Dr. Vincent McDonell

Dr. Vincent McDonell is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC Irvine and is Director of the UCI Combustion Laboratory. He has over 30 years of experience in the design, operation, and characterization of continuous combustion systems and associated components, which has been documented in over 90 publications and over 200 papers. Vincent has contributed to several books and recently authored the 2nd edition of the book Atomization and Sprays. His research interests include laser diagnostics and simulations applied to both liquid and gaseous fueled combustion systems. He has developed and evolved extensive experimental facilities to support research ranging from basic science to practical configurations.

Dr. McDonell’s recent research has focused on how renewable fuels affect the performance and operation of combustion systems used in consumer appliances, industrial devices, and gas turbines. Of particular interest is the impact that hydrogen has on the performance of these devices. He is currently on the editorial board of the journals Atomization and Sprays and the ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power. As an Adjunct Professor, he regularly teaches courses on Combustion and Fuel Cell practical systems, Advanced Combustion Technology, and Design of Experiments. He also leads the industry sponsored Capstone Project courses associated with UCI’s professional Master of Engineering program.

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