Dr. Andrea Strzelec
Dr. Andrea Strzelec is the Program Director for the Masters of Engineering in Engine Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She re-joined UW-Madison in 2019. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Mississippi State University and Texas A&M University, after post doctoral fellowships at Pacific Northwest and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. She received her Ph.D. in Combustion Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009.
Dr. Strzelec teaches graduate courses in Thermal Systems Engineering (Fall 2019), internal combustion engines, exhaust aftertreatment and combustion science. She has also taught undergraduate courses in automotive engineering, internal combustion engines, thermodynamics, heat transfer, thermal fluids analysis and design, and senior capstone design. She is the recipient of the 2015 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award and the Texas A&M Mechanical Engineering 2015 Brittian Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Dr. Strzelec’s research interests are in the area of combustion and heterogeneous reaction kinetics and characterization with specific focus on automotive emissions aftertreatment; low temperature catalysis; particulate filtration; pyrolysis; and remediation of hydrocarbon contamination. 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.
Dr. Strzelec's work has been published in top journals, including Topics in Catalysis, Energy & Fuels, Fuel, and International Journal of Engine Research. In addition, along with co-author Dr. John Kasab of AVL, she is preparing a book for SAE on Automotive Emissions Regulations and Exhaust Aftertreatment Systems.
Dr. Strzelec is the Chair of the SAE Exhaust Aftertreatment & Emissions Committee and 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. She was recognized for her service with the 2016 SAE Forrest R. McFarland Service Award.
RECENT & UPCOMING EVENTS
2018: Two new publications in Chemical Engineering Journal and RSC Advances
Dr. Srzelec awarded 2018 SAE World Congress
Excellence in Oral Presentation Award
CRCL PhD student Pengze Yang presents "Throat Unit Collector Model for GPF Performance"
Mississippi State is one of 12 universities participating in USDOE/GM/Mathworks EcoCAR:Mobility Challenge
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MY LATEST RESEARCH
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.
NSF ICORPS Team 623: Unmanned Emissions Monitoring (Winter 2016) NSF Grant #1623875