Mourtos, Nikos J

Nikos Mourtos

Professor and Chair, Aerospace Engineering




Preferred: (408) 924-3867


Engr 272A

San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, California 95192-0085


  • Ph.D. Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering (1987), Stanford University.
  • ENGINEER Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering (1983), Stanford University.
  • M.S. Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering (1982), Stanford University.
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering (1980), University of Patras, Greece.


Dr. Mourtos has taught courses in

  • Aerospace Engineering: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering, Aerodynamics, Gas Dynamics, Propulsion, Aircraft Design,
  • Mechanical Engineering: Mechanics, Dynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer,
  • General Engineering: Introduction to Engineering, Problem-Based, Integrated, Calculus, Physics, and Engineering
  • General Education: From Insects to Jumbo-Jets: the Science of Flight.

He served as the Faculty Instructional Development Coordinator for the College of Engineering (1996-2002), a Faculty-in-Residence for Innovative Pedagogy (1998-2002) and the Assistant Director for the Center for Faculty Development and Support at SJSU (2006-2008).  He offers teaching effectiveness workshops on topics such as active and cooperative learning, teaching and learning styles, conditions of learning, instructional design, course and program assessment.  He is a trained ABET Program Evaluator and serves as a consultant to engineering programs in the U.S. and abroad. He served as the Program Assessment Coordinator for the Aerospace (2002 - 2011) and Mechanical (2002 - 2006) engineering programs at SJSU culminating in successful ABET visits in 2005 and 2011.  His responsibilities included the design and implementation of a process for assessing the effectiveness of these programs according to ABET 2000 EC requirements.


  • Athens Institute for Education & Research (ATINER): Head, Mechanical Engineering Research Unit
  • American Society for Engineering Education(ASEE)
  • American Institute for Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Society of Automotive Engineering International (SAE)
  • Professional & Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD)
  • Academic Accreditation Unit, College of Engineering, King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia

Faculty Advisor

SJSU Student Chapter of Sigma Gamma Tau 
Aerospace Engineering Honor Society



Faculty Member, Ed.D. Leadership Program

Advising during the summer: Email for appointment