The Catholic University of America


Eric M. Kommer, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering
(202) 319-5343 phone
(202) 319-5173 fax



B.S., Mechanical Engineering, United States Naval Academy, 2003

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, 2003

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, 2013


Eric Kommer’s research interests include the thermal sciences, specifically measurement and analysis of multi-phase heat transfer.  Applications for current multi-phase heat transfer research ranges from operating nuclear power stations to future space applications.  Dr. Kommer has experience using novel infrared techniques to measure various heat transfer phenomena as well as nuclear industry consulting work.  Prior to earning his Ph.D., Dr. Kommer served as a Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer with the U.S. Navy onboard aircraft carriers and guided missile cruisers.  His teaching experience includes 3 years as an Adjunct Professor and Instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy.   He is also a registered professional engineer in the state of Maryland.

Representative Publications

Kim, T. H., Kommer, E.M. Dessiatoun, S., Kim, J. “Measurement of two-phase flow and heat transfer parameters using infrared thermometry.” International Journal of Multiphase Flow. Vol 40, pp 56-67.  2012.

Kommer, E.M., Dessiatoun, S., Kim, J., Kim, T.H., Solotych, V.  “Investigation of Multiphase Heat Transfer in Microgravity via Infrared Thermometry.”  Proceedings of the ASME 2012 Summer Heat Transfer Conference.  July 2012.

Kommer, E.M, Puzinauskas, P.V., Buckley, S.G. “The fluid dynamics of a miniature dilution tunnel for internal-combustion engine aerosol measurement.”  Experimental Fluid and Thermal Sciences. Vol 32, pp 475-488.  2007.