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    Kevin  W. Cassel, PhD - Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

    Kevin W. Cassel, PhD

    Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    Associate Chair

    Office: E1-209B

    Phone: 312.567.5939
    Fax: 312.567.7230
    Email: cassel@iit.edu
    Web: Research Site
         

    Expertise

    • Application of analytical and computational methods in the thermo-fluid sciences.

    Education

    • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Messiah College, 1988
    • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, 1990
    • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, 1993

    Research

    • Analytical and computational solutions to partial differential equations.
    • Application of advanced analytical techniques in the thermo-fluid sciences.
    • Development of serial and parallel numerical algorithms for unsteady fluid flows.
    • Numerical solutions of unsteady boundary-layer flows in Lagrangian coordinates.
    • Theoretical description of physical processes in unsteady separation.
    • Theoretical and numerical investigations of instabilities in boundary-layer flows.
    • Supersonic and hypersonic boundary-layer flows.
    • Unsteady mixed-convection boundary-layer flows.
    • Effects of vortex-surface interaction on wall-bounded flows.
    • Passive and active control of separation and dynamic stall on airfoils.
    • Fluid dynamics and heat transfer characteristics of buoyancy-driven flows with heat generation.
    • Computational simulations of bio-fluids.

    Current Projects

    Awards/Honors

    • S. W. Kung Award - for best Ph.D. paper presented at the 1993 Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Graduate Student Symposium, Lehigh University.
    • Baldwin Fellowship, Lehigh University (1989-1990).
    • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (1991-1993).
    • National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institute of Standards and Technology (1993-1996).
    • Philip Thomas Medal of Excellence - for best paper presented at the Fifth International Symposium on Fire Safety Science, Melbourne, Australia, March 3-7, 1997.
    • Army Research Office Young Investigator Award (1998-2001).
    • Ralph L. Barnett Excellence in Teaching Award (2001) Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering Department, Illinois Institute of Technology.
    • Alfred Noble Prize (2002) - for the paper, A Comparison of Navier-Stokes Solutions with the Theoretical Description of Unsteady Separation, published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London.
    • Essential Foreign Participant (2003) Invited to participate in the London Mathematical Society Colloquium on New Developments and Applications of Rapid Fluid Flows as an Essential Foreign Participant (July 2003).
    • Ralph L. Barnett Excellence in Teaching Award (2007) Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering Department, Illinois Institute of Technology.
    • University Excellence in Teaching Award (2008) Illinois Institute of Technology.
    • Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2013).

    Patents

    Books

    • Variational Methods with Applications in Science and Engineering by Kevin W. Cassel, Cambridge University Press (2013) 413 p.

    Selected Publications

    Professional Society Memberships

    Department of Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Engineering
    10 West 32nd Street
    243 Engineering 1 Building
    Chicago, IL 60616-3793
    Phone: 312.567.3175
    Fax: 312.567.7230