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Research Interests

My research interests generally include developing tools and strategies to integrate accurate physical models into practical engineering simulations; my current work involves developing chemical mechanism reduction methods and algorithms to use graphics processing units (GPUs) to enable the use of detailed, predictive chemical models in combustion and reactive-flow simulations. More generally, I am also interested in developing strategies to accelerate science and engineering computations with GPUs.


Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, August 2013
Advisor: Chih-Jen Sung
Dissertation Title: “Reducing the Cost of Chemistry in Reactive-Flow Simulations: Novel Mechanism Reduction Strategies and Acceleration via Graphics Processing Units”
GPA: 4.0 / 4.0

M.S., Aerospace Engineering, January 2010
Advisor: Chih-Jen Sung
Thesis: “Skeletal Mechanism Generation for Surrogate Fuels”
GPA: 4.0 / 4.0

B.S., Aerospace Engineering, January 2009
summa cum laude
GPA: 4.0 / 4.0


Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
Assistant Professor 2015–
Assistant Professor (Senior Research) 2014–2015
Postdoctoral Researcher, 2013–2014

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Graduate Research Assistant, 2008–2013
Teaching Assistant, 2007–2010
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2007

United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, Connecticut
Summer Research Intern, Combustion Group, 2011

Ars Technica
Associate Science Writer, 2011–2013

NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Summer Intern, Combustion Branch, 2008


(see my publications page for an up-to-date list)

Teaching Experience

Oregon State University
MIME 101, Introduction to MIME (undergraduate)
Freshman-level course providing an overview of mechanical, industrial, and manufacturing engineering as well as academic success skills.
–Fall 2015

ME 373, Mechanical Engineering Methods (undergraduate)
Junior-level course covering analytical and numerical methods for solving ordinary and partial differential equations.
–Winter 2015

ME 331, Introductory Fluid Mechanics (undergraduate)
Junior-level course introducing concepts and applications of fluid mechanics and dimensional analysis.
–Fall 2013, Fall 2014

ESE 497, MIME Capstone Design (undergraduate)
Senior-level design capstone course for Energy Systems Engineering (ESE) students, covering real-world product design, project management, and professional communication skills.
–Fall 2014

Case Western Reserve University (as teaching assistant)
EMAE 350, Mechanical Engineering Analysis (undergraduate)
Junior-level course on mathematical methods (analytical and numerical) used in mechanical engineering, with a focus on ordinary and partial differential equations.
–Fall 2007, Fall 2009, Fall 2010

EMAE 359, Aero/Gas Dynamics (undergraduate)
Junior-level course on incompressible and compressible flow theory and applications.
–Spring 2010

EMAE 376, Aerostructures (undergraduate)
Junior-level course on solid mechanics of thin-walled aerospace structures, including introduction to finite element methods.
–Spring 2008

Advising Experience

Masters Students

  • Shane Daly, “Chemometrics-based Approach for Predicting Low Temperature Combustion Engine Fuel Performance,” Mechanical Engineering; co-advised with Chrisopher Hagen (Fall 2015)
  • Christopher Minar, Mechanical Engineering (in progress)
  • Miguel Soler, Mechanical Engineering (in progress)

Professional Service

Journal Reviewer

  • Proceedings of the Combustion Institute
  • Combustion and Flame
  • Journal of Computational Physics
  • Energy and Fuels
  • Fuel
  • Combustion Science and Technology
  • Energy Conversion and Management
  • International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion
  • SAE International Journal of Aerospace

Conference Reviewer

  • SAE World Congress
  • ASME Internal Combustion Engine Fall Meeting
  • SAE 2014 International Powertrain, Fuels & Lubricants Meeting
  • ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences

Proposal/Award Referee

  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship 2015
  • Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program 2015

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, The Combustion Institute
  • Professional Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Member, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

University Service

  • “Discovering the Scientist Within” outreach event for middle-school girls, 8 March 2015
  • “Explore Engineering Careers” speaker for Energy Systems Engineering, 14 January 2015

Awards & Honors

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2010–2013
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow, 2009–2012
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention, 2009
  • The Case Alumni Association Prize for Achievement, 2009
  • M. Roger Clapp Memorial Scholarship, Case Alumni Association, 2009
  • Robert and Leona Garwin Award, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2008
  • Outstanding Junior in Engineering Award, Case Western Reserve University, 2008
  • Case Alumni Association Scholarship, 2007–2008
  • Outstanding Sophomore in Engineering Award, Case Western Reserve University, 2007
  • Presidential Scholar, Case Western Reserve University, 2005–2008
  • Scholar-Athlete, Case Western Reserve University, 2005
  • Tau Beta Pi (Ohio Alpha Chapter)