Brian Ritchie is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University.  He joined the Ohio State faculty in 2018 after years of teaching outside of academia.  He is a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Ritchie received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He also received his MS in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He is a proud Ohio State alumnus having earned his BS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from The Ohio State University.



Courses taught:

  • Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
  • Heat Transfer
  • Helicopter Aerodynamics
  • Advanced Space Propulsion
  • Experimental Projects 1 & 2 (capstone series)




  • Planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) of acetone for jet mixing measurements
  • Planar laser-induced phosphorescence (PLIP) of acetone for droplet sizing and velocity
  • Various laser diagnostics using a variety of types of lasers and cameras
  • Winner of the AIAA Martin Summerfield Propellants and Combustion Graduate Award



  • As a clinical faculty member, Ritchie is not currently running his own laboratory
  • Participating in compressible dynamic stall research with Prof. James Gregory at the Aerospace Research Center (ARC)