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Aerospace Professor James Driscoll named Fellow of The Combustion Institute

Congratulations to Professor James Driscoll on being named a Fellow of The Combustion Institute | Short Read
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Arthur B. Modine Professor James Driscoll was elected as 2018 Fellow of The Combustion Institute, an international society which promotes education and science in the field of combustion. Fellows must be active participants in The Institute and are elected annually by a committee. Regarding Professor Driscoll, the Institute cites “brilliant research on the structure of turbulent flames through careful measurements in laboratory burners and practical combustors.” 

In addition to turbulent combustion, Professor Driscoll is interested in supersonic combustion and reducing pollution from fuels. His research into green combustion mainly focuses on reducing nitric oxide emissions and exploring clean hydrogen fuel. At the University of Michigan, he leads the Propulsion and Combustion Engineering Laboratory, where he pushes the boundary of propulsion science and trains the next generation of propulsion researchers. “I’m especially proud of students who have gone on to become professors and researchers at national labs,” Said the Professor. He also praised his fellow faculty members in the Michigan Aerospace propulsion group. 

Beyond the University of Michigan, Professor Driscoll supports combustion research as president of the Combustion Institute. In that role, he promotes research into zero and low carbon fuels and pollution reduction, some of which he conducts at Michigan. The Combustion Institute also publishes research to develop fire prediction models, used to fight fires in cities and forests. In addition to his scientific priorities, Professor Driscoll stresses the value of international collaboration facilitated by The Institute, which connects 6,000 scientists and engineers from thirty countries.    

Quoting from Professor Driscoll’s Combustion Institute President’s Welcome, the areas of research in combustion science are “challenging and interdisciplinary, and lead to benefits for society.” His election to Fellow highlights his contributions to that research. 


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