Wesleyan portrait of Tom  Filburn

Tom Filburn

Visiting Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences


BS University of Connecticut
MS University of Connecticut
MS University of Connecticut
PHD University of Connecticut

Tom Filburn

Tom Filburn has combined academic and industrial engineering research to support the energy and aerospace fields.  He holds 13 patents on material and components for enhancement of a wide variety of aerospace systems.  He has supported material and system development for aircraft brakes, composite material for landing gear, nacelles and continued improvement of air revitalization for NASA and US Navy applications.  He has several decades of experience with NASA on a variety of life support system improvements for spacecraft air, water and thermal systems.  His energy work has included supporting the nuclear industry (Westinghouse, USNRC),  greenhouse gas reduction (US DOE) and a sustainable electric energy infrastructure. 

Tom Filburn received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut.  Tom is currently the Associate Director of Systems Engineering at Pratt & Whitney, coordinating the structural, thermal, and electric analyses of engine ice protection for military engines.  Tom is the co-inventor of 13 U.S. Patents, co-authored several journal articles and book chapters, and has written books entitled Fukushima, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island (2016) and Commercial Aviation in the Jet Era and the systems that make it possible (2019).  Tom’s work has been funded by NASA, the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Department of Homeland Security.  Tom has taught a range of energy, environmental, and engineering courses at the University of Hartford and Manchester Community College.  His research interest includes energy, sustainability, and air pollution with a focus on carbon dioxide capture for both life support and greenhouse gas mitigation.  He will teach E&ES 236 Nuclear Power Plant Design and the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima Accidents in fall 2020 and an Energy Sustainability course in spring 2021


Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Tue 5:30-7pm


Fall 2020
E&ES 236 - 01
Nuclear Power Plant Design

Spring 2021
E&ES 253 - 01
Energy Sustainability