MNE professors named inaugural Fellows of the Combustion Institute

March 23, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Daniel Haworth and Richard Yetter, professors of mechanical engineering at Penn State, have been named inaugural Fellows of the Combustion Institute.

As a leader in combustion research, the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (MNE) is proud to be recognized by the Combustion Institute. “This demonstrates the impactful research Dr. Haworth and Dr. Yetter are doing and how it’s helping to advance the field of engineering,” Karen Thole, distinguished professor and department head of MNE, said.

Haworth’s work in turbulent combustion modeling methods was crucial in securing his nomination. “I develop computer codes or simulations to understand the physics of what’s going on in combustion,” he explained. “Our next step is to try and design or develop something better – by being more efficient, reducing pollutants, or pushing toward new technologies like biofuels.”

He is particularly interested in reducing the environment impacts of combustion. “That’s a big driver for me, reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” he said. “I also tend to focus on propulsion, things like optimizing piston engines for cars.”

Yetter is being recognized for his excellent research in heterogeneous combustion and high-temperature/high-pressure reaction kinetics, including energetic materials and microscale systems.

On being named a Fellow of the Combustion Institute, Haworth commented on the strength of the organization. “It really brings together the leading minds on combustion,” he said. “It’s very nice to be recognized by them.”

“We look forward to Drs. Haworth and Yetter’s future research into combustion further strengthening our department in this area,” Thole added.

 

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Daniel Haworth

Daniel Haworth, professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State

Richard Yetter

Richard Yetter, professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State

“This demonstrates the impactful research Dr. Haworth and Dr. Yetter are doing and how it’s helping to advance the field of engineering,” Karen Thole, distinguished professor and department head of MNE, said.
 
 

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