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Cambridge-Combustion Institute Summer School


Chemical Kinetics

Professor Alison Tomlin graduated from a combined honours BSc in Mathematics and the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Leeds in 1987 followed by a PhD in Physical Chemistry at Leeds on the topic of nonlinear chemical kinetic systems. She then pursued Post-doctoral positions first at Leeds and then at Princeton University before joining the Department of Fuel and Energy at Leeds as a lecturer in 1994. Her research interests cover a range of topics from the combustion of alternative fuels, to the air quality impacts of combustion, urban air pollution and city-wide assessments of low carbon renewable potential. She has a particular interest in the development of methods for tracking uncertainties within model predictions. She is a Fellow of the Combustion Institute, and  Editor of the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute.

Optical Diagnostics

Dr Robert Barlow earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1985 and has been at the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Laboratories since 1987.  Hehas authored more than 120 publications on laser diagnostics and turbulent combustion, with emphasis on fundamental aspects of turbulence-chemistry interaction, and was the founder and leader of the TNF Workshop meetings.  He has served as editor or editorial board member of the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Combustion Theory and Modelling, Flow Turbulence and Combustion, and Progress in Energy and Combustion Science.  He was also the 2014 recipient of the Alfred C. EgertonGold Medal of the Combustion Institute.


Bill Jones is Professor of Combustion in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London.  He completed his PhD at Imperial College and successively became a research Fellow in the Technische Hochschule, Aachen, a section leader in the Combustion Department of Rolls-Royce Ltd and, from 1977, a member of the teaching faculty of Imperial College London.  Bill has been active in Combustion and Turbulence Research for many years, and has published extensively in the fields of turbulence, combustion modelling and CFD.  The current activities of Bill and co-workers include Combustion Large Eddy Simulation (LES), the development of PDF transport equation methods for turbulent combustion, the development of CFD tools for practical combustion systems and the modelling of turbulence.


Dr Jacqueline Chen is a Distinguished Member of technical staff at the Combustion Research Facility of Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, where she has worked for over 35 years.  She holds a BSc in engineering from Ohio State University, a MS in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.  She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, for her contributions to the computational simulation of turbulent reacting flows with complex chemistry.  She is a Fellow of the Combustion Institute and recipient of the Bernard Lewis Gold Medal for excellence in combustion research.  Her combustion research focuses on petascale direct numerical simulations (DNS) of turbulent combustion and fundamental turbulence-chemistry interactions. She and her collaborators have discovered new physical insights related to turbulent premixed and stratified flame propagation, preferential diffusion, intrinsic flame instabilities, lifted flame stabilization in (non)heated flows, reactive scalar mixing, compression ignition and flashback in boundary layers.


Professor Christian Hasse is Professor of the Institute for Simulation of Reactive Thermo-Fluid Systems. He holds a PhD from RWTH Aachen (2004). He is well-known for his work in DNS, LES and RANS simulations of laminar and turbulent combustion, from gas turbines to reciprocating internal combustion engines, from coal and spray simulations, and has been a keynote speaker at a number of recent large conferences in the field. He has spent a number of years in engine development at BMW, and brings significant experience in practical and fundamental aspects of simulations.  


Professor Guillermo Rein is Professor of Fire Science at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Imperial College London and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Fire Technology. His research is centred on heat transfer, combustion and fire. The purpose of his work is to reduce the worldwide burden of accidental fires and protect people, their property, and the environment. He studied Mechanical Engineering at University of California at Berkeley, and ICAI Universidad Pontificia Comillas. He joined Imperial College in 2012 from the School of Engineering of the University of Edinburgh. His work has been recognised internationally with a number of research awards (e.g. 2018 SFPE Guise Medal, 2017 The Engineer Collaborate-to-Innovate Prize, 2017 Combustion Institute Sugden Award, 2016 SFPE Lund Award).




Dr Andy Aspden joined Newcastle University in January 2017 as a Lecturer of Thermofluid Dynamics.  He obtained an MMath from the University of Oxford in 2002, followed by a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 2006. He was awarded a Glenn T Seaborg Fellowship at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he was a member of the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering for five years. He was previously a Lecturer at the University of Southampton, Cranfield University, and the University of Portsmouth. His research involves mathematical analysis and high-fidelity three-dimensional numerical simulation to study the fundamentals of turbulence and combustion to enable the development and validation of engineering models that can be used to design efficient low-emission combustor technology for transport and power generation. He received the Gaydon Award from the UK section of the Combustion Institute.