Paul Anders Erickson, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Electric and Hybrid Drive Vehicles
  • Fuel Cell Vehicles and Power Systems
  • Hydrogen Production and Utilization
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Solar Energy Utilization
Graduate Group TTP


Professor Paul Erickson joined the faculty of the University of California at Davis in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department in 2002. He is currently a tenured Associate Professor at UC Davis and teaches courses in Thermodynamics, Internal Combustion Engines, Advanced Energy Conversion Systems, and Instrumentation.

He is an executive committee member of the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis). He serves on International Review Panels regarding Hydrogen Systems and Fuel Cell and Vehicle Technology. The emphasis of his research is on energy conversion and hydrogen production for both future vehicles and stationary power applications. He has published his research work in many technical journals and conferences.

He and his wife are raising 6 children (ages 15-5) and are active in the homeschooling community. He is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys traveling, photography, backpacking, long distance bicycle riding, and fencing. He rode his bicycle from Los Angeles to New York City in 1994 and completed the Ironman Triathlon (Full Vineman in Healdsburg CA) in 2007. Additionally, he serves as a volunteer Assistant Coach for the Woodland Marauders Fencing team and as a volunteer ecclesiastical leader for the young single adults of his church in the Davis area.

EME 163 Internal Combustion Engines and Future Alternatives (4)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: grade of C- or better in course 106. Fundamentals of internal combustion engine design and performance. Future needs to adapt to environmental concerns, and the feasibility of better alternatives in the future.


MAE 211 Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Engineering 103, 105 and Mechanical Engineering 165 or the equivalent. Design aspects of selected topics; heat conduction, fins; heat transport in ducts, boundary layers and separated flows; heat exchangers.


MAE 269 Fuel Cell Systems (4)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: Mechanical Engineering 106, 107, 165, or equivalent, or consent of instructor; graduate or junior/senior undergraduate as a technical elective. Basics of electrochemistry and fuel cell engines in mobile and stationary applications. Aspects of fuel cell energy converters and their subsystems including practice with existing fuel cell and hydrogen systems on campus.


TTP 210 Fundamentals of Transportation Technology (4)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor; Mathematics 21A, 21B, 22A; graduate or junior/senior undergraduate as a technical elective.

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