Laser Diagnostics Laboratory for Advanced Energy and Propulsion Research

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Tonghun Lee (Associate Professor) email

2006: Stanford University, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering

2002: Stanford University, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

2000: Yonsei University, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Seoul, Korea)

  • Withrow Junior Distinguished Scholar Award 2012

  • ONR Young Investigators Program Award 2011

  • Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow 2011

  • Teacher Scholar Award 2011

  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) 2010

  • Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow 2010

  • SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educator Award 2010

  • Withrow Teaching Excellence Award 2009

  • Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow 2009

  • AFOSR Young Investigators Program Award 2008

  • Bernard Lewis Fellowship 2006

Before coming to the University of Illinois, Dr. Lee has was on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering & Material Science at Michigan State University. Prior to that, Dr. Lee worked as a graduate research assistant in the High Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory (HTGL) at Stanford University specializing in advanced laser diagnostics for high-pressure combustion systems. At the University of Illinois, Dr. Lee's laboratory is dedicated to applying advanced laser diagnostics for both propulsion and energy systems research, including (1) plasma enhanced combustion for scramjets, (2) multi-spectral high-speed laser imaging of reactive flows, (3) ignition characterization of advanced biofuels, and (4) development of alternative energy conversion systems.

 

 
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  Postdoctoral Scholar  
 

Qili Liu (Postdoc), email

Home Town: Bozhou, Anhui, China

PhD Degree: Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering (University of Notre Dame) 

MS Degree: Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering (University of Notre Dame) 

BS Degree: Theoretical and Applied Mathematics (Univ. of Sci. and Tech. of China) 

Research Interests: Turbulence in Hypersonic Combustion

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Graduate Students

 

Stephen Hammack (PhD), email

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Home Town: Howell, Michigan

MS Degree: Mechanical Engineering (Michigan State University) 

BS Degree: Mechanical Engineering (Michigan State University) 

Research Interests: Laser Diagnostics of Plasma Enhanced Combustion in Scramjets

 

 

Constandinos Mitsingas (PhD), email

Home Town: Chicago, Illinois & Doula, Greece

MS Degree: Mechanical Science & Engineering (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) 

BS Degree: Mechanical Science & Engineering (University of Illinois) 

Research Interests: Electromagnetic Enhanced Fuel Conversion & Combustion

 

Eric Mayhew (PhD), email

NDSEG Graduate Research Fellow

Home Town: Beavercreek, Ohio

MS Degree: Mechanical Engineering (Case Western Reserve University) 

BS Degree: Mechanical Engineering (Case Western Reserve University) 

Research Interests: Laser and Optical Diagnostics of Hypersonic Combustion

 

Anna Oldani (PhD), email

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Home Town: Rockford, Illinois

MS Degree: Mechanical Science & Engineering (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) 

BS Degree: Agricultural & Biological Engineering (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) 

Research Interests: Numerical Simulation of Alternative Fuels and Oxidative Properties

 

Rajavasanth Rajasegar (PhD), email

Home Town: Pondicherry, India

MS Degree: Mechanical Science & Engineering (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) 

B.Tech Degree: Mechanical Engineering (NIT-Trichy, India) 

Research Interests: Combustion Instabilities in High Speed Reactive Flows

 

Kyungwook Min (MS/PhD), email

Kwan Jung Graduate Research Fellow

Home Town: Seoul, Korea

BS Degree: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (Seoul National University) 

Research Interests: Laser Diagnostics Study of Alternative & Renewable Fuels

 

Daniel Valco (PhD), email

Home Town: Bay Village, Ohio

BS Degree:Chemical Engineering ("The Ohio State University") 

Research Interests: Chemistry of Ignition and Oxidation of Fuels

 
 

Nicholas Traina (PhD), email

Home Town: Plainfieild, Illinois

MS Degree: Mechanical Science & Engineering (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) 

BS Degree: Mechanical Science & Engineering (University of Illinois) 

Research Interest: Fire Dyanmics and Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy

Brendan McGann (PhD), email

Home Town: Jamesville, NY

MS Degree:Aerospace Engineering (University of Notre Dame)

BS Degree:Mechanical Engineering (Lehigh University)

Research Interests: Nano-Laser Induced Breakdown Spectrscopy

 

Damiano Baccarella (PhD), email

Home Town: Volterra, Italy

MS Degree:Aerospace Engineering (University of Pisa)

BS Degree:Aerospace Engineering (University of Pisa)

Research Interests: Laser Diagnostics in High-Speed Reacting Flows

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Undergraduate Students

 

Daniel Joseph Tepe (Sophomore, Honors College) email

Home Town: Milford, OH

High School: Milford High School, Milford OH

Research Interests: Advanced multispectral PLIF

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Former Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

Elisa Toulson, Postdoc (Montreal, Canada) 2012

Research Interests: Ignition of bio-derived fuels in a rapid compression machine

Current Position: Faculty, Michigan State University

 

Casey Allen, Ph.D. (Marshalltown, Iowa) 2012

Research Interests: Ignition of bio-derived fuels in a rapid compression machine

Current Position: Faculty, Marquette University

 

Xing Rao, Ph.D. (Jing Xi, China) 2011

Research Interests: Laser diagnostics in plasma enhanced flames

Current Position: Research Scientist, Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (DOE)

 

Zachary Williamson, M.S. (Portland Maine) 2011

Research Interests: Laser diagnostics of miniature fuel cells

Current Position: Officer, U.S. Marines

 

Joshua Kuhlman M.S. (Sunnyvale, California) 2013

Research Interests: Design and Simulation of Shock Tubes

Current Position: Research Engineer, Williams International

 

Former Undergraduate Students

 

Shang Shi (Grand Rapids, MI)

Research Interests: Design of high pressure combustor

David Ruddock (Okemos, MI)

Research Interests: Laser diagnostics of advanced biofuel combustion

Mark Andrew Holmes (Sophomore, Honors College)

Research Interests: Chemical kinetics of novel biofuels

 
 

 

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