• Research

    Heat transfer in reciprocating machines
    Droplet breakup in two-phase flows
    Pulse-tube engines/refrigerators
    Plasma-jet ignitors at low equivalence ratio
    High-energy ignition for reducing cold-start emissions
    Ejector-expansion refrigeration system
    Bioremediation treatment of medical waste
  • Publications

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  • Professional History

    1997-2008, Associate Director, Energy Management Institute, Virginia Tech
    1989-1995, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
    1985-1989, Research Assistant, MIT Cryogenic Engineering Laboratory, Cambridge, MA
    1979-1983, Managing Partner, Great Florida Circus, Wildwood, FL
    1974-1979, Engineer, Lockwood-Greene Engineers, Inc., New York, NY
    1973-1974, Design Engineer, Gibbs & Cox, Inc., New York, NY
  • Awards and Honors

    1997 – SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award


Sc.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989
M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1973
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1973

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Blacksburg, VA 24061

Alan Kornhauser

Associate Professor