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Joseph Powers

Joseph M. Powers

Professor, Associate Chair, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Email: powers@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-5978

Office: 365B Fitzpatrick Hall

Education

Ph.D, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988

M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985

B.S., Mechanical Engineering - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983

Biography

Dr. Powers received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1983, 1985, and 1988, respectively. His research interests include computational mechanics, scientific computing, detonation theory, pyrotechnic combustion, high speed propulsion, transition to detonation in solid propellants, high speed flows in reactive porous media, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, numerical and theoretical methods for multiscale phenomena, and systematic reduction of large systems of chemical kinetics. He is the author of several papers in the archival literature and has supervised many M.S. and Ph.D. students since joining the faculty in 1989. He serves Associate Editor for the Journal of Propulsion and Power. He has held summer appointments at NASA Glenn Research Center, the U. S. Air Force Wright Laboratories at Eglin AFB, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He presently leads the Verification, Validation, and Uncertainty Quantification team in the Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials (C-SWARM). He is the recipient of the University of Notre Dame's Amoco-College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 1994, the Department Faculty Award in 1997, the Spira Award for teaching excellence in 2010, and the College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 2014. He received a NASA Innovative Technology Award in 1999. Dr. Powers is a member of APS, SIAM, ASME, ASEE, the Combustion Institute, and is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA.

Recent Publications

Summary of Activities/Interests

Combustion, Fluid Mechanics, Thermochemistry, Computational Science, Applied Mathematics

News

Powers Publishes Second Graduate Textbook

April 25, 2016

Combustion Thermodynamics and Dynamics, a new graduate-level monograph by Joseph M. Powers, builds on the foundation of thermal science, chemistry, and applied mathematics laid during undergraduate programs in aerospace, mechanical, and chemical engineering.

Powers Succeeds Talley as Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Propulsion and Power

January 18, 2016

Joseph M. Powers has been appointed editor-in-chief of the Journal of Propulsion and Power. He succeeds Douglas Talley of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.


New Book Highlights Modern Mathematical Methods Used in Advanced Engineering Applications

April 9, 2015

A new textbook written by Joseph M. Powers, professor and associate chair in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and Mihir Sen, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, and published by Cambridge University Press targets engineering graduate students who wonder how much of their basic mathematics will be of use in practice.

Notre Dame Center Named National Nuclear Security Administration Center of Excellence

July 8, 2013

The University’s Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials (C-SWARM) was named a Single-Discipline Center by NNSA and will receive $1.6 million per year for five years under NNSA’s Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program II (PSAAP II) agreement.

Notre Dame Center Named National Nuclear Security Administration Center of Excellence

July 1, 2013

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has selected a University of Notre Dame center as one of six new centers of excellence whose primary focus will be on the emerging field of predictive science. The University’s Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials (C-SWARM) was named a Single-Discipline Center by NNSA and will receive $1.6 million per year for five years under NNSA’s Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program II (PSAAP II) agreement.