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Dr. Andrea Strzelec, FSAE


Dr. Andrea Strzelec is a Senior Research Scientist at USCAR and also has a small appointment as an Associate Research Scientist in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear & Engineering Physics. She teaches professional development short courses in the areas of thermodynamics, and exhaust aftertreatment. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Mississippi State University and Texas A&M University, after post doctoral fellowships at PNNL and ORNL.

Dr. Strzelec's research interests are in chemical reaction characterization for renewable fuels, exhaust emissions and aftertreatment, life cycle analysis of transportation energy, and neutron imaging. 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 co-authored a book for SAE Automotive Emissions Regulations and Exhaust Aftertreatment SystemsAdditionally, she works closely with the UW Nuclear Reactor Director Robert Agasie on developing Neutron Radiography capabilities at the UWNR.

Dr. Strzelec is the Chair of the SAE Energy & Propulsion Activity, on the Executive Committee for the ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Emissions Control Science & Technology. She was selected to the NAE German-American Frontiers of Engineering in 2021 and elected an SAE Fellow in 2022.

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 

2022 Fellow, Society of Automotive Engineers 

2022 Member, SAE Top Contributor Class

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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Dr. Strzelec was pleased to advise the Mississippi State team in the USDOE, GM, and Mathworks sponsored EcoCAR: Mobility Challenge


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! In addition, 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:


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2024 Upcoming Events

ASME ICEF (with CLEERS) October 20-23

SAE Energy & Propulsion November 12-14 


Dr. Strzelec selected to 2022 SAE TOP CONTRIBUTER CLASS

Dr. Strzelec appeared on PBS Wisconsin (7/12/23) for "Energy 101" as part of the University Place series. Catch up with the video here:





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.

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

NSF Grant #1550005


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


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.

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