COL Bret P. VanPoppel, Ph.D

Professor and Department Head

Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Colonel Bret P. Van Poppel serves as Professor, USMA (PUSMA) and Department Head. He serves as Head Officer Representative for the Army West Point Men’s Swimming and Diving teams. His research interests include experimental fluid mechanics, computational modeling of energy sciences, engineering education, and technical communications for engineers. Colonel Van Poppel served as the United States Military Academy Liaison Officer to Headquarters, Department of the Army, from August 2019 to December 2020, responsible for establishing relationships between USMA and the Army Secretariat and Army Staff, providing insight into the Army’s priorities and direction, and creating opportunities for the Academy to partner with and support Army organizations and objectives. From July 2010 – October 2011, he served as Deputy Director and Assessment Quality Officer, Afghanistan Assessment Group, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Colonel Van Poppel commissioned an Infantry officer in 1992, with notable assignment as a Platoon Leader in 2-75th Ranger and Rifle Company Commander in B/1-506th IN.

Publications & Presentations

Davidson, F.T., Helmer, d., Parker, C., Cox, L., Kahn, K, Elkins, C., Clark, J.P., Humbert, N. Van Poppel, B.P., Benson, M.J. “Detailed Velocity and Heat Transfer Measurements of an Advanced Insert for Impingement Cooling.” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer

Doshi, P., Fuhrman, G., Moser, D., Benson, M.J., Van Poppel, B.P., Elkins, C.J., Bankow, A., Brown, “Three-Dimensional Velocity and Concentration Measurements of Contaminant Release In A Scaled Urban Array.” ASME 2021 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition IMECE2021 November 1-4, 2021, Virtual, Online.

Cooper, M., Bindon, D., Duhaime, B, Woodings, R., Helmer, D., Benson, M., Van Poppel, B., and Elkins, C. “Detailed Velocity and Heat Transfer Measurements in an Advanced Gas Turbine Vane Insert Using Magnetic Resonance Velocimetry and Infrared Thermometry” ASME. J. Turbomach. February 2022; 144(2): 021009.

Owkes, M., Benson, M., Elkins, C., Wilde, N., Van Poppel, B. “Three-dimensional Velocity and Concentration Measurements and Simulations of a Scaled Jack Rabbit II Mock Urban Array.” Atmospheric Environment. 233 (2020): 117520.

Benson, M., Van Poppel, B., Elkins, C. and Owkes, M. “Three Dimensional Velocity And Temperature Field Measurements Of Internal And External Turbine Blade Features Using Magnetic Resonance Thermometry.” Journal of Turbomachinery 135.3 (2019): 031018.