Carl L. Anderson

Carl Anderson


  • Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
  • Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University


Carl Anderson earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech, an MS from Stanford University, and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics in 1980 and has taught courses in energy thermofluids. He is a member of SAE, ASME, and ASEE. In addition, he served for many years as the SAE Student Chapter advisor, creating and advising FormulaSAE, a women’s Baja team, the Clean Snowmobile Team and the DOE FutureCar Team. He was a co-author on the NSF Action Agenda proposal that led to the creation of Michigan Tech’s Enterprise Program. In 2000 he received the first Michigan Tech Faculty Distinguished Service Award. In addition, Anderson worked with faculty across the college to develop a curriculum in hybrid electric vehicle engineering.

Anderson’s research activities include heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and wireless telemetry with applications to internal combustion engines and turbomachinery. He has received three US patents and one German patent. He cofounded Infrared Telemetrics Inc. and is a member of its board of directors. He also serves on the governing boards of the Michigan Academy of Green Mobility, the Michigan Tech Entrepreneurial Support Corporation, and Superior Innovations Inc. He has served as associate chair and director of undergraduate studies, as well as graduate studies, for the department. He served as associate dean of engineering for research and graduate programs.

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Heat Transfer
  • I. C. Engines
  • Torque Converter
  • Infrared Radiometry
  • Infrared & Microwave Telemetry

Research Interests

  • Spray Impingement Signatures in a High Speed Direct Injection Diesel
  • Microwave Telemetry Technique for Measurements in Reciprocating and Rotating Machinery
  • Piston Heat Transfer in a Direct-Injection, Two-Stroke Engine

Recent Publications

  • Darin Kowalski, Carl Anderson, Jason Blough, "Cavitation Detection in Automotive Torque Converters Using Nearfield Acoustical Measurements", SAE International NVH Conference, Traverse City, Michigan, 2005.
  • Darin Kowalski, Carl Anderson, Jason Blough, "Cavitation Prediction in Automotive Torque Converters", SAE International NVH Conference, Traverse City, Michigan, 2005.
  • Scott A. Miers, Carl L. Anderson, Jason R. Blough, M. Koray Inal, "Impingement Identification in a High Speed Diesel Engine using Piston Surface Temperature Measurements", SAE Paper 05-M25, SAE International Congress and Exposition, Detroit, Michigan, 2005.
  • Peter Sweger, Carl L. Anderson, Jason Blough, ”Measurements of Strain on 310 mm Converter Turbine Blade,” International Journal of Rotating Machinery, Volume 10, Number 1, pp. 55-63, 2004.
  • C. L. Anderson, L. Zeng, P. Sweger, A. Narain, and J. R. Blough, “Experimental Investigation of Cavitation Signatures in an Automotive Torque Converter Using a Microwave Telemetry Technique,” International Journal of Rotating Machinery, Volume 9, Number 6, pp. 403-410, 2003.
  • Scott A. Miers, Carl L. Anderson, Ryan D. Hayes, John A. Ballmer, Joseph A. Wegleitner, “Design and Testing of a Four-Stroke, EFI Snowmobile with Catalytic Exhaust Treatment,” SAE 2001 Transactions, Vol. 110-4, Journal of Fuel and Lubricants, 2001.
  • Scott A. Miers, Robert D. Calgren, Carl L. Anderson, “Noise and Emission Reduction Strategies for a Snowmobile,” SAE 2000 Transactions, Vol. 109, Section 3, Journal of Engines, pp.1891-1896 included, 2000.