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Andrew Foley, Ph.D., P.E.

Educated at Sussex University, U.K., Dr. Foley worked for Lucas Aerospace and then worked for two years as an accountant in the City of London. Finally he returned to engineering and completed his Ph.D. at Cranfield University before working as a Senior Engineer and then an engineering manager with ALSTOM Power. Dr. Foley then worked as a consulting engineer with Rolls Royce (UK) and BMW (Berlin). In 1999, Dr. Foley changed tracks by becoming an associate professor and aerospace program manager at Coventry University (UK). He then moved to the U.S. in 2001 and began teaching, first at St Martins University (WA), and then at Ohio University, before finally coming to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2005.


  • P.G.C.E. (Post Grad Teaching Certificate) Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Coventry University (1999)
  • Ph.D. Turbomachinery and Engineering Mechanics, Cranfield University, UK (1996)
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Sussex University,UK (1988)

Courses Taught:

  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design
  • Senior Capstone Design
  • Directed Studies

Selected Publications and Presentations:

  • A.C.Foley and P.C.Ivey, (1994) Measurement of tip clearance flow in a multistage, axial flow compressor, ASME 94-GT—431
  • A.C.Foley and P.C.Ivey, (1996) 3D Laser transit measurements of the tip clearance vortex in a compressor rotor blade row ASME 96-GT-506
  • A.C.Foley (1996). Tip clearance flows in axial flow compressors. PhD Thesis, Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedford, UK (1996)
  • A.C.Foley, (2001) On the performance of gas turbine secondary air systems. ASME 2001-GT-0199
  • A.C.Foley, (2004) A unique sub 5kW solid oxide fuel cell/heat engine hybrid generator. American Chemical Society, Division of Fuel Cell Chemistry, PA , (2004)
  • A.C.Foley, (2004) Feasibility of a 5kW solid oxide fuel cell/Stirling engine hybrid generator, Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Futures, Perth, Australia, Sept (2004)
  • A.C. Foley (2006) Applying the ‘catch all’ general control volume and the Reynolds transport equation to improve thermodynamic instruction.. ASEE National Convention,Chicago 2006.
  • A.C.Foley (2006) Alternative energy and the numbers problem. A tourists guide. ASME Chicago 2006. Session presentation.
  • A.C.Foley(2007) Big picture, rational, engineering design methodology. ASEE 2007 National convention , Hawaii
  • A.C.Foley(2007) Escape from Carnot : A new way to introduce the mysterious property, entropy. ASEE 2007 National convention, Hawaii
  • A.C.Foley (2007) Bridging the Entropy Chasm!. IMECE2007- 42723 To be presented at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. November 11, 2007 Seattle Washington

Awarded Grants:

  • Adrezin, R., Burns, K., Freeman, R., and Russell, J. (2012). DOD Systems Engineering Grant – RT19A to support integrating systems engineering into capstone projects – Senior Personnel: A. Foley, R. Hartnett, and S. Zelmanowitz: Department of Defense.


  • Order of the Engineer (2001)
  • Outstanding faculty award, St Martins College, 2002 (Student nominated)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, U.K (Presented by Prince Phillip, 1985)
  • Norfolk Scholar (1985)

Professional Memberships:

  • P.E. Professional Engineer, Licensed in Connecticut and Washington State
  • Chartered Mechanical Engineer in U.K.

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