Contact Information

Mechanical Engineering Department
University of Colorado Denver
1200 Larimer St.
North Classroom Building, RM 3222
Denver, CO 80217

Mailing Address:
Campus Box 112
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217

Phone: 303-556-8516
Fax: 303-556-4744


Peter E. Jenkins is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado at Denver from June, 1992 until January, 2002. He came to Colorado from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he served as Professor and Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department and Director of the Center for Engine Technology. Prior to his appointment in Nebraska, Dr. Jenkins was Professor and Associate Department Head of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University. He conducts research and teaches courses in alternative fuels for diesel and gas turbine engines, energy conversion, fuel cells, basic and applied thermal sciences and all aspects of turbomachinery. Currently, Dr. Jenkins has two research contracts with the Office of Naval Research related to fuel cells and alternative fuels for engines. He also directs the new ME track in Sports Engineering. His industry experience includes serving as Executive Vice President of the Engine Corporation of American in Irvine, California, and Senior Engineer with Texas Instruments in Dallas.

Dr. Jenkins received a BSME from the University of Kansas in 1965, an MSME from SMU in 1969 (while working at Texas Instruments), and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1974. He also obtained an ExMBA from Pepperdine University in 1976 and an IEM from Harvard University in 1994. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as well as a member of several honorary and professional societies including Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Pi Sigma, SAE, AIAA, ASHRAE, and NSPE. He is a registered professional engineer and he was selected as one of fifty participants in the 2000 Leadership Denver program by the Denver Chamber of Commerce. Recently, he was selected as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at both the U.S. Air Force Academy (2004-05) and at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (2002-03). He also recently taught at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland (2007-08).

Research Interests

  • Energy conversion systems
  • Turbomachinery Performance (pumps, compressors, and turbines)
  • Turbomachinery design, analysis, and simulation
  • Engine design, analysis, and simulation
  • Fluid mechanic applications
  • Boundary Layer analysis
  • Turbulence
  • Exergy Analysis
  • Heat Transfer applications
  • High Temperature Materials

Consulting Interests

  • Energy sytems design, analysis, and simulation
  • Turbomachinery and engine design, analysis, and simulation
  • Thermal systems design, analysis, and simulation
  • Performance analysis on any energy conversion device or system
  • High Temperature Materials
  • Technical Marketing and Sales to industry, government, and private companies

Recent Honors and Awards

  • 2008 - Received Letter of Commendation for teaching at the three military academies from the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Gordon England.
  • 2007 - Appointed Visiting Professor, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.
  • 2007 - Selected as a Distinguished Alumni, University of Kansas
  • 2004 - Selected as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy.
  • 2003 - 2003 Received the US Army’s “Commander’s Award for Outstanding Public Service”, from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, May, 2003.