The combustion research program at Penn State is one of the top combustion programs in the United States. For more than 50 years, Penn State researchers have made important contributions to the field of combustion, both in terms of improved understanding of combustion fundamentals and the application of combustion science to the development of advanced combustion technology. One of the reasons for the success of Penn State’s combustion research program has been its ability to evolve as the role and impact of combustion in society changes.
For the past 20 years, much of Penn State’s combustion research has been carried out in the Propulsion Engineering Research Center (PERC). Propulsion remains an important part of combustion research at Penn State; however, over the past 10 years new combustion research programs have emerged in the areas of advanced power generation, energetic materials and molecular dynamics modeling.
Evidence of these changes include Penn State’s addition to GE’s University Strategic Alliance Program in the area of combustion, a collaboration with Shanghai Jiao Tong University on gas turbine power generation, and an alliance with Volvo, among others. In addition, Penn State’s combustion program will play a significant role in the new Institute for Natural Gas Research at Penn State.
In support of the continued evolution of Penn State’s combustion research program and its ability to respond to new opportunities and challenges in the field of combustion, the PERC was renamed the Center for Combustion, Power and Propulsion (CCPP).
CCPP’s mission is to address the technological challenges of the 21st century through nationally and internationally recognized research and education programs, strong industry-government-university relationships and active engagement of researchers across the university.
CCPP identified the following goals in support of the Center’s mission:
- Establish the Center as the top research program in the United States in the science and technology of combustion, power and propulsion.
- Ensure that the number and expertise of Center faculty are maintained at levels necessary to realize the Center’s goals.
- Pursue multi-disciplinary research opportunities in the fields of combustion, power and propulsion within the university, nationally and internationally.
- Continue to improve the educational excellence of our undergraduate and graduate programs in combustion, power and propulsion.
- Develop the next generation of researchers, educators and leaders in the fields of combustion, power and propulsion.
- Establish the Center as a university focal point for research and education in combustion, power and propulsion.
- Establish strong industry-government-university relationships in support of the Center’s goals.
- Support the mission of industry and government through service and outreach activities.