Dr 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, models and 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” and the Editor in Chief (with Pr F. Egolfopoulos, USC) of Combustion and Flame.
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).
Richard A. Yetter is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He received his PhD from Princeton University and has conducted research in high temperature combustion chemistry, heterogeneous combustion, and energetic materials for over thirty years. He currently serves as editor-in-chief of Combustion Science and Technology.
Mike Pilling received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry in Cambridge 1967. He first worked in Oxford University and was appointed Professor of Physical Chemistry at Leeds in 1989. Professor Pilling has worked extensively in chemical kinetics for over 40 years; his research interests center on fundamental chemical kinetics and applications in atmospheric chemistry and combustion. Professor Pilling was the Chairman of the UK Air Quality Expert Group, Head of the Composition Directorate of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and President of the Faraday Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has published over 300 papers and has received a number of awards, including a CBE in 2008.