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

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Mechanical Engineering, 2019—Present
Assistant Professor in Residence, 2016—Present
Visiting Assistant Professor, 2014—2016
University of Connecticut Teaching 3 undergraduate courses per semester in thermal-fluids engineering
Integrating and developing open-source software tools to promote higher-level learning outcomes in undergraduate courses
Mentoring undergraduate student teams during their industrially-sponsored capstone design project
Mentoring graduate and undergraduate TAs in grading and tutoring
Conducting research with undergraduate and high-school students to develop software for combustion kinetics
Developing open-source software tools for combustion and chemical kinetic analysis

Co-Lead Developer, Cantera, 2013—Present
Member, Cantera Steering Committee, 2018—Present
Contributing source code to the open-source software toolkit for chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, and transport processes
Organized 4 workshops for approximately 200 Cantera users at regional and national meetings of the Combustion Institute
Organized 3 annual workshops for 10 Cantera developers
Awarded $3,000 NumFOCUS Small Development Grant to redesign the Cantera website at
Awarded $2,500 NumFOCUS Small Development Grant to update and automate Cantera’s packaging infrastructure
Contributions available on GitHub:

Author & Technical Reviewer, Real Python, 2019—Present
Write in-depth articles covering topics for Python developers
Articles are read by 11,000+ unique readers per week and were featured on the Real Python and Python Bytes podcasts
Review articles for technical correctness, adherence to Pythonic style, and clarity of explanations
All articles are available on my profile page

Lead developer, ThermoState, 2016—Present
Developing an open-source package to evaluate thermodynamic properties of simple compressible systems
Used in 6 undergraduate Thermodynamics courses at the University of Connecticut, with strong student approval
Published in the Journal of Open Source Education doi: 10.21105/jose.00033
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 researchers from Oregon State University, Columbia University, Trinity University Dublin, and Argonne National Laboratory, among others, to define the database format, project governance, and community standards
Used as the data standard for an experimental characterization initiative involving more than 15 international universities
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:

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


  • Four-time recipient of the University of Connecticut Provost’s Teaching Commendation, awarded to faculty for excellence on their end-of-semester teaching evaluations
  • Three-time elected Commencement Marshal for Mechanical Engineering by the senior-class students
  • Nominated for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 University Teaching Innovation Award by the Mechanical Engineering Department Chair

Typical enrollment in the courses listed below is 60—100 students per section.

  • Aerodynamics & Flight Mechanics
  • Applied Mechanical Engineering Laboratory
  • Applied Thermodynamics
  • Combustion for Energy Conversion
  • Fluid Dynamics 1
  • Fluid Dynamics 2 (Compressible Flow)
  • Orbital Mechanics
  • Senior Capstone Design Lecturer/Project Mentor
  • Thermodynamic Principals
  • Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (Instructor)

Professional Service

Co-Chair, 2019—Present
NumFOCUS Small Development Grants Committee
Awarding $45,000 three times per year to applicants from NumFOCUS affiliated projects
Organizing meetings of the committee and ensuring each application is discussed for the allotted time

Member, 2017—Present
Cantera Steering Committee
Coordinating Cantera development and activities for the benefit of the community
As representative for the Cantera project, attended 2018 NumFOCUS Summit Meeting for all projects sponsored by NumFOCUS
Establishing roadmap for Cantera development, including objectives related to technical features and community engagement

University of Connecticut Team Leader, 2018
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Institute for Project-Based Learning
Led team of 7 faculty from Engineering, Computer Science, Accounting, and Education
Developed plan to implement project-based learning in the School of Engineering Curriculum at UConnRCMPy
Presented plan to attendees of the Institute
Worked with UConn Administration to identify key stakeholders, roadblocks, and resources required to implement Project-Based Learning

Member, ABET Committee, 2017—Present
Member, Ph.D. Qualifier Committee, 2017—Present
University of Connecticut, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Developing materials to demonstrate continuing improvement for 2019 ABET accreditation visit
Developed pre- and post-quizzes for undergraduate Thermodynamics courses in Mechanical Engineering to demonstrate student achievement of ABET outcomes
Developed Ph.D. qualifying exam questions in collaboration with other department faculty

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
  • Journal of Open Source Software


See the updated list on the Publications page

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships


“Extensible and community-driven thermodynamics, transport, and chemical kinetics modeling with Cantera: expanding to diverse scientific domains”
Funding: $132,245

“Investigating the Atomization Process of a Modern Pressure-Swirl Aero-Engine Injector at Engine Relevant Pressures”
Funding: $20,000


“Cantera Packaging and CI Infrastructure Upgrades”
Funding: $2,500


“Modernize, Reorganize, and Update Cantera’s Website”
Funding: $3,000

“Integrating KEEN E-Learning Module: Resolving Ethical Issues”
Funding: $2,000

“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