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 Systems. Additionally, 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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RECENT & UPCOMING EVENTS
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:
Strzelec & Agasie awarded DOE grant for Development of Neutron Tomography at the University of Wisconsin Nuclear Reactor
2023 Upcoming Events
DR. STRZELEC ELECTED AS 2022 SAE FELLOW
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:
RESEARCH ARTICLES & VIDEOS
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.