• Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Mast-Childs Chair Professor
Luis San Andrés

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University – 1985
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh – 1982
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Escuela Politécnica Nacional – 1980

Research Interests

  • Dr. San Andres' research focuses on analysis, design and testing of fluid film bearings, and gas bearings and seals for oil-free turbomachinery as well as rotordynamics of turbomachinery, structural vibrations, and computational mechanics.


Awards & Honors

  • 2014-2024 Mast-Childs Chair Professor
  • 2020, Fellow GPPS, Global Power and Propulsion Society (Zurich)
  • 2019 Joint Faculty Appointment with Army Research Laboratory, Vehicle Technology Propulsion Directorate.
  • 2005-2014, Mast-Childs Professorship
  • 018-2021, 2009-2012 Adjunct Professor, Jiaotong University, Xi’an, PR China
  • 2005, Fellow ASME, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 2005, Fellow STLE, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
  • 2005, Ruth and William Neele’52 Faculty Fellow - Dwight Look College of Engineering
  • 2004, E.D. Brocket Professorship
  • 1999, Dresser Industries Professorship
  • 1998, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, Mechanical Engineering Dept., Texas A&M University
  • 1997, The Plank Co. Faculty Fellow
  • 1996, TEES Senior Research Fellow Award
  • 1995, Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from SAE (Engineering Society for Advancing Mobility Land Sea Air and Space).
  • 1995, TEES Research Fellow Award
  • 1993, TEES Research Fellow Award
  • 1989, Latin-American Applied Science Award, (OAS) Organization of American States.

Selected Publications

  • 2019 Best Paper Award, Structures & Dynamics Committee, ASME IGTI (June 2019) Experimental Force Coefficients for Two Sealed Ends Squeeze Film Dampers (Piston Rings and O-rings): An Assessment of Their Similarities and Differences, ASME GT2018-76224.
  • 2018 Best Paper Award, Structures & Dynamics Committee, ASME IGTI (June 2018) San Andrés, L., and Lu, X., 2017, “Leakage. Drag Power and Rotordynamics Force Coefficients of an Air in Oil (Wet) Annular Seal, ASME GT2017-63254
  • 2017 Best Paper Award, Structures & Dynamics Committee, ASME IGTI (June 2017) San Andrés, L., Childs, D., and Phillips, S., 2016, “A Water Lubricated Hybrid Thrust Bearing: Measurements and Predictions of Static Load Performance,” ASME GT2016-56349
  • 2014 Outstanding Paper 9th IFToMM International Conference on Rotordynamics, Milan, Italy (1/198 papers) San Andrés, L., Jeung, S.-H, and Bradley, G., 2014, “Dynamic Forced Performance of Short Length Open-Ends Squeeze Film Damper with End Grooves.”
  • 2012 Best Paper Award, Structures & Dynamics Committee, ASME IGTI (June 2013) Ryu, K., and San Andrés, L., 2012, ”Effect of Cooling Flow on The Operation of a Hot Rotor-Gas Foil Bearing System,” ASME J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power, vol. 134 (October), 102511 [ASME paper GT2012-68074]