Aldredge, Ralph


1985 Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering and French, Carnegie-Mellon University
1988 Master of Arts, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University
1990 Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University


Dr. Aldredge is a Professor in the department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at UC Davis. He performs research and advises graduate students in the areas of combustion, fluid dynamics and bio-transport, with a focus on bio-fluid dynamics (vascular blood flow) and on front propagation both in biological tissue (avascular-tumor dynamics) and in reacting gaseous mixtures (flame propagation). He has developed computational algorithms and software for simulation and analysis of flame propagation, including an iPhone/iPad application (the Level-Set app).


Professor Aldredge serves as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Engineering. He has a long history of service in undergraduate education at the department, college, campus and system-wide levels. In 2008, he served as faculty assistant to the dean for undergraduate studies. He later chaired the academic-senate committee on admissions and enrollment, and he played an integral role in designing the UC Davis holistic-review freshman admissions policy implemented in 2011. He has served also as chair of the UC Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS, 2014-2016), which develops and reviews system-wide freshman and transfer admissions policies for approval by the UC Board of Regents. His contribution to graduate-student education includes service as the MAE Graduate Advisor for Admissions (2001-2003).

Ralph Aldredge

Ralph C. Aldredge, PhD, PE

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
2090 Bainer Hall
Davis, CA 95616-5294