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Robert J. Wilkens


Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Office of the Dean, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering


Email: Robert Wilkens

Selected Publications

  • Wilkens, R. J., & Comfort, K. K. (2016). Getting a tenure-track faculty position at a teaching-centered research university. Chemical Engineering Education, 50, 255-261.
  • Narvaez, J. A., Thornburg, H., Rumpfkeil, M. P., & Wilkens, R. J. (2014). Computational modeling of a microchannel cold plate: Pressure, velocity, and temperature profiles. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 78, 90-98.
  • Narvaez, J. A., Veydt, A. R., & Wilkens, R. J. (2014). Evaluation of nanofluids as potential novel coolant for aircraft applications:  The case of de-ionized water-based alumina nanofluids. ASME Journal of Heat Transfer 136.
  • Athmer, C. J., & Wilkens, R. J. (2014). Desalination of field soil using radial electromigration and electroosmosis. ASCE Journal of Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste 18, 83-86.
  • Athmer, C. J., Ruef, C., Jones, T. J., & Wilkens, R. J. (2012, January). Desalination of kaolin soil using radial electromigration and electroosmosis. Journal of Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste 17, 16-20.
  • Sarica, C., Zhang, H. Q., & Wilkens, R. J. (2011). Sensitivity of slug flow mechanistic models on slug length. Journal of Energy Resources Technology 133, 043001-1-043001-6.
  • Krane, C., Pinnell, M., Gardner, C., Thompson, M., Coleman, J., & Wilkens, R. (2011, July). Mechanical test methods for assessing porcine carotid and uterine artery burst pressure following ex-vivo ultrasonic ligature seal and transection. ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation 39, 103120.
  • Narvaez, J. A., Gschwender, L. J., Snyder, C. E., & Wilkens, R. J. (2010). Measuring the thermal conductivity of nanofluids using three different techniques. Proc. of ITCC/ITES, Thermal Conductivity 30, Thermal Expansion 18, 857-867.
  • Wilkens, R. J., & Thomas, D. K. (2008). A simple technique for determining slug frequency using differential pressure. Journal of Energy Resources Technology 130, 014501.
  • Wilkens, R. J., & Thomas, D. K. (2007). Multiphase drag reduction: Effect of eliminating slugs. International Journal of Multiphase Flow 33, 134-146.
  • Mokhatab, S., Wilkens, R. J., & Leontaritis, K. J. (2007). A review of strategies for solving gas hydrate problems in subsea pipelines. Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects 29, 39-45.
  • Wilkens, R. J., Thomas, D. K., & Glassmeyer, S. R. (2006). Surfactant use for slug flow pattern suppression and new flow pattern types in a horizontal pipe. Journal of Fluids Engineering 128, 164-169.
  • Wilkens, R. J., Miller, J. D., Plummer, J. R., Dietz, D. C., & Myers, K. J. (2005). New techniques for measuring and modeling cavern dimensions in a Bingham plastic fluid. Chemical Engineering Science 60, 5269-5275.
  • Wilkens, R. J., & Ciric, A. R. (2005). Making room for group work I: Teaching engineering in a modern classroom setting. Chemical Engineering Education 39, 164-168.
  • Wilkens, R. J., Henry, C. S., & Gates, L. E. (2003, May). Scale-up of mixing processes in non-Newtonian power-law fluids. Chemical Engineering Progress.
  • Wilkens, R. J. (2002). Flow assurance. In Fluid Flow Handbook, ed. J. Saleh, chapter 29. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Wilkens, R. J., & Flach, L. (2001). An algorithm for determining the uncertainty of complex multiphase flow models. Paper 13151, Proc. Offshore Technology Conference (SPE/AIChE), in Houston, Texas.
  • Mueller, J. B., Wilkens, R. J., & Wade, K. (2001). Developing a wax-deposition simulator through operator/vendor cooperation. Paper 13076, Proc. Offshore Technology Conference (SPE/AIChE), in Houston, Texas.
  • Hudson, J. D., Dykhno, L. A., Lorimer, S. E., Schoppa, D. W., & Wilkens, R. J. (2000). Flow assurance for subsea wells. Paper 11968, Proc. Offshore Technology Conference (SPE/AIChE), in Houston, Texas.
  • Kang, C., Wilkens, R. J., & Jepson, W. P. (1996). The effect of slug frequency on corrosion in high-pressure, inclined pipelines. Paper 20, Proc. Corrosion 96 (NACE), in Houston, Texas.

Past Work Experience and Selected Consulting

  • Shell Oil Company
  • Cargill
  • Goodrich
  • ReyNo Inc
  • Terran
  • OPE

Courses Taught


  • CME 201 Material Balances
  • CME 203 Material & Energy Balances
  • CME 204 Experimental Methods
  • CME 281 Chemical Engineering Computations
  • CME 324 Transport Phenomena I
  • CME 325 Transport Phenomena II
  • CME 326L Transport Phenomena Laboratory
  • CME 452 Process Control
  • CME 465 Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer
  • CME 466L Unit Operations Laboratory


  • CME 522 Multiphase Pipe Flow
  • CME 523 Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems
  • CME 586 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering


  • M.B.A., University of Dayton, 2010
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Ohio University, 1997
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Dayton, 1993
  • B.Ch.E., Chemical Engineering, University of Dayton, 1992

Professional Activities

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Society of Engineering Educators
  • Chemical Engineering Honor Society
  • Sigma Xi
  • Order of the Engineer

Research Interests

  • Fluid mechanics, including agitation and pipe flow
  • Multiphase flow (thermal and hydraulic)
  • Non-Newtonian agitation
  • Oil and gas production flow assurance