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Principal Investigator
Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Associate Professor
2401 Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences
(319) 384-0883

Prof Albert Ratner is the PI for Combustion Instability Lab and Droplet Combustion Lab, and is also the Engineering Director for BRAHMA Labs. 

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Current graduate students under the supervision of Prof Albert Ratner

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Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Department of Surgery

Current Undergraduate Students

Current undergraduate students under the supervision of Prof Albert Ratner

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Former PhD Students

Former PhD students under the supervision of Prof Albert Ratner

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Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former PhD Student

Date completed: 12/12

Research Topic: Pressure Induced Flame Instability

Awards (Award, year): Combustion Institute Travel Fund (09)

Current position: Whirlpool – Benton Harbor, MI

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former PhD Student

Date completed: 08/16

Research Topic: Droplet Combustion

Awards (Award, year):UI Outstanding TA Award (2016)

Current position: Assistant Professor at Wilkes University

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former PhD Student

Joined in: Fall 2004

Undergraduate Major: Mechanical Engineering

School: Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Research Topic: Burner Combustion Instability

Current position: Chinese National Academy of Sciences 

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former PhD Student

Date completed: 05/16

Research Topic: Biomass Gasification

Awards (Award, year):T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Fellowship (15)

Current position: Assistant Professor at St. Ambrose University

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former PhD Student

Date completed: 08/12

Research Topic: Diesel Spray Behavior

Current position: Whirlpool - Amana Refrigeration

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former PhD Student

Semester Began: Fall 2012

Date Completed : 08/17

Research Topic: Hydrogen Linked Instability

Current Position: Post-Doc at University of Missouri


 

 

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former PhD Student
Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former PhD Student

Joined in: Fall 2006

Undergraduate Major: Thermal Engineering

School: Tsinghua University, China

Research Topic: CFD- Reduced Order Combustion Modeling

Current Position: Pierburg US, LLC KSPG Automotive

Former MS Students

Former MS students under the supervision of Prof Albert Ratner

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Former MS Student, Former Undergraduate Students

Semester Began: Fall 2005

Date completed: 12/07

Research Topic: Droplet Impact Dynamics

Awards (Award, year):

Stewart Scholarship (05)

GSS Travel Funds (07)

Current position: PhD Program @ U Virginia

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former MS Student

Semester Began: Spr 2012

Date completed: 12/14

Research Topic: LDI Burner

Current position: PSM Inc.

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former MS Student

Semester Began: Fall 2007

Date completed: 05/09

Research Topic: Corn Gasification and Combustion

Awards (Award, year): Combustion Institute Travel Fund (09)

Current position: Sargent & Lundy Inc.

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former MS Student

Semester Began: Spr 2012

Date completed: 05/14

Research Topic: Stoker Boiler Modeling

Current position: US Airforce

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former MS Student

Semester Began: Fall 2005

Date completed: 05/07

Research Topic: High Pressure Drop Behavior for Water

Current position: Trane Inc.

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former MS Student

Semester Began: Spr 2004

Date completed: 05/06

Research Topic: Flame Curvature

Current position: UTRC

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former MS Student

Semester Began: Fall 2005

Date completed: 07/07

Research Topic: High Pressure Drop Behavior for Mixtures

Current position: Working in Turkey

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former MS Student

Semester Began: Sum 2010

Date completed: 05/12

Research Topic: Low Swirl Burner

Awards (Award, year):

Current position: ClearSign Combustion

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former MS Student

Semester Began: Spr 2013

Date completed: 05/14

Research Topic: Combustion Instability

Current position: Raytheon

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former MS Student

Semester Began: Spr 2008

Date completed: 12/09

Research Topic: Diesel Drop Dynamics

Current position: GE Gas Turbines

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former MS Student

Semester Began: Spr 2009

Date completed: 05/11

Research Topic: Biomass Material Analysis

Current position: Deere Inc.

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former MS Student

Semester Began: Fall 2011

Date completed: 05/13

Research Topic: Biomass Gasification

Current position: Sargent & Lundy Inc.

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former MS Student

Semester Began: Spr 2016

Date completed: 12/16

Research Topic: Fuel Coking

Current position: 

Environmental Systems Design Inc.

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former MS Student

Semester Began: Sum 2010

Date completed: 12/12

Research Topic: Oakdale Power Plant Optimization

Current position: John Deere

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former MS Student
Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former MS Student

Semester Began: Spr 2009

Date completed: 12/10

Research Topic: Biomass Gasification

Current position: Caterpillar Inc.

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Former MS Student, Former Undergraduate Students

Semester Began: Fall 2004

Date completed: 05/06

Research Topic: Oat Hull Combustion (non-thesis)

Current position: Cummins Inc.

