Paul Krueger is a professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Physical Society, and the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1997 from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his M.S. in Aeronautics in 1998 and his Ph.D. in Aeronautics in 2001, both from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He is a recipient of the Rolf D. Buhler Memorial Award in Aeronautics, the Richard Bruce Chapman Memorial Award for distinguished research in Hydrodynamics, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (2004), the ASME North Texas Section Young Engineer of the Year Award (2009), and the Ford Senior Research Fellowship (2012).
Paul’s research spans a range of topics related to fluid flows, including unsteady hydrodynamics and aerodynamics, vortex dynamics, bio-fluid mechanics, bio-morphic propulsion, fluid-boundary and fluid-particle interactions, and fluid processes in additive manufacturing (3D printing). He has done pioneering work related to the physics of squid locomotion, including development of a robotic squid (Robosquid) that was featured in a Science Flash Exhibit at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. He is inventor or co-inventor on four pending and issued patents related to non-traditional propulsion and 3D printing.
Paul has served the Faculty Senate in various capacities, including serving on the Senate Subcommittee on Libraries and Committee on Committees. He has also served as the SMU representative to the Texas Space Grant Consortium and as the SMU United Way Co-Chair. He has worked to advance educational approaches at both the collegiate and pre-college levels, including writing a review for tablet PCs in the online magazine Campus Technology and contributing to an engineering curriculum for middle school students developed by the Infinity Project at the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education in the Lyle School of Engineering.