About Me: Timothy Andrew Barber, B.S.M.E., M.S.A.E.

About me:

I am currently 30 years old living in Knoxville, TN. I was born and raised in Nashville, TN where I lived for approximately 23 years. My parents, my wife's parents, and many friends still live in Nashville so I frequently visit my hometown. I graduated high school in 2001 from David Lipscomb where I attended since 1st grade. I spent my first two years of undergraduate education at Lipscomb University studying Engineering Mechanics. In 2003 I transferred to Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN (about 80 miles east of Nashville). I graduated from TTU in 2006 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Since the fall of 2006 I have attended the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma, TN next to the Arnold Engineering Development Center where there are aerospace testing facilities. I spent two years living in Manchester, TN (nearby) commuting until the summer of 2008 when I moved to Knoxville to live with my wife as she began her veterinary medicine degree at the UT campus after she graduated from Middle Tennessee State University. I now commute to Tullahoma (about 3 hrs) occasionally since most of my research can be done long distance. I graduated May 2012 with a Master's and plan to finish my PhD in Aerospace Engineering in the Summer of 2013.

I have also lived in Huntsville, AL where I spent 6 months in 2006 with relatives.  While in Huntsville, I worked at the Redstone Army Base as a Mechanical Trade Helper where I assisted technicians who maintained and installed security systems around the base. I have also lived in Cookeville, TN (2 and 1/2 yrs), and I am familiar with Mufreesboro, TN and Tullahoma, TN.

General Interest:

My interest include general science, history, and mathematics, art (oil painting), working out (exercise and weight training), gardening/landscaping, computers, sports, urban development, electronics, aerospace, mechanical, and general engineering.

Research Interest:

Specifically my research and interests contain and involve hypersonic vehicle technologies, modeling inviscid, viscous (laminar, turbulent, and boundary layers), incompressible, and compressible (subsonic, supersonic, hypersonic) flows, analytical and computer/numeric models, perturbation methods, asymptotic models/analysis, special functions, and modeling internal and external fluid dynamic flows.

Master's Topic:

My master's degree thesis topic is over hypersonic vehicle technology. It encompasses a survey taking into account many subtopics and historical marks.

PhD Topic:

My PhD degree dissertation topic is over modeling fluid dynamic.  I hope to have a range of solutions and models, but my main focus is on internal flows through different geometries. The fluid flows are with and without swirl. This topic begins with investigating the Bragg-Hawthorne-Squire-Long Equation and expands to general stream function analyses.


  • Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN, 2001 - 2003, Engineering Mechanics, no degree obtained
  • Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, 2003 - 2006, BS Mechanical Engineering
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (University of Tennessee Space Institute, Tullahoma, TN), 2006 - 2012, MS Aerospace Engineering
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (University of Tennessee Space Institute, Tullahoma, TN), 2006 - expected graduation Summer 2013, PhD Aerospace Engineering