Penn State

Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering

Turbine Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics Group

Personnel

Dr. Stephen Lynch
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

331 Reber Building
University Park, PA 16802

Email: splynch@psu.edu


Dr. Stephen Lynch has expertise in applications of convective heat transfer and aerodynamics for gas turbine engines. His work has utilized state-of-the-art experimental diagnostics, supported by computations. He joined Penn State in 2013 as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include high speed aerodynamics and heat transfer in turbines, interaction of main gas path and secondary flows, advanced airfoil cooling schemes (film and internal channel cooling), three-dimensional boundary layers, and development of advanced fluid and heat transfer diagnostic tools.

Dr. Lynch's CV


Dr. Karen Thole
Department Head Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering

136 Reber Building
University Park, PA 16802

Email: KThole@psu.edu


Dr. Karen A. Thole is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Head of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. She holds two degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Her expertise is in convective heat transfer and state-of-art turbine cooling methods such as film-cooling, impingement cooling, and micro-channel cooling. In 2011, Dr. Thole founded the Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine Laboratory (START) focused on gas turbine heat transfer. She has directed over $20M in research funding, published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, and advised over 60 dissertations and theses. She has been recognized as SWE’s 2014 Distinguished Engineering Educator as well as ASME’s Westinghouse Gold Medal and the Edwin F. Church Medal.

Dr. Thole's CV



Dr. Michael Barringer
Research Associate

NARCO Building, CATO Park, Room #145
3127 Research Dr.
State College, PA 16801

Email: MBarringer@psu.edu


Dr. Barringer oversees daily operation of the PSU START laboratory and research programs. Holding a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, his expertise is in gas turbine heat transfer and aerodynamics. He is currently designing and commissioning the world-class, rotating turbine rig at the heart of the START laboratory.
 

Dave Johnson
Research Associate

NARCO Building, CATO Park, Room #144
3127 Research Dr.
State College, PA 16801

Email: dkj103@psu.edu


Mr. Johnson is assisting with the design, fabrication and commissioning of the world-class, rotating turbine rig in the START laboratory. He has a background in combustion and expertise with machining and fabrication. Mr. Johnson holds a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State.
 


Dr. Reid Berdanier
Research Associate

NARCO Building, CATO Park, Room #147
3127 Research Dr.
State College, PA 16801

Email: rberdanier@psu.edu


Dr. Berdanier has a background in compressor aerodynamics and holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University. His role in START lab is focused on the development of novel instrumentation techniques to support the various research programs in the START lab.
 

Jay Neal
Project Manager

NARCO Building, CATO Park, Room #146
3127 Research Dr.
State College, PA 16801

Email: jtn125@psu.edu


Mr. Neal is responsible for managing the research projects in the START lab. He comes from a military aviation background, having graduated from the United States Naval Test Pilot School and serving as a flight test engineer at the Naval Air Warfare Center. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State.
 

Jeremiah Bunch
Research Assistant

NARCO Building, CATO Park, Room #210
3127 Research Dr.
State College, PA 16801

Email: jrb63@psu.edu


Mr. Bunch is responsible for the assembly and disassembly of the complex mechanical test rig components and assisting with rig operation, including installing and troubleshooting instrumentation. He was a jet engine test cell operator in the Marine Corps and an instructor at the Center of Naval Aviation Technical Training. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Affairs.
 

ExCCL Graduate Students

START Graduate Students


Katie Kirsch
klk5208@psu.edu
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Jake Snyder
jcs5382@psu.edu
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Curtis Stimpson
curtis.stimpson@psu.edu
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Adam Shrager
acs5431@psu.edu
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Shawn Siroka
sis5702@psu.edu
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Brian Knisely
bfk4@psu.edu
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Iván Monge-Concepción
@psu.edu
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