School of Engineering

Anthony Wheeler, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Retired)

Discipline: Thermodynamics
Anthony Wheeler


  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford, 1971
  • Engineer Mechanical Engineering, Stanford, 1968
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford, 1964
  • B.S., with distinction, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford, 1963


Dr. Wheeler's areas of specialization include fluid mechanics, heat transfer, instrumentation and experimental methods.

He graduated from Stanford University in 1963 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked briefly at North American Aviation in Downey, CA. where he performed analysis of aerodynamic heating on the Apollo spacecraft. He returned to Stanford where he completed a Master's degree in 1964. From 1964 to 1966 he worked for the Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington where he performed research on compact heat exchangers for use in small gas turbine engines. In 1966, he returned to Stanford where he continued research on compact heat exchangers and completed an Engineer's degree in 1968. He then continued on at Stanford, performing research in fluid mechanics, and obtained a Ph.D. in 1971. He continued research in fluid mechanics at NASA for two years and in 1974 went to work at General Electric on safety aspects of nuclear power reactors. After leaving General Electric in 1979, he continued working on safety aspects of nuclear power reactors at Science Applications Inc. and the Electric Power Research Institute. In 1982, he came to San Francisco State as an engineering faculty member. Since arriving at SFSU, he has written a major computer program used to evaluate unsteady fluid mechanics in complicated piping systems and an engineering textbook on engineering experimentation.

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