Professional Experience of the Founder, Don Jordan, Ph.D.

After nearly two decades working at the University of Virginia as a research scientist (with projects involving DARPA, ONR and Boeing) and as an award winning engineering teacher, Don Jordan left the public sector in 2015 to found Dojo Research & Consulting to help companies tackle their engineering challenges and to pursue a number of internal engineering research projects.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin 1998

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1990

Selected Recent Technical Publications

Professional Experience

Lecturer, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia (

  • Courses Taught:
    • Fluid Dynamics I & II
    • Experimental Methods
    • Intro. to Aerospace Engineering

Sr. Research Scientist, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia (

  • Conducted next generation aircraft carrier Jet Blast Deflector (JBD) experiments with an afterburning jet engine in collaboration with Virginia Tech and UTSI.
  • Designed thermo/fluids instrumentation for heat pipes to be installed in jet engines for a Boeing aircraft thermal management project.
  • Performed CFD analysis of cooling flow for an Areva nuclear reactor design.
  • Designed and performed two heat transfer experiments for exploring concepts for thermal management systems for naval ship deck protection.
  • Designed instrumentation and conducted experiments for a 6’ x 6’ thermal management panel for naval ship thermal management with a 2000 lb thrust turbojet engine in collaboration with Virginia Tech.

Research Scientist, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia (

  • Designed and implemented thermo/fluids instrumentation for an 18’ x 10’ size model of a next generation aircraft carrier Jet Blast Deflector (JBD).
  • Conducted JBD experiments with 2000 lb thrust jet engine in collaboration with Virginia Tech.
  • Designed and conducted fluids/heat transfer experiments for a next generation aircraft carrier Jet Blast Deflector (JBD).

Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia (

  • Courses Taught:
    • Fluid Dynamics I & II
  • Established interdisciplinary research group between SEAS and School of Medicine for applying engineering techniques to the study of atrial fibrillation.
  • Applied wavelet analysis techniques to vibrations in offshore structures.