Dr. Andrea Strzelec

Dr. Andrea Strzelec is the Program Director for the Master of Engineering in Engine Systems, Polymer Engineering and Power Engineering programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering Office of Engineering Professional Development. In addition, she works closely with the UW Nuclear Reactor Director Robert Agasie on developing Neutron Radiography capabilities at the UWNR. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Mississippi State University and Texas A&M University, after post-doc fellowships at PNNL and ORNL.

Her research interests are in the area of reaction characterization for combustion, exhaust aftertreatment, neutron imaging, and sustainable energy. She has been PI (7), Co-PI (2) or Co-I (5) of 14 sponsored research projects totaling ~$1.85M, with ~$775k pro-rated to her. Her work has been published in Topics in Catalysis, Energy & Fuels, Fuel, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A, and International Journal of Engine Research. Dr. Strzelec has recently co-authored (with fellow UW alum Dr. John Kasab, AVL) a book for SAE Automotive Emissions Regulations and Exhaust Aftertreatment Systems

Dr. Strzelec is the Chair of the SAE Exhaust Aftertreatment & Emissions Committee and Vice-Chair of the SAE Powertrain Fuels & Lubricants Committee. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Emissions Control Science & Technology and is a Review Editor for Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering Engine and Automotive Engineering. Additionally, she is active in several organizations, including: the Society of Automotive Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Chemical Society and CLEERS. 

Dr. Strzelec teaches graduate courses in thermodynamics, internal combustion engines, exhaust aftertreatment, combustion science, automotive engineering, and heat transfer. She has also taught undergraduate courses in automotive engineering, internal combustion engines, thermodynamics, heat transfer, thermal fluids analysis and design, and senior capstone design. 

Honors & Awards 

2021 National Academy of Engineers German-American Frontiers of Engineering

2020 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award

2019 Powertrain, Fuels & Lubricants SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation Award

2018 World Congress SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation Award

2016 Society of Automotive Engineers Forest R. McFarland Award for Service  

2015 Texas A&M Mechanical Engineering Department, Brittan Undergraduate Teaching Award

2015 Society of Automotive Engineers Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award

2013 Pi Tau Sigma Honorary Inductee

2010 World Congress SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation Award

2009 Fall Powertrain, Fuels & Lubricants SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation Award

2001 UW-Madison Chemical Engineering R.A. Ragatz Award for Teaching Assistant Excellence

 

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RECENT & UPCOMING EVENTS

Dr. Strzelec is pleased to continue serving as an adviser to the Mississippi State team in the USDOE/GM/Mathworks EcoCAR:Mobility Challenge

 

Dr. Strzelec is profiled on www.HugYourEngine.com

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Announcing the release of SAE R477: Automotive Emissions Regulations and Exhaust Aftertreatment

See Dr. Strzelec present "Dirty is in the Details" as part of the Wisconsin Energy Institute Sustainable Energy Seminar Series

 

Dr. Strzelec was invited to the 2021 NAE German-American Frontiers of Engineering Meeting! She was a co-moderator of the Sustainability and Life Cycle Analysis for Transportation Energy breakout session.

 
 
 
 

Dr. Strzelec appeared on PBS Wisconsin (4/26/21 at 9p) as part of the University Place series. Catch up with the video here:

 
 

RESEARCH ARTICLES & VIDEOS 

 

WHIZZLEMAN MEDIA

WHIZZLEMAN MEDIA

NSF ICORPS Team 523: Portable Emissions Catalyst Characterization Instrument (Summer 2015)

NSF Grant #1550005

Dr. Andrea Strzelec, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, is the director of the Combustion and Reaction Characterization Laboratory (CRCL) where she and her graduate students are focused on further reducing the pollution from automotive exhaust via their research on exhaust aftertreatment devices.

Air pollution remains a major health hazard for our nation despite significant improvement in the U.S. air quality since the passage of the Clean Air Act and formation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970. Globally, air pollution is the largest environmental risk to human health. It rivals known risk factors including smoking, alcohol use and malnutrition. Technological improvements such as catalytic converters and particulate filters have yielded immense health benefits, but many challenges remain.

WHIZZLEMAN MEDIA

NSF ICORPS Team 623: Unmanned Emissions Monitoring (Winter 2016) NSF Grant #1623875