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Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2014
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2010
B.S.E., Aerospace Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2009
Assistant Professor in Residence, University of Connecticut, 2016–Present
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, 2014–2016
Conducting research on the combustion kinetics of alternative and traditional fuels. Teaching undergraduate courses in thermal-fluids engineering.
Mentoring undergraduate students in the capstone design project.
Contributing Developer, Cantera, 2014–Present
Contributing source code to the open-source software toolkit for chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, and transport processes
Assisting users with usage of Cantera in the online support group
Contributions available on GitHub: https://github.com/Cantera/cantera
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Connecticut, 2009–2014
Undergraduate Research Assistant, Case Western Reserve University, 2007–2009
Combustion Diagnostics Laboratory
Director: Chih-Jen (Jackie) Sung
Conducted experimental and computational studies of the ignition
properties of several alternative fuels and foundational fuels, with
a focus on engine-relevant conditions.
Designed a species sampling apparatus for time-resolved species measurements in the rapid compression machine, using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry to identify and quantify combustion intermediates.
Analyzed kinetic models of combustion to determine the parameters controlling prediction of ignition delay and to improve the ability of the models to predict combustion events.
In general, my research interests lie in the area of combustion engineering and energy sustainability. See the research section for more detail.
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA
Combustion for Energy Conversion
Fluid Dynamics 1
Senior Capstone Design Project Mentor
Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (Instructor)
Combustion for Energy Conversion (Teaching Assistant)
Lead Chairperson, Junior Associates Committee, 2012–2014
Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center
Coordinate monthly teleconferences for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in the CEFRC where junior members of the CEFRC present recent research results to the group. Act as the liaison between the Center’s principal investigators and the junior members.
EFRC Newsletter Editorial Board Member, 2013–2014
U.S. Department of Energy
Contribute articles to the newsletter describing recent scientific advances resulting from EFRC research, including:
“Burning Butanol in a Better Engine”
“The Advantage of Renewable Fuels in High-Efficiency Engines”
“Confined Catalysts Last Longer”
The audience for the articles is scientifically literate, but not expert in the fields relevant to each article. Edit articles written by other board members for factual and grammatical correctness.
See the updated list on the Publications page
University of Connecticut
Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2014
Department of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Predoctoral Fellowship Award, 2013
Graduate Assistantship in Areas of National Need, 2010
Case Western Reserve University
Fred H. Vose Prize, 2009
Summer Undergraduate Research in Energy Sciences Grant, 2008
The Combustion Institute, Member