Faculty

Dr. Jacqueline O’Connor is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. There, she directs the Reacting Flow Dynamics Laboratory, a part of the Center for Combustion, Power and Propulsion. Her research focuses on unsteady combustion phenomena in power and propulsion technologies, including power generation gas turbines, aircraft engines, and diesel engines, using high-speed laser diagnostics. Previously, she was a post-doctoral researcher at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California in the Engine Combustion Department. She received a BS from MIT in Aeronautics in 2006, and a MS and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2009 and 2012. She is the recipient of the 2016 Irvin Glassman Young Investigator Award from the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute and the 2015 John Johnson Award for Outstanding Research in Diesel Engines from the Society of Automotive Engineers. At Penn State, she teaches undergraduate courses on thermodynamics, internal combustion engines, and gas turbines, and graduate courses on combustion.