Professor William A. Sirignano, who serves as Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and occupies the Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in Engineering, has been awarded the 2004 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Energy Systems Award. The Award citation reads:
For fundamental pioneering research on fuel atomization, spray combustion, and turbulent flames in gas-turbine and automotive engines, and for the innovative turbine-burner and miniature-liquid-film-combustor concepts.
Established in 1981, the Energy Systems Award is presented for a significant contribution in the broad field of energy systems, specifically as related to the application of engineering sciences and systems engineering to the production, storage, distribution, and conservation of energy. The Energy Systems Award is a Technical Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The award will be presented at the Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference August 18, 2004 in Providence, Rhode Island.
Professor Sirignano's major research and teaching interests include spray combustion, turbulent combustion, ignition, and nonequilibrium gas dynamics, aerospace propulsion, rocket combustion instability, energy conversion and air pollution, fire research, noise suppression and applied mathematics. Some of Professor Sirignano's awards and recognitions include National Academy of Engineering membership; Fellow status American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Society of Mechanical Engineering, American Physical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science.