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Robert Bittle

Associate Professor Direct: 817.257.7677
BS Oklahoma State University Mechanical Engineering MS Purdue University Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Iowa State University Mechanical Enineering


Robert Bittle has been a member of the Department of Engineering at TCU since August 15, 1994. He received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1980, a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Purdue University in 1983, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. From 1983 and 1990, Robert worked for General Electric Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati, Ohio as a turbine cooling systems engineer. Professor Bittle is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.

Professor Bittle’s teaching interests broadly cover the thermal sciences. He has developed and teaches TCU’s Engineering courses in thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermal systems design, and the thermal systems laboratory course. In recent years, Professor Bittle has been the faculty advisor to one of the Senior Design projects during the academic year.

Research Interests

  • Thermal science topics related to HVAC and refrigeration systems and components
  • Two-phase flow modeling
  • Internal combustion engines
  • Heat transfer topics