Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information

Higgins Laboratories, 108
Phone: +1-508-831-5686

Brian J. Savilonis

The project mode of education is a significant tenet of WPI; project based courses are common, along with the required Interactive Qualifying Project and Major Qualifying Project. Managing this close knit intellectual activity has m any parallels to coaching sports; watching individuals " light up" is tremendously rewarding. The recent addition of the Great Problems Seminar allows strong interaction with the freshman class as well. The thermofluid area is critical to world sustainability and extends beyond technical expertise to socio- political and economic context.

Research Interests

  • Thermofluids
  • Biological flows
  • Gait Analysis


  • BS, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1972
  • MS, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1973
  • PhD, University of Buffalo, 1976

Featured Publications

  • Brian Savilonis, David Spanagel, Kristin Wobbe, “Engaging Students with Great Problems,” AC 2010- 323, 2010 ASEE Annual Conference, Louisville KY.
  • Brian Savilonis, “Societal Impact of Thermo Fluid Design,” 2010 ASEE Northeast Section Conference, 2010
  • (with Kris Wobbe), Workshop on Reforming the First Year Experience, Notre Dame U., August 2- 4, 2009.
  • Brian Savilonis and David Spanagel, " Great Problem Seminars at WPI: a Multidisciplinary Project- based Experience," Proceedings of the 2009 ASEE Northeast Section Conference, 2009

Professional Highlights

  • ASEE- NE Outstanding Teacher 2011
  • WPI Mechanical Engineering Teacher of Year 2007
  • Mechanical Engineering Advisor of Year 2005
  • SAE Teetor Award 1981
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