Curriculum Vitae

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Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2014

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2010

B.S.E., Aerospace Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2009

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor in Residence, 2016—Present
Visiting Assistant Professor, 2014—2016
University of Connecticut Conducting research on the combustion kinetics of alternative and traditional fuels.
Teaching undergraduate courses in thermal-fluids engineering.
Mentoring undergraduate students in the capstone design project.

Lead developer, ThermoState, 2016—Present Developing an open-source package to evaluate thermodynamic properties of common materials Used in several undergraduate Thermodynamics courses, with strong student approval Code is available on GitHub:

Co-lead developer, ChemKED/PyKED, 2016—Present
Implemented a Python interface to the ChemKED database format for chemical kinetics experiments Collaborating with other researchers to define the database format, project governance, and community standards Code is available on GitHub:

Lead developer, UConnRCMPy 2015—Present Developing an open-source data analysis package for rapid compression machine experiments to encourage and improve reproducibility in experimental works Collaborating with other researchers to improve and extend the package Code is available on GitHub:

Contributing Developer, Cantera, 2013—Present
Contributing source code to the open-source software toolkit for chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, and transport processes
Assisting users with usage of Cantera in the online support group
Contributions available on GitHub:

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Connecticut, 2009—2014
Undergraduate Research Assistant, Case Western Reserve University, 2007—2009
Combustion Diagnostics Laboratory, University of Connecticut
Conducted experimental and computational studies of the ignition properties of several alternative fuels and foundational fuels, with a focus on engine-relevant conditions.
Designed a species sampling apparatus for time-resolved species measurements in the rapid compression machine, using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry to identify and quantify combustion intermediates.
Analyzed kinetic models of combustion to determine the parameters controlling prediction of ignition delay and to improve the ability of the models to predict combustion events.

Teaching Experience

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA

  • Applied Thermodynamics
  • Combustion for Energy Conversion
  • Fluid Dynamics 1
  • Fluid Dynamics 2 (Compressible Flow)
  • Senior Capstone Design Lecturer/Project Mentor
  • Thermodynamic Principles
  • Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (Instructor)

Professional Service

Lead Chairperson, Junior Associates Committee, 2012—2014
Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center

Coordinate monthly teleconferences for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in the CEFRC where junior members of the CEFRC present recent research results to the group. Act as the liaison between the Center’s principal investigators and the junior members.

EFRC Newsletter Editorial Board Member, 2013—2014
U.S. Department of Energy
Contribute articles to the newsletter describing recent scientific advances resulting from EFRC research, including:
“Burning Butanol in a Better Engine”
“The Advantage of Renewable Fuels in High-Efficiency Engines”
“Confined Catalysts Last Longer”

Edit articles written by other board members for factual and grammatical correctness.

Journal Referee

  • Combustion and Flame
  • Energy & Fuels
  • Proceedings of the Combustion Institute
  • Fuel
  • Combustion Science & Technology
  • Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
  • SAE World Congress
  • Measurement
  • Journal of Energy Resources Technology


See the updated list on the Publications page

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships


“Integration of Software-Based Problem Solving to Thermodynamics Instruction”
Funding: $5,000


“Measurement of Combustion Products at High Pressure and Low Temperature”
Funding: $20,000


“High Pressure Ignition Chemistry of Alternative Fuels”
Funding: $2,000


“Experiments and Detailed Modeling of Butanol Ignition”
Funding: $2,000


“Introduction to Mechanical Engineering”
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut


“Assessing the Feasibility of Substituting Biofuels for Conventional Hydrocarbon Fuels.”
Funding: $7,599


Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
Awarded to the senior in mechanical engineering who has demonstrated the greatest promise for professional leadership


“Investigation of Hydrocarbon Flame Structure using Probe Sampling and GC/MS.”
Fuding: $3,500

Professional Affiliations

AIAA, Member
ASME, Member
The Combustion Institute, Member
ACS, Member