The Combustion Institute
Quarterly newsletter for the advancement of combustion science
Vol. 4, No. 1 - January 2019
Update from the CI Office

Meet the Newest Members of the CI Office Team

The Combustion Institute office continues to expand to meet the needs of our members and to support and promote the advancement of combustion research and science. We are very excited to welcome two new staff members to our CI Office Team.


Renny Tassari joins us as our new Office Manager.

Renny comes to us with over 25 years of administrative and office management experience. While she is formally trained as a lawyer, the bulk of her experience rests in the successful running of multi-physician medical practices. Through her training, Renny has developed strong leadership skills and excels at facilitating team building and an open work environment. One of her greatest passions is assessing organizational and situational challenges and formulating solutions. Renny looks forward to working with all CI members to support the research and development of combustion technology.


Katy Petrashune recently came on board as our Website Facilitator.

Katy is passionate about enhancing business communication across channels and facilitating the development of professional relationships. Katy brings unique perspectives to the team as she has lived and worked in the Silicon Valley, Manila, Hong Kong, and now Pittsburgh. She is excited to have the opportunity to develop CI’s website and other online communication networks to enhance the CI office’s administration and to optimize interaction with members. Outside of work, Katy volunteers with the City of Pittsburgh's Community Emergency Response Team, races dragon boats with the Pittsburgh Paddlefish, and explores Pittsburgh's steampunk neighborhoods on long urban hikes.
-Barb Waronek, Executive Administrator

CI Announcements and Events

New Editorial Board Members:  Combustion and Flame

We are pleased to announce the newest members appointed to the editorial board of Combustion and

Flame (CNF): 


  • Maria U. Alzueta, University of Zaragoza, Spain
  • Benedicte Cuenot, CERFACS, France
  • Tina Kasper, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Joseph Lefkowitz, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  • Jeffrey Sutton, Ohio State University, United States
  • Hirotatsu Watanabe, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

We are grateful for their willingness to serve and look forward to their advice and assistance as we continue the production of CNF.

Proceedings of the Combustion Institute (PROCI) Availability Information


The print run for PROCI, Volume 37 is now ready. After a record number of submissions, the newest volume will contain over 630 papers. Elsevier will ship the printed volumes to those who ordered, by the end of January 2019. If you do not receive your printed copy by early March, please contact the CI Office for assistance. 

11th US National Combustion Meeting

The US National Combustion Meeting, organized by the joint US Sections of The Combustion Institute and hosted by Caltech, USC, and the Western States Section, will convene 24 March through 27 March 2019 in Pasedena, CA, USA. 
Online Course - Fundamentals of Turbulent Combustion

This online course describes the fundamental elements required to understand modern tools for combustion simulation and covers the first six chapters of the textbook Theoretical and numerical combustion by Poinsot and Veynante. The course is split into 6 weeks, from 1 April 2019 through 13 May 2019. 
International Multidimensional Engine Modeling Meeting

The International Multidimensional Engine Modeling User's Group Meeting at the SAE Congress is organized in association with the Engine Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan Technological University and will be held in Downtown Detroit, Michigan, USA on 8 April 2019. 
9th European Combustion Meeting

The 9th European Combustion Meeting (ECM 2019) will take place in Lisboa, Portugal from 
14 April 2019 through 17 April 2019.
9th International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards

The 9th International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards, hosted by the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) and the Gefest company, will convene 21
 April through 26 April 2019 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

First Australian Combustion Summer School
The ACSS-2018 First Australian Combustion Summer School was held at the University of Sydney from 16-21 December 2018. It was attended by 73 applicants from twelve countries. For more information and notes from the daily lectures visit the webpage. 
Attendees of ACSS-2018 during the
farewell gathering
2019 Summer School Updates
Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and other interested parties are encouraged to attend CI-SS programs. Participants will have the opportunity to receive an intensive educational experience. Dates for the 2019 CI-SS programs are as follows:
  • Princeton University, United States (23-28 June 2019)
  • University of Cambridge, Great Britain (7-12 July 2019)
  • Tsinghua University, China (July 2019)
  • 1st Asia-Pacificic CI-SS, Chile (Oct/Nov 2019)

Additional information on each of the 2019 CI-SS programs will be distributed as it  becomes available.
Universities, sections, and other qualified organizations are encouraged to submit proposals. Please consult the guidelines or contact the CI office for more information.
Proposals for 2020 Combustion Institute-Summer Schools are due 31 March 2019. 

International Symposia on Combustion
Enjoy a walk down memory lane as you browse through the many photographs
from the 37th International Symposium
on Combustion. Videos of the Hottel and Plenary lectures are also available
for viewing
Distinguished Papers Announced

We are pleased to announce the  Distinguished Papers from the 37th Symposium in Dublin have been selected. These papers will now be reviewed by the Silver Medal Committee. Announcement of the medal selection will be made at the 38th Symposium in Adelaide in 2020. Congratulations to all of the authors!

Watch for an email to down load the papers for free between the months of February and April. We appreciate the support of Elsevier in this effort to make these papers available, at no charge, to all of our members.

