Jason Roney

Jason A Roney

Teaching Professor

What I do

Hello, I am Dr. Jason Roney, and I teach and do research at the University of Denver (DU) as a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Currently, I teach courses on Aerospace Engineering Topics, Energy Systems, Thermodynamics, and Modeling and Simulation. In addition, I teach the Engineering Scientific Discovery (EngSciD) courses for non-majors that satisfy the SI-NPW requirement in which we explore engineering topics of discovery related to missions to Mars in a three course sequence ending in a design project. I have also taught courses in Fluid Mechanics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Viscous Flow, and the Mechanical Engineering Capstone Lab. I am also active in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering program at DU and advise undergraduate research in these three main NAE Grand Challenges: “Develop Carbon Sequestration Methods”, “Prevent Nuclear Terror”, and “Provide Access to Clean Water”. I am also on the KEEN (Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network) Leadership Team at DU in which the Entrepreneurial Mindset is being introduced into teaching pedagogies at DU and within my courses.


Aerospace Engineering, Energy Systems, Modeling and Simulation, Wind Tunnels, Environmental Modeling, KEEN, NAE Grand Challenges, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Professional Biography

Dr. Roney is currently a Teaching Associate Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Dr. Roney joined the University of Denver (DU) in Autumn 2014. Prior to joining DU, Dr. Roney held both industry and academic positions.

Dr. Roney was a Senior Research Engineer/Scientist at Exelis/ITT from 2007-2014 where he worked primarily on DoD research related to modeling and simulation of CBRN (Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear) Defense. Projects involved such topics as atmospheric transport and dispersion, CFD analysis, and aircraft hardness analysis. Research sponsors included the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) , Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center (ECBC), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and ITT Internal Research and Development (IRAD).

Dr. Roney was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) from 2002-2007. Dr. Roney taught courses in undergraduate fluid mechanics, mechanical engineering lab, and graduate fluid mechanics (CFD, Viscous Flow, and Environmental Fluid Dynamics). In addition, Dr. Roney worked on research in such areas as air quality modeling, Near Space wind modeling, wind energy, and boundary layers. Research sponsors included NASA, NISSC (AFOSR), USAFA (AFOSR), Air Force Space Command, and the Army Space Battle Lab.

Dr. Roney worked at Sonoma Technology, Inc., from 2001-2002 as a modeler and atmospheric modeler simulating ground-level ozone and particulate matter for various air quality district clients.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of California at Davis, 2001
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University, 1997
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1994

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • American Meteorological Soceity
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Air and Waste Management Association


The majority of my current research is focused on Modeling and Simulation of Engineering Applications of Multiphase Flows, Wind Engineering, Space Applications, and Learning and Teaching Styles in Engineering Education.

Areas of Research

Environmental Fluid Dynamics
Atmospheric Modeling
Air Quality Modeling
Multiphase Flows
Planetary Atmospheres including Near Space Environments
Wind and Renewable Energy
Learning and Teaching Styles in Engineering Education