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Dr John Blanton

Owner and Chief Engineer,
Classic Engineering, LLC

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Classic Engineering, LLC

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Bio

Dr. Blanton is Owner and Chief Engineer of Classic Engineering, LLC, a provider of technical education and consulting services in gas turbine technologies. He also is a Teaching Associate with Practical Aeronautics, Inc. In 2016 he retired after 36 years with GE, having spent most of his career in the gas turbine field (both aircraft and power generation), specializing in heat transfer and secondary air systems design and analysis. He earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. He also has been an Instructor or Adjunct Professor at Virginia Tech, Union College, and the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Blanton is an active member and passionate supporter of ASME and AIAA and a Fellow of both organizations.

Professional Interest

  • Gas Turbine Engines
  • General Propulsion & Energy
  • History

University

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Education

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
Doctor of Philosophy, 1981
Mechanical Engineering
1977 To 1981
Dissertation: An Investigation of Residual Fuel Oil Ash Deposit Formation and Removal in Cooled Gas Turbine Nozzles
Advisor: Dr. W. F. O'Brien, Jr.

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
Master of Science, 1977
Mechanical Engineering
1976 To 1977
Dissertation: Design of a Wind-Powered Cooling System for an Apple Storage Facility
Advisor: Dr. H. L. Moses

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
Bachelor of Science, 1976
Mechanical Engineering
1972 To 1976

Job History

Practical Aeronautics, Inc.
Teaching Associate
Aurora, CO, United States
September 2019 - present

Classic Engineering, LLC
Owner and Chief Engineer
Simpsonville, United States
May 2016 - present

General Electric Company
Engineer
Greenville, SC, United States
January 2008 - April 2016

General Electric Company
Engineer
Cincinnati, OH, United States
March 1987 - January 2008

General Electric Company
Engineer
Schenectady, NY, United States
August 1981 - March 1987

General Electric Company
Engineer
Schenectady, NY, United States
December 1978 - January 1980

Honors and Awards

Dedicated Service Award
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
2012

Distinguished Service Award
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
2008

Fellow
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
2002

Fellow
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
2013

Society of Distinguished Alumni
Virginia Tech Department of Mechanical Engineering
2019

Sustained Service Award
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
2003

Professional Associations

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
1978 - Present

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
1976 - Present