Professor Ronald K. Hanson received his Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. He has been affiliated with the mechanical engineering department at Stanford since 1972, serving as department chair from 1993-2003 and holding the Woodard Chair from 1994. Dr. Hanson is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Optical Society of America (OSA), and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He is a recipient of the Silver Medal and the Alfred Egerton Gold Medal of the Combustion Institute, the R.I.Soloukhin Award of the Institute for Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems (IDERS), and the AIAA Awards for Propellants and Combustion and for Advanced Measurement Technology. Dr. Hanson’s research interests are in laser diagnostics and sensors, shock wave physics and chemistry, laser spectroscopy, chemical kinetics, combustion science, and advanced propulsion. Hanson is a Principal Investigator at the Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center (CEFRC).
Professor Moshe Matalon received his Ph.D in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University in 1978. After two years on the faculty of the Aerodynamics Laboratories of the Polytechnic Institute of New York, he joined the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University, where he was Professor of Engineering Sciences & Applied Mathematics and of Mechanical Engineering. In 2007 he joined the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as the College of Engineering Caterpillar Distinguished Professor. His research interests are in combustion theory and theoretical fluid mechanics, where he made contributions to a wide range of topics including the structure, dynamics and stability of premixed and diffusion laminar and turbulent flames, combustion instabilities and combustion of heterogeneous fuels. Matalon is Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP) and Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He is the recipient of the AIAA Pendray Aerospace Literature Award (2010) and of the AIAA Fluid Dynamics award (2016). He serves as Editor-In-Chief of Combustion Theory and Modelling and he is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.
Professor Thierry Poinsot received his PhD thesis in heat transfer from Ecole Centrale Paris in 1983 and his These d’Etat in combustion in 1987. He is a research director at IMFT (CNRS) in Toulouse, head of the CFD group at CERFACS, senior research fellow at Stanford University and consultant for various companies. Dr Poinsot’s research interests are in combustion theory, numerical methods for turbulent and laminar flames, combustion instabilities, massively parallel simulations for gas turbines, piston engines, rockets and furnaces. He is the author (with Dr Veynante) of the textbook “Theoretical and Numerical Combustion”.
Professor Alison Tomlin is currently a Chair in Environmental Modelling in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering (SCAPE) at the University of Leeds, UK. She graduated from a combined honours BSc in Mathematics and the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Leeds in 1987 followed by a PhD in Physical Chemistry at Leeds on the topic of nonlinear chemical kinetic systems. She then pursued Post-doctoral positions at Leeds and Princeton University before joining the Department of Fuel and Energy at Leeds as a lecturer in 1994. Her research interests cover a range of topics from the combustion of alternative fuels, to the air quality impacts of combustion, urban air pollution and city wide assessments of low carbon renewable potential. The development of high resolution, detailed models underlies her work and she has a particular interest in the development of methods for tracking uncertainties within model predictions. She has developed new methods for local and global uncertainty/sensitivity analysis for general models with applications in combustion systems and co-authored the book “The Analysis of Kinetic Reaction Mechanisms” published by Springer in 2015. She is currently head of the Clean Combustion Research Group in SCAPE and a Fellow of the Combustion Institute. She was joint Editor of the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute from 2012-2019.