodynamics," Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 451-453, March-April 1995.
  • Arena, Jr., A.S., Nelson, R.C., "Measurement of Unsteady Surface Pressure on a Slender Wing Undergoing a Self-Induced Oscillation," Experiments in Fluids, Vol. 16, No. 6, pp. 414-416, 1994.
  • Arena, Jr., A.S., Nelson, R.C., "Experimental Investigations on Limit Cycle Wing Rock of Slender Wings," Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 31, No. 5, pp. 1148-1155, Sept.-Oct. 1994.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Applied Aerodynamics

Flight Stability & Control

Aircraft Wake Dynamics

Wind Turbine Control

Additional research information: http://engineering.nd.edu/departments/ame/research/current-research-of-dr.-robert-nelson.


Wind Energy to Benefit from Notre Dame Plasma Research

April 20, 2016

As the world looks for new ways to diversify its energy supply and find renewable resources to power the earth’s growing energy consumption needs, new research from the University of Notre Dame has identified a potential way to make an existing renewable resource – wind energy – more efficient in power production.

EWind Facility Aimed at Improvements in Wind Energy

May 8, 2012

A wind turbine and a meteorological tower recently erected on the University of Notre Dame’s White Field are highly visible symbols of the University’s commitment to establish a premier wind energy research program.

Robert C. Nelson Receives the 2012 Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

April 30, 2012

Twenty winners of Joyce teaching excellence awards represent faculty who have had a profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching. Faculty committees in each of seven disciplinary areas review the peer and student nominations.