Erik J. Anderson

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
All FacultyMechanical Engineering

Contact Information
Phone: 724-450-1537

Erik J. Anderson


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005, Ocean Engineering
  • M.S., St. Francis Xavier University, 1998, Biology
  • B.S., Gordon College, 1989, Physics and Biology

Selected Works:

  • Alben, S., Witt, C., Baker, T. V., Anderson, E. and Lauder, G. V. (2012). Dynamics of freely swimming flexible foils. Phys. Fluids. 24, 051901; doi: 10.1063/1.4709477.
  • Lauder, G. V., Madden, P. G. A., Tangorra, J., Anderson, E. and Baker, T. V. (2011). Bioinspiration from fish for smart material design and function. Smart Mater. Struct. 20, doi:10.1088/0964-1726/20/9/094014.
  • Lauder, G., Lim, J., Shelton, R., Witt, C., Anderson, E., and Tangorra, J. L. (2011). Robotic models for studying undulatory locomotion. Mar. Tech. Soc. J. 45 (4), 41-55.
  • Tytell, E. D., Borazjani, I., Sotiropoulos, F., Baker, T. V., Anderson, E. J., and Lauder, G. V. (2010). Disentangling the functional roles of morphology and motion in the swimming of fish. Integr. Comp. Biol. 50, 1140-1154.

Academic Interests:

  • Aquatic biomimetic robotics, undulatory and jet propulsion
  • Flow sensing and fish lateral lines
  • Zooplankton fluid dynamics, turbulence and ocean ecology
  • Flow visualization and machine vision
  • Biological boundary layers

Courses Taught:

  • MECE 421 Applied Fluid Dynamics
  • MECE 328 Biomechanics
  • ENGR 274 Mathematical Methods in Engineering
  • MECE 451/2 Senior Capstone Design Laboratory
  • SSFT 212 Studies in Science, Faith, and Technology

Other Interests:

  • Fulbright fellowship program
  • Undergraduate research