Robert L. McMasters, Ph.D., P.E.

Here are some things I’m working on:

VMI Classes

This area provides information for VMI cadets and is the home of the "Photo of the Week".

Engine Research  

VMI cadets are performing Dynomometer tests on internal combustion engines burning bio-based fuels.

Parameter Estimation  

This is the field of fitting mathematical models to measured data, usually in pursuit of finding one or more unknown parameters.

The Fish Project  

This project, involving several professors at Michigan State University, includes work on comparing experimental data from our mechanical fish to mathematical models which describe underwater performance.

Exact Solutions for Heat Conduction  

This project involves eight researchers from the US, Italy and Brazil working together to develop a database of analytical solutions to heat conduction problems.

FDA Work  

Modeling the growth of microbiological organisms, such as Listeria, has been something I have done, with funding from the US Food and Drug Administration.

Personal Background  

Here’s a link to information about my background, family and outside interests.




This statue honors VMI Professor Matthew Fontaine Maury, "Pathfinder of the Seas", for whom Maury-Brooke Hall at VMI is named as well as Maury Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Contact Information:
717 Nichols Engineering Building
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, Va. 24450
Phone: 540-464-7308
Fax: 540-464-7663
Home: 540-941-2479