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James Evans Lyne

Clinical Associate Professor


Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Science Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Staff Physician, Emergency Department, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, TN

Research Scientist, Eloret Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, CA

Project Engineer, Calspan Corporation, USAF Arnold Engineering Development Center, Tullahoma, Tennessee


  • Planning of advanced space missions, particularly manned missions to Mars
  • Atmospheric entry of both natural and man-made bodies
  • Hypersonic aerodynamics
  • Meteor entry physics
  • Three-dimensional protein structure
  • Protein crystal growth and protein crystallography
  • Physiology of human space flight


PhD, 1991, North Carolina State University

MD, 1987, Vanderbilt University

BSME 1981, Vanderbilt University

Professional Service

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Advisor to the UT AIAA Student Chapter
  • Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Technical Committee and HyTASP Committee
  • Technical reviewer for The Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets & for Planetary and Space Science

Awards and Recognitions

Pi Tau Sigma Excellence in Teaching Award, 2017


Nick Quigley and James Evans Lyne. "Development of a Three-Dimensional Printed, Liquid-Cooled Nozzle for a Hybrid Rocket Motor,” Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 30, No. 6 (2014), pp. 1726-1727. doi: 10.2514/1.B35455

Investigation of Titan Aerogravity Assist for Capture into Orbit About Saturn, Philip Ramsey and James Evans Lyne, The Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 43, No. 1, Jan. 2006.

A Parametric Study of Aerocapture for Missions to Venus, Scott Craig, James Evans Lyne, The AIAAJournal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 42, No. 6, Nov.-Dec. 2005, pp.1035-1038.

First steps in the Development of Non-Toxic, Bio-derived Fuels for Hybrid Rocket Motors, J.E. Lyne, V.I. Naumov, Josh Scoles, et al, AIAA Paper 2005-0741, presented at the 43rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, Nevada, January 2005

Thermodynamic Properties of Air to 100,000 Atmospheres and 100,000K, Thames, C., Kelly, D. and Lyne, J.E, The AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 127-128, 2001.

Critical Need for a Swingby Return Option for Early Manned Mars Missions, Lyne, J.E. and Townsend, Lawrence, The AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 35, No. 6, pp. 855-56, Dec. 1998.

A Computer Model of the Atmospheric Trajectory of the Tunguska Object, Lyne, J.E., Tauber, M.E., and Fought, R.M., Planetary and Space Science, Vol. 46, No. 2/3, pp. 245-252, Feb./March 1998.

An Extension of Curve Fits for the Thermodynamic Properties of Equilibrium Air to 30,000 K and 1000 Atmospheres Pressure, Fought, R., Gupta, R. and Lyne, J.E., The AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 126-27, Jan. 1997.

An Analytical Model of the Atmospheric Entry of Large Meteors and its Application to the Tunguska Event, Lyne, J.E., Tauber, M.E., and Fought, R.M., The Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 101, No. E10, pp. 23207-23212, 1996.

The Tunguska Event, Lyne, J.E. and Tauber, M.E., Nature, Vol. 375, No. 6533, pp. 638-639, 1995.

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