New Mexico Tech Shock Dynamics Laboratory

Weir Hall 120
Socorro, NM, 87801


fax: 575-835-5209


Michael J. Hargather - Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Weir Hall 120
Socorro, NM 87801


Dr. Michael J. Hargather is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at New Mexico Tech. He is also 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. He also teaches graduate classes in compressible flow, combustion, and explosives. Dr. Hargather performs research in the development and application of optical techniques to the study of high-speed compressible flows and explosions. His expertise also includes explosive characterization, computational simulation of energetic materials, schlieren image velocimetry, and general fluid dynamics. Dr. Hargather actively advises undergraduate and graduate students performing a range of research projects. 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 Pennsylvania State University.

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The Shock Dynamics Laboratory currently has 4 graduate students and 2 undergraduate student working together.


  • Stewart Youngblood, successfully defended July 2015, accepted a job with Holloman Air Force Base
  • Michael Shattuck, graduated May 2015, accepted a job with NSWC Indian Head
  • Cynthia Romo, graduated October 2014, accepted a job with China Lake
  • Jesse Tobin, graduated September 2014, accepted a job with China Lake
  • Megan Tribble, graduated May 2014, accepted a job with Sandia National Laboratories