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Dr. Jeffrey W. Yokota

Jeffrey Yokota
Associate Professor
BEng, PhD
416-979-5000 ext. 554173

Areas of Academic Interest


Fluid Dynamics


Year University Degree
1987 Cornell University PhD
1983 McGill University BEng

Selected Courses

Course Code Course Title
AER 622 Gas Dynamics
AER 721 Orbital Dynamics


Jeffrey Yokota grew up watching the moon landings ignite across his black and white television screen. Dreaming of working for NASA’s space program, his parents shuttled the family to Florida’s gateway to space. “We didn’t have a lot of money, so we did the trip in a station wagon,” he says.

After getting his PhD at Cornell University, his dreams came true when he got a job at NASA in 1987. “I was this Canadian kid in a place where everything there is larger than life. It’s exactly what you imagine from the movies.”

At NASA, the timelines are long, and projects might last five or ten years before results come to fruition. In contrast, Yokota enjoys the immediacy of positive teaching outcomes. "Everything you do with a student pays off right away," he says. "Any effort you put in, you see immediately."

One year during convocation, a student’s mother approached him. Her son had considered quitting engineering before taking Yokota's class, but changed his mind when Yokota helped him recognize his own potential. “It made me realize that this is what I want to do," he says.

Jeffrey Yokota

"One thing about universities that no one realizes? Everyone looks at you with potential."

  • SAE Ralph R. Teetor Award
  • CASI F.W. Casey Baldwin Award
  • Kolla, M.L. and Yokota, J.W., Controlling Boundary Layer Transition over a Separation Bubble: A Complex-Lamellar Approach., Transactions of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering, vol.39, no.1, 2015.