Craig Johansen


Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

SSE Research Chair

in Aerospace Engineering

PhD - Mechanical Engineering

Queen's University, 2009

MBA - Business

Heriot-Watt University, 2006

MASc - Aerospace Engineering

Carleton University, 2005

BSc - Mechanical Engineering

Queen's University, 2003

Contact information


Mechanical Engineering Building : MEB408

Office hours

Open-door policy


Heat Transfer (ENME 471)

Gas Dynamics (ENME 595)

Mechanics of Compressible Flow (ENME 607)

Thermal Systems Analysis (ENME 637/ENEN 673)

Preferred method of communication


Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Intelligent and autonomous systems - Aerospace
  • Aerodynamics
  • Propulsion
  • Flight
  • UAVs
  • Laser diagnostics
  • Computational fluid dynamics



Dr. Johansen's research focuses on areas that involve fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer and gas dynamics. The work is motivated to solve problems in high-speed aerodynamics, propulsion, power generation, and explosion safety. His research lab includes several shock tubes with non-intrusive optical diagnostics and a computer cluster for computational fluid dynamics.


Dr. Johansen teaches related courses in gas dynamics, thermodynamics and heat transfer. 


Dr. Johansen completed his PhD at Queen's University in 2009 on the study of explosions and pulse detonation engine technology. He later worked at the NASA Langley Research Center on high-speed aerodynamics and propulsion using laser diagnostics. In 2011, he joined the University of Calgary to create the Aero-Core Group, which includes three laboratories on CFD, non-intrusive diagnostics and propulsion. Dr. Johansen enjoys undertaking challenging aerospace projects that inspire young engineers. He is part of the University of Calgary Aerospace Network (UCAN).


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Hinman, W.S., and Johansen, C. (2018) “Mechanisms in the hypersonic laminar near wake of a blunt body,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics,  Vol. 839, pp. 33-75 DOI 10.1017/jfm.2017.902

Dunn, C., Gustafson, G., Edwards, J., Dunbrack, T., and Johansen, C. (2018) “Spatially and temporally resolved regression rate measurements for the combustion of paraffin wax for hybrid rocket motor applications,” Aerospace Science and Technology, Vol. 72, pp. 371-379 DOI 10.1016/j.ast.2017.11.024

Hinman, W., Johansen, C., and Rodi, P. (2017) “Optimization and analysis of hypersonic leading edge geometries,” Aerospace Science and Technology, Vol. 70, pp. 549-558 DOI 10.1016/j.ast.2017.08.034

Trivedi, M., Jaganathan, R., and Johansen, C. (2016) “Convective heat transfer enhancement with nanoaerosols,” Vol. 102, pp. 1180-1189, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2016.07.017

Johansen, C.T., Lincoln. D, Bathel, B., Inman, J., and Danehy, P., (2016) “Simultaneous nitric oxide / atomic oxygen laser-induced fluorescence in an arc jet facility,” Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, DOI 10.2514/1.T4691

McRae, C.D., Johansen, C.T., Danehy, P.M., Gallo, E., Cantu, L., Magnotti, G., Cutler, A., Rockwell, R.D., Goyne, C.P., and McDaniel, J.C., (2015) “Image analysis of hydroxyl-radical planar laser-induced fluorescence in turbulent supersonic combustion”, Propulsion and Power, Vol. 32, No. 3, pp. 542-559, DOI 10.2514/1.B35611


2018: Killam Emerging Research Leader Award

2018: SSE Achievement Awards (Teaching & Research)

2017: FGS Great Supervisor Award

2016: SSE Teaching Achievement Award

2015: SSE Graduate Educator Award