Carl L. Anderson

Carl L. 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