Brian Robinson

Assistant Professor Term, Engineering Fundamentals


Brian S. Robinson is an Assistant Professor for the Engineering Fundamentals Department at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville (UofL). Brian originally hails from the Louisville metropolitan area and, prior to returning home in 2004, he served 9 years in the U.S. Navy as an enlisted engineer. His education includes numerous engineering-related naval courses, two years of collegiate study at the University of New Orleans, and Brian earned his B.S., MEng and PhD in Mechanical Engineering during his academic tenure at UofL.

Teaching Interests

Upon first exposure as a graduate student, Brian developed an immediate, strong passion and talent for teaching that was only strengthened with each new class he taught. He now holds the highest regard for the teaching profession and it brings him the utmost satisfaction to play a role in the world of engineering education. Brian’s teaching interests lie within all things engineering related. This is evident in the range of courses he has taught, including Heat Transfer, Machine Design, Nuclear Engineering, Manufacturing Processes, Data Acquisition & Digital Signal Processing, Mechanical Measurements, Heat Exchanger Design, Engineering Fundamental courses, and Differential Equations.

Research Interests

Brian realizes that research enhances knowledge base, which in turn enhances teaching. He often implements aspects of his research into curriculum development for applicable courses. Brian’s primary research interest is in renewable energy applications. He strongly believes that there is no greater challenge facing today’s world than the impending energy crisis that is imminent if alternatives to burning finite fossil fuels are not sufficiently developed. Brian’s research has produced numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and has resulted in the construction of the Passive Solar Test Facility located on the UofL campus and the installation of the dual-axis solar tracker on the roof of Sackett Hall. Additional areas of research interest are the related fields of energy storage and energy efficiency.