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Dr. Houston G. Wood is Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. He received his B.A. and M.S. in mathematics from Mississippi State University and his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Virginia. Since 2009, he is Director of the Applied Mathematics Program in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and since 2012 he is Director of the Rotating Machinery and Controls Laboratory. He worked on the United States’ gas centrifuge development program at both the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant and the University of Virginia. He has organized three International Workshops on Separation Phenomena in Liquids and Gases, and, in conjunction with the Institute of Science and International Security, he organized two workshops at the University of Virginia on Nuclear Non-proliferation Verification. He has held visiting positions at Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique, Saclay, France, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton, New Jersey.

He has been a leader in the Northeast Chapter of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), where he has served as Member-at-Large, Vice President, President, and Past President. He is active in the International Safeguards Division of INMM, and he helped organize an INMM Workshop on State Level Concept at the University of Virginia. He has been elected Fellow of INMM.


B.S. ​Mathematics, Mississippi State University, 1965

M.S. ​​Mathematics, Mississippi State University, 1967

Ph.D. ​Applied Mathematics, University of Virginia, 1978

"My research in nuclear non-proliferation related to safeguards for uranium enrichment plants has the goal of reducing the spread of nuclear weapons."

Houston Wood Professor

Research Interests

Rotating Machinery
Fluid Mechanics
Science, Technology and Society

Selected Publications

Axial flow blood pumps. Journal ASAIO journal, Volume 49. 2003/7/. Xinwei Song, Amy L Throckmorton, Alexandrina Untaroiu, Sonna Patel, Paul E Allaire, Houston G Wood, Don B Olsen.

Courses Taught

Fluid Mechanics I & II
Advanced Aerodynamics
Computational Methods for Aerospace Engineers
Science & International security
Ordinary Differential Equations
Linear Algebra
Engineering Math I & II
Fluid Mechanics I & II
Boundary Layer Theory
Hydrodynamic Stability
Rotating Flows