Stephen Lynch awarded Shuman Family Early Career Professorship


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Stephen Lynch, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Experimental and Computational Convection Laboratory (ExCCL), Penn State, was recently named the Shuman Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.

The purpose of the Shuman Family Early Career Professorship is to provide financial support and encouragement during the critical first ten years of an outstanding faculty’s academic career within the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State. It allows young faculty to direct initial energies to the classroom, establishing a commitment to teaching; and provides start-up funds for new areas of research and teaching laboratories.

“Dr. Lynch has successfully received support from industry and was recently chosen for the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program award,” said Karen Thole, distinguished professor and department head of mechanical and nuclear engineering, Penn State. “In addition, he is quite active in the gas turbine community through his service efforts, and students speak highly of his teaching methods.”

While Dr. Lynch says it is a significant honor for him, he also credits his research group for his achievement.

“This is a significant honor for me, and I am very excited about the opportunity to enhance my research, teaching, and outreach plans,” said Dr. Lynch. “This is also a recognition of my group’s efforts – I work with some truly excellent graduate and undergraduate students.”

He explains, “My group works on advanced cooling technologies for jet engines and power applications, including advanced manufacturing technologies – specifically 3D metal printing – for next generation heat exchangers. This professorship will enable us to try even more novel ideas, and help to support undergraduate researchers to encourage them to consider graduate school. We’ve also hosted tours of my lab for local Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops, but I would love to develop even more interactive visits where young kids could be hands-on with engineering in my lab.”

Dr. Lynch received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and joined the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering in 2013 as an assistant professor of 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.

“We are extremely grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Shuman for bestowing upon our department a significant gift that provides us with the resources to recognize our early career faculty,” said Dr. Thole.

Dr. Lynch adds, “The philanthropy of the Shuman family has already benefited my group previously through their support of undergraduate researchers through the Shuman Scholars program in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. I am very honored to have an additional opportunity to impact students through this professorship.”

Justin Schwartz, the Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering, recommended Dr. Lynch for the professorship, which was then determined by Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas Jones. Dr. Lynch will hold his professorship for a three-year term, with a possibility of being renewed for a second term of up to three years. 


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Stephen Lynch and his graduate students

From left to right: Stephen Lynch, Zachary Moul, Emily Sun



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