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Eric Jumper

Eric Jumper


Phone: 574-631-7680

Office: 301 Cushing Hall


Ph.D., Air Force Institute of Technology, 1975


Professor Jumper joined Notre Dame after a career as an Air Force officer serving as Engineer, Scientist, Educator and head of a Division of the Air Force Weapons Laboratory.  His research activities in the Air Force and at Notre Dame have been in Lasers and Optics, Fluid Dynamics, Reacting Flows, Unsteady Aerodynamics, Turbomachines and aircraft wake dynamics.

Currently he is actively involved in laser interactions with turbulence (Aero-Optics).  He directs  the Aero-Optics Group within FlowPAC. As part of the activities in the Aero-Optics Group, he is the principal investigator for the Airborne Aero-Optics Laboratory (AAOL).  The AAOL is a flying laboratory that investigates aero effects on airborne laser systems that involve flying two transonic Falcon 10 jet aircraft.  Recent publications in this area can be found at the Aero-Optics web website:


  • S. Gordeyev, N. De Lucca, E. Jumper, K. Hird, T.J. Juliano, J.W. Gregory, J. Thordahl and D.J. Wittich, “ Comparison of Unsteady Pressure Fields on Turrets with Different Surface Features using Pressure Sensitive Paint ”, Experiments in Fluids, 2014.
  • S. Gordeyev, A. E. Smith, J.A. Cress and E.J. Jumper, “ Experimental studies of aero-optical properties of subsonic turbulent boundary layers", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 2014.
  • Nightingale, A.M., Goodwine, B., Lemmon, M., and Jumper, E.J., “Phase-Locked-Loop Adaptive-Optic Controller and Simulated Shear Layer Correction”, AIAA Journal, 51(11), pp. 2714-2726, 2013.
  • Abado, S., Gordeyev, S. and Jumper, E., “Approach for two-dimensional velocity mapping,” Journal of Optical Engineering, 52(7), 071402, 2013.
  • Rennie, M., Goorskey, D., Whiteley M.R. and Jumper, E.J., “Wavefront Measurements of a Laser-Induced Breakdown Spark in Still Air,”  Applied Optics, 51(13), pp. 2306-2314, 2012.
  • Vukasinovic, B., Glezer, A., Gordeyev, S. and Jumper, E.,  "Flow Control for Aero-Optics Application”, Experiments in Fluids, 54, p. 1492, 2013.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Aero-optics, Turbulence and Shear Flows, Adaptive Optics, Electro-Optical Systems and Instrumentation.

Courses: Thermodynamics; Aerospace Propulsion; Physical Gas Dynamics; Aerodynamics; Viscous Flow; Introduction to Aeronautics; Rocket Propulsion; Space Systems.

Current Research:


Manipulating Metal to Advance Aerospace, Infectious Disease Research

May 3, 2016

The Engineering Machine Shop specializes in close tolerance machining of large and small parts made from difficult-to-machine materials. On any given day, staff members will be crafting small chambers for mosquito research, sculpting a massive piece of metal for the Turbomachinery Laboratory, or providing expertise to a student or professor on the best, most practical design for a project.

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.

Jumper to Receive 2016 AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Award

February 23, 2016

Eric J. Jumper, the Roth-Gibson Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2016 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Plasmadynamics and Lasers Award.

Jumper Named Roth-Gibson Professor

February 10, 2015

Eric J. Jumper, director of the Aero-Optics Group, has been promoted to Roth-Gibson Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.