Sean Tavares

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Phone: (603) 641-4322
Office: Applied Engineering & Sciences, 88 Commercial Street, RM 103, Manchester, NH 03101

T. Sean Tavares is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program located at the Manchester campus of the University of New Hampshire. He has held this position since the fall of 2014 following more than 20 years of industry experience. His industry experience has included performance testing of compressors and gas turbine engines; vibration and pulsation testing and troubleshooting of rotating machinery, piping, and structures; Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD); fluid dynamic design and analysis of turbomachinery (compressors, turbines, fans and pumps); root cause failure analysis; development of engineering software; and engineering design audits. While in industry he taught a number of professional short courses and seminars to both specialist and non-specialist audiences, and provided personalized technical and software training to industrial clients.

Dr. Tavares holds Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degrees from the M.I.T. Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics.


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests

  • Engineering Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Power & Energy Systems Engineering
  • Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) Education
  • Thermodynamics Engineering

Courses Taught

  • ET 635: Fluid Tech & Heat Transfer Lab
  • ET 635/696: Fluid Tech & Heat Transfer
  • ET 674: Control Sys & Components Lab
  • ET 695: IS/Lab Equipment Management
  • ET 696: Top/Mechanical Engnrng Tech
  • ET 751: Mechanical Engnrg Tech Project

Selected Publications

Aftosmis, M., Gaitonde, D., & Tavares, T. S. (1995). Behavior of linear reconstruction techniques on unstructured meshes. AIAA Journal, 33(11), 2038-2049. doi:10.2514/3.12945

McCune, J. E., & Tavares, T. S. (1993). Perspective: Unsteady Wing Theory—The Ka´rma´n/Sears Legacy. Journal of Fluids Engineering, 115(4), 548-560. doi:10.1115/1.2910179

Tavares, T. S., & McCune, J. E. (1993). Aerodynamics of Maneuvering Slender Wings with Leading-Edge Separation. AIAA Journal, 31(6), 977-986. doi:10.2514/3.49043

Most Cited Publications