Former Post-Docs

Former Post-Doctoral Associates supervised by Prof Albert Ratner

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Former Post-Doctoral Fellow
Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Past Post-Doctoral Scholars
Former Post-Doctoral Fellow
Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
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Former Post-Doctoral Fellow
Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Past Post-Doctoral Scholars

Visiting Faculty & Researchers

Visiting faculty and researchers hosted by Prof Albert Ratner

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Former Visiting Researcher
Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Past Visiting Faculty/Researchers
Former Visiting Faculty
Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Past Visiting Faculty/Researchers

Date: 01/07-06/07

University: Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Project Description: Combustion Instability

Former Visiting Faculty
Past Visiting Faculty/Researchers

Date: 11/15-12/15

Project Description: Biomass Combustion

University: Federal University of Brazil - Itajuba

Former Visiting Faculty
Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Past Visiting Faculty/Researchers

Date: 07/08-12/08

Project Description: Combustion Instability

University: Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey

Undergraduate Student Project Supervision by Prof Albert Ratner

Duration Student Project Description Awards
Sum 2004 – Fall 2006 Brett Bathel Droplet Impact Behavior IREU Fellow, Stewart Scholarship
Sum 2004 – Spr 2005 Michael Husinga Drop Impact Analysis  
Sum 2004 – Spr 2005 Neena Stephen Droplet Data Reduction  
Sum 2004 – Fall 2004 Lucas Johnson Droplet Data Reduction  
Sum 2004 – Spr 2005 Matt Mucci Drop Impact Testing  
Sum 2005 – Fall 2005 Nate Smith Laser/Plasma Cutting  
Fall 2005 – Spr 2006 Josh Heacock SAE Baha Car Dynamics  
Fall 2005 – Spr 2006 Eric Spurgeon Biomass Lit. Review Student Honor’s Project
Sum 2006 – Spr 2007 Kevin O’Donnell Oat Hull Combustion  
Sum 2006 Kevin Langan Droplet Impact Analysis  
Sum 2007 – Spr 2008 Andrej Lenert Biomass Gasification ICRU Fellow, NSF Graduate Fellowship
Spr 2007 – Fall 2008 Taleb Salameh Glycerin & Diesel Comb. IEC Scholarship, MEURA
Sum 2007 Michael Parrott Biomass Gasification  
Fall 2007 – Fall 2008 Eric DeCristofaro Biomass Gasification MEURA
Fall 2007 – Fall 2010 Jean Dochterman (formerly Inglin) Biomass Gasification MEURA
Sum 2008 – Fall 2008 Joe Beitelspacher Drop Impact Testing  
Fall 2008 – Spr 2010 Brian Sulak Diesel Engine Analysis  
Fall 2008 – Spr 2010 John Hennigan Biomass Gasification MEURA, NASA Coop
Sum 2011 Brett Hiller Biomass Assessment McNair Fellow
Sum 2011 Tim Gentry Combustion Instability  
Fall 2011 – Fall 2012 Zicheng Gong Large-Scale Gasification  
Spr 2012 – Fall 2012 Larry LeBlanc Lab-Scale Gasification  
Sum 2012 Samarth Vats Biomass Combustion Modeling  
Fall 2012 – Fall 2013 Tejasvi Sharma Corn Gasification Transitioned to MS
Spr 2013 – Fall 2014 Jared Becker Drop Ignition  
Sum 2013 Jose Guadarrama Biomass Modeling McNair Fellow
Sum 2013 Elspeth Peterson Biomass GC Characterization  
Sum 2013 Yubo (Amy) Zhou Biomass Heater Addition  
Fall 2013 – Fall 2016 Ben Karkow Combustion Instability  
Spr 2014 – Fall 2016 Kayla Racinowski Swirl Burner Behavior  
Spr 2014 – Sum 2015 Kenneth Vierck Hydrogen Combustion  
Sum 2014 Daniel Lin POD Flame Analysis  
Sum 2014 Christopher Murphy-Veigelt Combustion Instability High School Student
Sum 2014 Shreshtee Yadav Combustion of Polymer Added Drops  
Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 Jesse Thomas Corn Gasification  
Sum 2015 Tiffany Roles Gasification Modeling  
Sum 2015 – Fall 2016 Brittney Wilmington Gasification Performance Poster Presentation Award
Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 Kayla Denson Droplet Combustion  
Fall 2015 – Present Nathaniel Weger Combustion Behavior  
Fall 2017 – Present Xing Xing Magnetic Power Transfer  
Fall 2017 – Present Stephen Pitts Fuel Characterization  
Fall 2017 – Present Ross Schmaltz ECMO Fluid Mechanics