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Education

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

Professional Experience

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.

Teaching Experience

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA

Combustion for Energy Conversion

Applied Thermodynamics

Thermodynamic Principles

Fluid Dynamics 1

Senior Capstone Design Project Mentor

Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (Instructor)

Combustion for Energy Conversion (Teaching Assistant)

Professional Service

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.

Journal Referee

  • Combustion and Flame
  • Energy & Fuels
  • Proceedings of the Combustion Institute
  • Fuel
  • Combustion Science & Technology
  • Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
  • SAE World Congress
  • Measurement

Publications

See the updated list on the Publications page

Awards and Fellowships

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

Professional Affiliations

AIAA, Member
ASME, Member
The Combustion Institute, Member
ACS, Member