Joseph Iannelli, Founding
Executive Director & Associate Dean
for International Programs

Joseph IannelliExecutive DirectorWest 134A509-372-7420
Education and Bio
  • Ph.D. in Engineering Science with focus in CFD and Aerospace Engineering, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1991
  • B.S. & M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, (Summa cum Laude, 5-year integrated Laurea program with M.S. thesis), University of Palermo, 1986
  • Von Karman Diploma in Fluid Dynamics, Von Karman Institute, Rhode St. Genese, Belgium, 1985

Joined WSU Tri-Cities in 2014 from Grand Valley State University, Michigan

A Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy, Joseph Iannelli is serving as the Associate Dean for International Programs for the entire multi-campus Voiland College for Engineering & Architecture at WSU and also as Founding Executive Director of the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences at WSU Tri-Cities. Previously, he served as Director of Grand Valley State University’s School of Engineering, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and also as Director of the Centre for Aeronautics at the City University of London, UK, where he initiated a Master’s Degree program in Aeronautical Engineering.  Dr. Iannelli’s career in higher education spans 25 years in Bachelor, Master’s, and Doctoral programs,  including over a decade of leadership and managerial experience, supporting the teacher-scholar model and vigorously promoting success of students, faculty, and staff. A passionate supporter of strategic planning and execution and an enthusiastic advocate for world-class applied research and hands-on learning in engineering and computer science, he has established several international education and research partnerships with overseas universities and internationalized engineering programs, placing US students in paid internships in Europe and securing for Engineering Faculty, Visiting-Faculty appointments in Germany and Switzerland. Recently, he has instituted the first Engineering international double Master’s degree program in the State of Washington, with the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, designed to foster international applied research and graduate globally educated professionals to assume leadership positions in technology-driven, multinational corporations. Enthusiastically, he continues to pursue international partnerships with renowned overseas universities and, of late, he has established an international partnership with the Technology University of Dresden, a recognized university of excellence, securing ERASMUS+ European-Union funding to support this partnership. Based on his collegiality-developed school-formation proposal, the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences at WSU Tri-Cities has been approved by WSU’s Faculty Senate and Board of Regents and officially established.

Academic Interests


  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Engineering and Scientific Computing
  • Computer Programming
  • Finite Elements
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Classical and Engineering Mechanics
  • Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Vascular Fluid Dynamics
  • Aerodynamics and Aerothermodynamics
  • Flight Dynamics
  • Gas Dynamics
  • Gas Turbines and Propulsion


  • High-performance engineering and scientific computing
  • Minimal-storage iterative numerical linear algebra solvers
  • Theoretical and computational fluid dynamics
  • Finite element algorithms and analysis
  • Numerical analysis
  • Software development
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeronautical propulsion, including gas turbines, ramjets, and scramjets
  • Chemically reacting aerospace flows
  • Cooperative education programs
  • Economic development
  • International-Education initiatives involving universities, businesses, and multinational corporations
Recent Publications

J. Iannelli, Characteristics Finite Element Methods in Computational Fluid Dynamics, Springer Verlag, 747 pages, ISBN: 3-540-25181-2, 2006

Journal Articles

  • B. DeVries, J, Iannelli, C. Trefftz, K. A. O’Hearn, G. Wolffe, “Parallel Implementation of FGMRES for Solving Large, Sparse, Non-Symmetric Linear Systems”, Procedia Computer Science, Elsevier, 18, 491-500, 2013
  • J. Iannelli, “An Exact Non-Linear Navier-Stokes Compressible-Flow Solution for CFD Code Verification”, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, John Wiley & Sons, 72, 157-176, 2013
  • M. Kalevitch, C. Maurer, P. Badger, G. Holdan, J. Iannelli*, A. Sirinterlikci, G. Semich, J. Bernauer, “Building a Community of Scholars: One University’s Story of Students Engaged in Learning Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Through an NSF S-STEM Grant”, Journal of STEM Education, 13, 4, 34-42, 2012
  • J. Iannelli, “An Implicit Galerkin Finite Element Runge-Kutta Algorithm for Shock Structure Investigations”, Journal for Computational Physics, Elsevier, 230, 260-286, 2011
  •  J. Iannelli, “Finite element and implicit Runge-Kutta implementation of an acoustics-convection upstream resolution algorithm for the time-dependent two-dimensional Euler equations”, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 49, 1261-1286, 2005
  • J. Iannelli, “Derivation and characteristics analysis of an acoustics-convection upstream-resolution algorithm for the two-dimensional Euler and Navier-Stokes equations”, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 49, 1233-1260, 2005
  •  J. Iannelli, “Direct Computation of Thermodynamic Properties of Chemically Reacting Air, with Consideration to CFD”, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 43, 369-406, 2003
  • J. Iannelli, “A CFD Euler Solver from a Physical Acoustics-Convection Flux Jacobian Decomposition”, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 31, 821-860, 1999
  • A.J. Baker, D.J. Chaffin, J. Iannelli, S. Roy, “Finite Elements for CFD – How Does the Theory Compare”, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 31, 345-358, 1999
  •  A. J. Baker, J. Iannelli, S. Roy, D.J. Chaffin, “On Some Recent Adventures into Improved Finite Element CFD Methods for Convective Transport”, Comput. Methods in Appl. Mech. and Engrg., 151, 27-42, 1998
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