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Principal Investigator

Dr. Timothy J. Jacobs
  • Professor and Steve Bauer, Jr. '02 Faculty Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Eppright University Professorship of Undergraduate Teaching Exellence
  • Director, Interdisciplinary Engineering for Graduate and Undergraduate Programs

Current Students

Doctoral Students

Jue Li
  • M.S. Engineering Thermophysics, Jilin University, China, 2012
  • B.S. Power & Mechanical Engineering, Jilin University, China, 2009
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Abdullah Bajwa
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2016
    • Thesis title: First and Second Law Analyses of a Large Bore Two Stroke Spark Ignition Engine Fueled with Natural Gas
  • B.S. GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, 2013
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Masters Students

Jacob Hedrick
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2013
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Tim Kroeger Kelsey Fieseler Ben McKeathen Rachal Thomassie Kevin Wallace

Undergraduate Students

Cole Frazier Gabrielle Adams
  • Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, Class of 2017
Josh Tremblay
  • Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, Class of 2018
Yvonne Chukwu
  • Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, Class of 2019
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Katy Armitage

Alumni

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. Jiafeng Sun
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2014
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University, China, 2002
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University, China, 1999

Doctoral Students

Dr. Tingting Li
  • Ph.D Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2017
    • Thesis title: A High Efficiency and Clean Combustion Strategy for Compression Ignition Engines: Integration of Low Heat Rejection Concepts with Low Temperature Combustion
  • M.S. Energy & Power Engineering, Beihang University, China, 2013
  • B.S. Energy & Power Engineering, North China Electric Power University, China, 2010
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Dr. Alireza Mashayekh
  • Ph.D Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2017
    • Thesis title: Study of Conjugate Heat Transfer of a Spark-Ignited Natural Gas Engine Cylinder
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran, 2012
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran, 2009
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Dr. Brandon Tompkins
  • Ph.D Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2015
    • Thesis title: The Characterization of Two-Stage Ignition Effects on Late Injection Low Temperature Combustion Using Biodiesel and Biodiesel Blends.
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2008
    • Thesis title: An Emissions Comparison Between Ultra Low Sulfur Reference Diesel and a 100% Blended Feed Stock Biodiesel in a Direct Injection, Variable Geometry Turbocharged Engine with Exhaust Gas Recirculation.
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, 2005
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Dr. Jiafeng Sun
  • Ph.D Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2014
    • Thesis title: Simultaneous Efficiency, NOx, and Smoke Improvements through Diesel/Gasoline Dual-Fuel Operation in a Diesel Engine.
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University, China, 2002
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University, China, 1999
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Dr. Joshua Bittle
  • Ph.D Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2014
    • Thesis title: Insights into Conventional and Low Temperature Diesel Combustion Using Combustion Trajectory Prediction Model.
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2010
    • Thesis title: Two-Stage Ignition as an Indicator of Low Temperature Combustion in a Late Injection Pre-Mixed Compression Ignition Control Strategy.
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 2008
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Dr. Hoseok Song
  • PhD Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2012
    • Thesis title: Investigation on Nitric Oxide and Soot of Biodiesel and Conventional Diesel Using a Medium Duty Diesel Engine.
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Kansas State University, 2007
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Inha University, Korea, 2004

Masters Students

Ryan Bandura
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2017
    • Thesis title: Simple Zero Dimensional Quasi-Predictive Thermodynamic Simulation for Prediction of NOx for Diesel Combustion
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Rowan University, 2013
Jeff Brown
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2017
    • Thesis title: Implementable Changes to a Large-Bore Single Cylinder Natural Gas Engine for Improved Emissions Performance
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2015
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Aaron Griffin
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2016
    • Thesis title: Combustion Characteristics of a Two­Stroke Large Bore Natural Gas Spark­Ignited Engine.
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2013
Aditya Narayanan
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2014.
    • Thesis title: Investigation of the Difference in Cool Flame Characteristics Between
      Petroleum Diesel and Soybean Biodiesel Operating in Low Temperature Combustion Mode.
  • B.S., Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Tamil Nadu, India, 2011.
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Michael Penny
  • August 2014, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University.
    • Thesis title: Efficiency Improvements with Low Heat Rejection Concepts Applied to Low Temperature Combustion.
  • 2012, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University.
  • Employment: Rolls Royce, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Mr. Michael Kader
  • May 2013, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University.
    • Thesis title: Study of Oil Degradation in Extended Idle Operation of Heavy Duty Vehicles.
  • 2010, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Lamar University.
  • Employment: engineer, John Deere.
Mr. Bryan Knight
  • August 2012, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University.
    • Thesis title: Investigation into the Emissions and Efficiency of Low Temperature Diesel Combustion.
  • 2008, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University.
  • Employment: Engine Development Engineer, Achates Power.
Mr. James McLean
  • August 2011, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University.
    • Thesis title: Injection Timing Effects on Brake Fuel Conversion Efficiency and Engine System’s Responses.
  • 2009, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Alabama.
  • Employment: Ph.D candidate, Texas A&M Turbomachinery Laboratory, College Station, Texas.
Ms. Gurlovleen Rathore
  • August 2010, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Comittee Co-Chaired by Dr. K. R. Rajagopal, Texas A&M University.
    • Thesis title: Formation Kinetics of Nitric Oxide of Biodiesel Relative to
      Petroleum Diesel under Comparable Oxygen Equivalence Ratio in a Homogeneous Reactor.
  • 2007, B.S., Engineering Physics, University of Michigan.
  • Employment: Doctoral student, Interdisciplinary Engineering, Texas A&M University.
Mr. Jason Esquivel
  • December 2008, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University.
    • Thesis title: Performance Characteristics of Biodiesel and Petroleum Diesel Fuelled Medium Duty Diesel Engine.
  • 2002, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida State University.
  • Employment: Engine Development Engineer, John Deere.
Mr. Brandon Tompkins
  • December 2008, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University.
    • Thesis title: Emissions Characteristics of Biodiesel and Petroleum Diesel Fuelled Medium Duty Diesel Engine.
  • 2005, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University.
  • Employment: Development Engineer, MTU America Inc.
Mr. Sushil Oak
  • August 2008, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, co-chair with Dr. J. Caton. Texas A&M University.
    • Thesis title: Second-Law Analysis of Premixed Compression Ignition in a Diesel Engine Using a Thermodynamic Engine Cycle Simulation.
  • July 2006, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Mumbai, India.
  • Employment: mechanical engineer, Schlumberger.
Mr. Rahul Pillai
  • August 2008, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University.
    • Thesis title: Brake Fuel Conversion Efficiency of PCI Combustion in a Light-Duty Diesel Engine.
  • 2005, B.S. Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Mar Athanasius College of Engineering.
Mr. Sidharth Sambashivan
  • August 2008, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Non-Thesis, Texas A&M University.
  • May 2005, B.S., R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore, India.
  • Employment: engineer, Frito Lay R&D.

Undergraduate Students

Tim McDonald
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2015
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  • Nicholle Thelen
  • Zachary Burke
  • Kyle Richter
  • Brad Williams
  • Jesse Younger
  • James (Whit) Wilson
  • Chris Schneider
  • Jeffrey Kurthy
  • Amy Smith
  • Yehia M. Omar