Fred Haan

Fred Haan


  *PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2000

 *MS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1999

  *BSE, Calvin College, 1992


Fred Haan’s mechanical engineering background has allowed him to do a wide range of interdisciplinary work. His primary professional and research work is in wind engineering, the study of wind interactions with ground based structures. Wind engineering combines aerodynamics, structural dynamics, atmospheric science, and statistics to solve wind-induced problems with buildings and other structures. Prof. Haan’s specialty is experimental aerodynamics, and he has completed projects on a range of topics related to tornado-induced wind loading on buildings and vehicles, extreme wind simulation, flow-induced vibration, and long-span bridge aerodynamics.


After completing his PhD, Dr. Haan taught Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University. There he helped build an atmospheric boundary layer wind tunnel and a tornado simulator for conducting research on wind effects on structures and was awarded an NSF Faculty Early Career Development grant. In 2008 he moved to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to teach Mechanical Engineering. He spent his 2014-2015 sabbatical teaching in the Honors College of Beihang University, China’s aerospace university. Over his career, he has taught courses in measurement and instrumentation, vibration analysis, propulsion systems, aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, manufacturing, structural analysis, engineering design, stochastic processes, and aeroelasticity.


Courses Taught at Calvin

ENGR-101 Introduction to Engineering Design

ENGR-314 Vibration Analysis

ENGR-324 Materials and Processes in Manufacturing

ENGR-334 Dynamics of Machinery

ENGR-W83 Sustainable Energy Systems



Professional associations

ASCE – American Society of Civil Engineers

ASEE – American Society for Engineering Education

AAWE – American Association for Wind Engineering



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