First RFDL Graduate Student Defense Thesis – Anand Makwana

Anand Makwana successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on Thursday, March 22, 2018, making him the first Ph.D. student to defend his thesis from the Reacting Flow Dynamics Laboratory. Co-advised by Dr. Tom Litzinger, Anand focused on issues of PAH and soot development in laminar flames with real transportation fuels. His thesis is entitled, “Effects of […]

Dr. Jacqueline O’Connor receives NSF CAREER award for work in combustion instability

Dr. Jacqueline O’Connor has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant entitled, “CAREER: Impact of Turbulence on Mechanisms of Combustion Instability.”┬áThis proposal addresses the challenge of thermoacoustic combustion instability in combustion systems with highly turbulent flowfields. The proposed research is broadly applicable to gas turbines, rockets, industrial process furnaces, and boilers. In all of these systems, […]

Graduate student Wyatt Culler wins IGTI Student Travel Award

Wyatt Culler, a 5th-year graduate student in the RFDL has won the IGTI Student Travel Award to present his research at the ASME Turbo Expo in Oslo, Norway in June 2018. He will present his paper, “Comparison of center nozzle staging to outer nozzle staging in a multi-flame combustor,” as well as that of fellow […]

Penn State Hosts Eastern States Section Meeting

Local hosts Drs. Jacqueline O’Connor and Yuan Xuan hosted the Spring Technical Meeting of the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute in State College, PA from March 4-7, 2018. Attended by 178 colleagues from around the country, the meeting featured numerous technical sessions, plenary lectures on chemical mechanism reduction, supersonic combustion, and wildfire ecology, […]