Faculty Collaborating with the Energy Institute

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Avedisian, C. Thomas

Research Interests: We are pursuing research that cuts across a variety of disciplines, including heat transfer and energy systems. Problems are pursued from an experimental (as contrasted with a purely computational or theoretical) approach. Recent projects include studies of droplet combustion; micro-scale boiling on impulsively heated thin metal films; and film boiling with chemical reaction.

Phone: 607-592-7915

Fisher, Elizabeth

Research Interests: I use bench-scale laminar flame and flow-reactor experiments to investigate the combustion chemistry of various practical systems. My focus is on understanding the chemical kinetic mechanisms relevant to the formation of desired products as well as pollutants. Applications include: biomass combustion and pyrolysis to produce fuels, biochar, and heat; flame inhibition; combustion of practical liquid fuels including biodiesel and jet fuel; oxycombustion for carbon sequestration; incineration of hazardous wastes and chemical warfare agents. Techniques used include: Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS), laser-doppler velocimetry (LDV), detailed chemical kinetic modeling.

Email: emf4@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-8309
Website: http://www.mae.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=emf4

George, Al

Research Interests: Professor George's research and teaching areas are in vehicles, systems, and energy. The focus of his vehicle-related work has been aeroacoustic noise mechanisms and the aerodynamics, performance, and design of aircraft, automobiles, and engine cooling. His other interests are in systems engineering, with research on a systems views of energy use, knowledge engineering, and manufacturing. In the energy systems area he has been working on modeling the systems effects of energy sources and energy utilization and in how to supply information to people making decisions on future energy sources and utilization.

Email: arg2@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-6254
Website:  http://www.mae.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=arg2

Gouldin, Fred

Research Interests: Combustion, turbulent combustion, premixed turbulent flames, waste incineration and incineration of chemical weapons, fire suppression, scramjet combustion and advanced diagnostics including laser imaging, stereo particle image velocimetry, laser Doppler velocimetry, Raman and Rayleigh scattering and line-of-sight tomography for combustion research and combustion control sensors.

Email: fcg2@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-5280
Website: http://www.mae.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=fcg2

Leibovich, Sidney

Research Interests: My research focus has been on concentrated vortex flows, their transition via the phenomenon of vortex breakdown, and phenomenology underlying breakdown including hydrodynamic stability theory and nonlinear wave propagation. Another area of great interest to me has been the stability of the upper ocean and the vertical mixing of momentum, heat, and matter by Langmuir circulations, a motion caused by interaction of the surface waves and shear in the water column.

Email: sl23@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-3477
Website:  http://www.mae.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=sl23

Pope, Steve

Research Interests: Steve Pope's research is in the areas of modeling and simulation of turbulent flows and turbulent combustion. He pioneered the use of probability density function (PDF) models for turbulent reactive flows, and has made various contributions to the statistical modeling of turbulent flows, and to their study via direct numerical simulations. For combustion chemistry, he has developed a number of dimension-reduction and tabulation methodologies. His textbook "Turbulent Flows" was published in 2000.

Steve Pope is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, of the American Physical Society, of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and of the Institute of Physics. He has been chair of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (2006-07), and was program co-chair of the 31st International Combustion Symposium (2006). He is the recipient of the Zeldovich Gold Medal of the Combustion Institute, and of the Fluid Dynamics Prize of the American Physical Society.

Email: sbp2@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-4314
Website: http://www.engineering.cornell.edu/research/faculty/profile.cfm?netid=sbp2

Warhaft, Zellman

Research Interests: Zellman Warhaft conducts experiments on the mixing properties of turbulence, which transports heat, momentum and matter many orders of magnitude better than molecular agitation. His interest in this area was stimulated by his work on the effect of weather on microwave radio propagation (Melbourne '67-'69) and on related problems at Ditton Park ('69-'75). He has maintained this contact with geophysics, an area in which turbulent transport is vitally important. In '72, he worked with the air-sea interaction tunnel of the IMST (Marseille). When he was at Penn State ('75-'77) he had close ties to the Meterology Dept. After coming to Cornell, he has spent a sabbatical at KNMI de Bilt (The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute). His present interests are in the fundamentals of the small scale structure of the scalar and velocity fields in high Reynolds number turbulent flows and the effects of turbulence on the formation of raindrops in clouds. Professor Warhaft is also concerned with the social and environmental aspects of engineering and (apart from his more formal teaching obligations) teaches a course on this topic called "Components and Systems: Engineering in a Social Context".  He is affiliated with the Science and Technology Studies Department, with the Peace Studies Program and with the Atkinson Center for a sustainable future at Cornell.  He was Associate Dean for Diversity in the Engineering College from 2003 - 2007 and is presently addressing faculty diversity across the university.

Email: zw16@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-3898
Website:  http://www.mae.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=zw16

Zehnder, Alan

Research Interests: My current research focuses on the fracture of nanoscale systems, nonlinear dynamics of nanomechanical oscillators and damage tolerance of polymer matrix composite materials.

Email: atz2@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-9181
Website:  http://www.mae.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?NetID=atz2

Zhang, Max

Research Interests: Aerosols, Air Quality and Climate Change; Near-road air pollution; Advanced plume characterizations; Air quality modeling; Energy Systems Engineering; Elictrification of the transportation sector; Intelligent distributed energy systems.

Email: kz33@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-254-5402
Website: http://www.mae.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=kz33


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