As we begin the new year, the Program Co-Chairs and planning committee are hard at work to bring you an exciting agenda for the 2020 meeting in Adelaide, Australia.

Advancements in Combustion

CI member Timothy C. Lieuwen receives multiple honors in 2018


Timothy C. Lieuwen has been selected by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers to receive the 2018 George Westinghouse Gold Medal. Dr. Lieuwen was also named to the National Academy of Engineering and recognized as a Regents Professor at Georgia Tech in 2018. Click here to read more about Dr. Lieuwen's many achievements. 


Sandia recognizes six Combustion Research Facility members

CRF awards recipients from left to right: 

Brian Patterson, Paul Schrader, Hope Michelsen, Scott Skeen, Lyle Pickett, and Rainer Dahms.

(Photo by  Michael Padilla)

The Combustion Research Facility (CRF) of Sandia Laboratories honored six researchers at the 2018 awards ceremony on 6 December 2018. All six of the honorees are active contributors to

The Combustion Institute. Hope Michelsen and Paul Schrader received the O.W. Adams Award, which honors exemplary contributions to the research program of the CRF. Rainer Dahms, Lyle Pickett, and Scott Skeen received the E.K. Bastress Award, which recognizes a significant contribution to a strong and effective coupling of combustion research programs to the needs of United States industries. Brian Patterson received the H.R. Hencken Award which honors demonstrated outstanding technical innovation and meticulous laboratory work in support of the research at the CRF. Click here for more in-depth information about the awards

and honorees.

The Combustion Society of Japan bestows major awards upon its members

The Combustion Society of Japan bestowed a number of major scientific awards during the 56th Symposium (Japanese) on Combustion held in Osaka Japan, 14-16 November 2018.

The International Prize for distinguished contributions to the international and Japanese combustion research community was awarded to Yiguang Ju (Robert Porter Patterson Professor and The Director of Sustainable Energy Program, Princeton University, USA).

The Distinguished Achievement Award was presented to Koichi Hayashi (Professor Emreritus, Aoyama Gakuin University) and to Saburo Yuasa (Visiting Professor, Tokyo Metropolitan University).

Best Paper Awards
were granted to the following papers:


  • Yoshito Umeda, Hiroshi Yamashita, Katsuo Asato, and Yuji Nakamura. "Evaluation of Combustion Characteristics of Methane/Hydrogen Mixture by Counterflow Flames,"  Journal of the Combustion Society of Japan, Vol.60 No.191 (2018), pp. 53-64 (in Japanese).
  • Woo Kyung Kim, Toshio Mogi, Kazunori Kuwana, and Ritsu Dobashi. "Self-similar propagation of expanding spherical flames in large scale gas explosions,"  Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 2015. 35(2): pp. 2051-2058.
  • Eiichi Takahashi, Akira Kuramochi, and Makihito Nishioka. "Turbulent flame propagation enhancement by application of dielectric barrier discharge to fuel-air mixtures,"  Combustion and Flame, 192 (2018): pp. 401-409.

Young Researcher Awards
were presented to:


  • Tsuneyoshi Matsuoka (Toyohashi University of Technology),
  • Masayasu Shimura (Tokyo Institute of Technology), and
  • Masahiro Uchida (IHI Corporation).

Industrial Achievement Awards
were bestowed:


  • For the Development of Variable Compression Ratio Engine: Shuji Kojima, Shinichi Kiga, Katsuya Moteki, Kazuya Matsuoka, and Eiji Takahashi (NISSAN Motor Corporation); and
  • For the Development of Turbo-charged Gasoline Engine for Large Motorcycle: Satoaki Ichi, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Shohei Naruka, Kazuki Arima, and Masahito Saito (KAWASAKI Heavy Industries, Ltd.).

Putting the squeeze on soot

Running diesel engines and gas turbines at high pressure to boost power output and efficiency is harmful for the environment. Burning fuel at high pressure can significantly change the soot particles that are produced, William Roberts from the KAUST Clean Combustion Research Center and his team have shown. Studying the factors affecting soot formation should lead to new ways to curb soot emissions, says Hafiz Amin, Research Associate at Imperial College London. Read the full article here

Researchers devise 3-D printer that can make energetic materials safer, more environmentally friendly

Purdue University researchers have devised a method of 3-D printing that can produce energetic materials with fine geometric features faster and with less expense than traditional methods, while also being safer and more environmentally friendly. Learn more on the website.  

Tackling greenhouse gases

MIT researchers are working on a myriad of technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions across every industry. Many faculty are looking at sustainable energy.

In addition to exploring sustainable forms of energy that do not require fossil fuels, a number of faculty members in MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering are turning to technologies that store, capture, convert, and minimize greenhouse gas emissions using very different approaches. You can find the article by Mary Beth O'Leary here


Fire researchers conducted special tests to learn how to protect thatched-roof structures from spreading fires. These first-ever tests were performed in Japan's National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster, using a firebrand generator in a wind facility specifically designed for fire experiments. More information and the full article can be found on the website

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