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Principal Investigator

Dr. Timothy J. Jacobs
  • Professor and Steve Bauer, Jr. '02 Faculty Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Director, Interdisciplinary Engineering for Graduate and Undergraduate Programs
  • Co-Director, Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation

Current Students

Doctoral Students

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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Tim Kroeger
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2017
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2015
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Masters Students

Kevin Wallace Forrest Pommier Taylor Linker

Undergraduate Students

Yvonne Chukwu
  • Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, Class of 2019
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Katy Armitage Jacob Nowlin

Alumni

Doctoral Students

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
Dr. Jue Li
  • Ph.D Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2016
  • M.S. Engineering Thermophysics, Jilin University, China, 2012
  • B.S. Power & Mechanical Engineering, Jilin University, China, 2009
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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
  • Ph.D 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

Mr. Ben McKeathen
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2018
    • Thesis title: Diesel Fuel Cetane Number Effects on Engine Efficiency and Emissions
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Coast Guard Academy, 2014
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Ms. Kelsey Fieseler
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A& University, 2018
    • Thesis title: Simulation Development of a Large Bore Two Stroke Integral Compressor Engine to Study Variable Natural Gas Composition Effects
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2016
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Mr. 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
Mr. 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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Mr. Aaron Griffin
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2016
    • Thesis title: Combustion Characteristics of a Two-Stroke Large Bore Natural Gas Spark-Ignited Engine.
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2013
Mr. 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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Mr. Michael Penny
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2014
    • Thesis title: Efficiency Improvements with Low Heat Rejection Concepts Applied to Low Temperature Combustion.
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2012
  • Employment: Rolls Royce, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Mr. Michael Kader
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2013
    • Thesis title: Study of Oil Degradation in Extended Idle Operation of Heavy Duty Vehicles.
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Lamar University, 2010
  • Employment: engineer, John Deere.
Mr. Bryan Knight
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2012
    • Thesis title: Investigation into the Emissions and Efficiency of Low Temperature Diesel Combustion.
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2008
  • Employment: Engine Development Engineer, Achates Power.
Mr. James McLean
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2011
    • Thesis title: Injection Timing Effects on Brake Fuel Conversion Efficiency and Engine System’s Responses.
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Alabama, 2009
  • Employment: Ph.D candidate, Texas A&M Turbomachinery Laboratory, College Station, Texas.
Ms. Gurlovleen Rathore
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Comittee Co-Chaired by Dr. K. R. Rajagopal, Texas A&M University, 2010
    • Thesis title: Formation Kinetics of Nitric Oxide of Biodiesel Relative to
      Petroleum Diesel under Comparable Oxygen Equivalence Ratio in a Homogeneous Reactor.
  • B.S. Engineering Physics, University of Michigan, 2007
  • Employment: Doctoral student, Interdisciplinary Engineering, Texas A&M University.
Mr. Jason Esquivel
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2008
    • Thesis title: Performance Characteristics of Biodiesel and Petroleum Diesel Fuelled Medium Duty Diesel Engine.
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Florida State University, 2002
  • Employment: Engine Development Engineer, John Deere.
Mr. Brandon Tompkins
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2008
    • Thesis title: Emissions Characteristics of Biodiesel and Petroleum Diesel Fuelled Medium Duty Diesel Engine.
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, 2005
  • Employment: Development Engineer, MTU America Inc.
Mr. Sushil Oak
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, co-chair with Dr. J. Caton. Texas A&M University, 2008
    • Thesis title: Second-Law Analysis of Premixed Compression Ignition in a Diesel Engine Using a Thermodynamic Engine Cycle Simulation.
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Mumbai, India, 2006
  • Employment: mechanical engineer, Schlumberger.
Mr. Rahul Pillai
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2008
    • Thesis title: Brake Fuel Conversion Efficiency of PCI Combustion in a Light-Duty Diesel Engine.
  • B.S. Tech Mechanical Engineering, Mar Athanasius College of Engineering, 2005
Mr. Sidharth Sambashivan
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Non-Thesis, Texas A&M University, 2008
  • B.S., R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore, India, 2005
  • Employment: engineer, Frito Lay R&D.

Undergraduate Students

Mr. Tim McDonald Mr. Cole Frazier

Mr. Josh Tremblay

Ms. Gabrielle Adams

Ms. Nicholle Thelen

Mr. Zachary Burke

Mr. Kyle Richter

Mr. Brad Williams

Mr. Jesse Younger

Mr. James (Whit) Wilson

Mr. Chris Schneider

Mr. Jeffrey Kurthy

Ms. Amy Smith