New Mexico Tech Shock Dynamics Laboratory

Weir Hall 120
Socorro, NM, 87801


fax: 575-835-5209


Michael J. Hargather - Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Weir Hall 120
Socorro, NM 87801


Dr. Michael J. Hargather is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at New Mexico Tech and a Research Scientist at the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC), a research division of New Mexico Tech located adjacent to campus. Dr. Hargather teaches undergraduate classes in thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and heat transfer, as well as graduate classes in compressible flow, combustion, and digital image processing. Dr. Hargather performs research in the development and application of optical techniques to the study of high-speed compressible flows and explosions. His expertise includes explosive characterization, schlieren image velocimetry, rocket propulsion, and general fluid dynamics. Dr. Hargather actively advises undergraduate and graduate students academically and as a research advisor for a range of research projects including theses. Dr. Hargather earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Physics from Penn State Behrend in 2004. Prior to joining the faculty at New Mexico Tech, Dr. Hargather was a research associate and instructor at the Pennsylvania State University.

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The Shock Dynamics Laboratory currently employs 5 graduate students and 3 undergraduate student, plus one undergraduate student volunteer.