The Catholic University of America

A. Wolfe, Ph.D., P.E.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering
(202) 319-5170 phone
(202) 319-5173 fax


B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1985

M.S.E. in Engineering Management, The Catholic University of America, 1992

M.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering, The Catholic University of America, 1996

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, The Catholic University of America, 2001


Adjunct Assistant Professor Wolfe teaches graduate level mechanical and environmental engineering courses in the Mechanical Engineer Department at The Catholic University of America. Dr. Wolfe teaches Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning (HVAC) - Design and Analysis, Energy Conservation and HVAC, Combustion and Incineration, Combustion and Waste Management, Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science. Further, he teaches undergraduate thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.  Also, Dr. Wolfe is a full time, permanent, supervisory engineer with the federal government. He leads and manages utility engineering and management studies, planning, design, construction, and operation and maintenance functions. He served as an environmental engineer with the United States Navy for approximately six years. Dr. Wolfe has over thirty-two (32) years of experience as a professional mechanical and environmental engineer with the federal government.

Representative Publications

Wolfe, Adam K. “Evaluating Chilled-Water Storage for District Cooling Systems”. Heating, Piping, and Air Conditioning Engineering, pp 18 - 27, Vol. 89, No. 5, May 2017

Wolfe, A.K. and S. Nieh, “Boxcar Model for Teaching Convection and HVAC Topics”, 2014 Education and STEM International Conference (, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2014.

Wolfe, A.K. and S. Nieh, “A Conceptual Model for Understanding Convective Heat Transfer”, International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, pp. 179 - 187, Vol. 41, No. 3, July 2013.

Wolfe, Adam K. “Over Estimating Energy Savings and Costs of Installing Variable Speed Drives”.  ASHRAE Journal, pp 16 - 21, Vol. 57, No. 7, July 2014.

Wolfe, Adam K. “Position Paper: Building 34 Chiller Plant Type”. The National Institute of Health, 2011

Fratangelo, J., Leifer, G. and Wolfe, A. K. Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Training Video (, Department of Energy, 2010


Wolfe, A.K. An Experimental and Theoretical Investigation to Develop a New Understanding of Convective Heat Transfer, UMI Dissertation Publishing, 2001