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. She was recognized with the 2020 SAE Lloyd L. Withrow Oral Presentation Award. New! 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 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. 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 is the Chair of the SAE Exhaust Aftertreatment & Emissions Committee and Vice-Chair of the SAE Powertrain Fuels & Lubricants Committee. 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. She was recognized for her service with the 2016 SAE Forrest R. McFarland Service Award.
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RECENT & UPCOMING EVENTS
Dr. Strzelec is pleased to continue working with the Mississippi State team in the USDOE/GM/Mathworks EcoCAR:Mobility Challenge
Dr. Strzelec is profiled on
Announcing the release of SAE R477: Automotive Emissions Regulations and Exhaust Aftertreatment
See Dr. Strzelec present "Dirty is in the Details" - a Wednesday Night at the Lab talk on Wisconsin PBS!
Date and time - TBD (thanks Covid)
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