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Houston G Wood

Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Office location and address
351 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.S. ​Mathematics, Mississippi State University, 1965
M.S. ​​Mathematics, Mississippi State University, 1967
Ph.D. ​Applied Mathematics, University of Virginia, 1978
Centrifuge Modeling
Source: U.S. DOE - Battelle Memorial Institute, Pacific No
January 01, 2021 – May 31, 2022
Jump Start in Nuclear Materials Education and Research Fellowship Program at the University of Virginia
Source: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
July 01, 2016 – June 30, 2020
Analysis of Lubrication Valve Design and CFD Assessment of Aerodynamic Forces
Source: Pratt and Whitney
September 01, 2017 – December 31, 2017
EN-MAE-ROMAC Industrial Research & Development Program Membership
Source: Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation
May 01, 2015 – April 30, 2017
EN-MAE ROMAC Support
Source: Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.
June 01, 2014 – May 31, 2016
EN-MAE Cascades Model
Source: UT-Battelle, LLC
February 28, 2008 – September 30, 2015
EN-MAE Gas Centrifuge Proliferation Scenarios
Source: Institute for Science and International Security
February 01, 2014 – August 31, 2015
EN-MAE VSGC Graduate Fellowship Application
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
June 01, 2012 – May 31, 2013
Linear Motor Design, Construction and Test
Source: Bear Technologies, LLC
December 01, 2011 – April 21, 2013
APMA 3080: Linear Algebra
Credits: 3
Analyzes systems of linear equations; vector spaces; linear dependence; bases; dimension; linear mappings; matrices; determinants; eigenvalues; eigenvectors; coordinates; diagonalization; inner product spaces. Prerequisite: APMA 2120 or equivalent.
MAE 6410: Engineering Mathematics I
Credits: 3
Review of ordinary differential equations. Initial value problems, boundary value problems, and various physical applications. Linear algebra, including systems of linear equations, matrices, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, diagonalization, and various applications. Scalar and vector field theory, including the divergence theorem, Green's theorem, and Stokes theorem, and various applications. Partial differential equations that govern physical phenomena in science and engineering. Solution of partial differential equations by separation by variables, superposition, Fourier series, variation of parameter, d'Alembert's solution. Eigenfunction expansion techniques for non-homogeneous initial-value, boundary-value problems. Particular focus on various physical applications of the heat equation, the potential (Laplace) equation, and the wave equations in rectangular, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates. Cross-listed as APMA 6410. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
MAE 6420: Engineering Mathematics II
Credits: 3
Further and deeper understanding of partial differential equations that govern physical phenomena in science and engineering. Solution of linear partial differential equations by eigenfunction expansion techniques. Green's functions for time-independent and time-dependant boundary value problems. Fourier transform methods, and Laplace transform methods. Solution of variety of initial-value, boundary-value problems. Various physical applications. Study of complex variable theory. Functions of complex variable, the complex integral calculus, Taylor series, Laurent series, and the residue theorem, and various applications. Serious work and efforts in the further development of analytical skills and response. Cross-listed as APMA 6420. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and APMA/MAE 6410 or equivalent.
MAE 7520: Special Topics in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering Science: Advanced Level
Credits: 3
A specialized, advanced, or exploratory topic relating to mechanical or aerospace engineering science, at the second-year or higher graduate level. May be offered on a seminar or team-taught basis. Subjects selected according to faculty interest. Topics and prerequisites are listed in the Course Offering Directory.
MAE 8897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For master's students.
APMA 8897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For master's students.
MAE 8999: Master's Thesis Research, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Credits: 1–12
Formal documentation of faculty supervision of thesis research. Each full-time, resident Master of Science student in mechanical and aerospace engineering is required to register for this course for the number of credits equal to the difference between his or her regular course load (not counting the one-credit MAE 7510 seminar) and 12.
MAE 9897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.
APMA 9897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.
MAE 9999: Dissertation Research, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Credits: 1–12
Formal documentation of faculty supervision of dissertation research. Each full-time resident doctoral student in mechanical and aerospace engineering is required to register for this course for the number of credits equal to the difference between his or her regular course load (not counting the one-credit MAE 8591 seminar) and 12.