why hast thou not the visage of a sweetie, or a cutie?" (Some English
Professor of Mechanical
Mailing Address: Department
of Mechanical Engineering, Room2328-F, Engineering Building, Michigan
State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1226
"Well, my fine American friends, now that you are independent how do
you now like taxation WITH representation?" (Another English wag)
STATEMENT OF TEACHING PHILOSOPHY and
I. S. WICHMAN EDUCATION and
- Combustion and Flame Studies
Related to Fire and Theoretical
- Analytical Modeling (Fire,
Ignition, Quenching, Flame Spread,
- Computational Modeling (Flame
Spread, Triple Flames,
Solid Pyrolysis, Microgravity Flames)
- Experimentation (MSU Fire Tunnel,
Thermal Property Measurement,
in Small Enclosed Spaces (micro flames), Burner Flame Attachment)
CURRENT RESEARCH SUPPORT
- NASA Microgravity Combustion: "Investigation
Tip Instability in Microgravity." January 1, 2004-January 1, 2005.
- MSU: "Plasma/Combustion
Burner." January 1, 2004,
December 31, 2004 (will be renewed).
Flamelet proposal (to be submitted Fall, 2004).
- Ph.D.: Two students (Yang
Long; Carlos Maidana).
(Stefanus Tanaya, Karin Aditjandra, Chandra Romel, Kaci Adkins,
- Undergraduates: Lab
assistant (Bryan Burkhart).
GRADUATE STUDENT NEEDS
The graduate students I seek are
with an interest in fundamental research. Students should have
mathematical preparation and physical understanding, for combustion is
a complicated subject joining many sub disciplines. I appreciate hard
and dedication to research and scholarly pursuits generally. I value
applied effort. Nevertheless, theoretical research requires intense
and one good day's insight and calculation after many months of
may produce lasting, valuable results. Numerical research requires
effort and running of numerous numerical cases (patience, patience).
Physical insight is needed
to describe that the simulations are saying. Experiment requires large
amounts of time for setup and preparatory work, and physical insight is
needed to describe results. No matter what the specialization (theory,
numerics, experiment), I seek students whose absolute first priority is
a love of learning. This should also be their second and third
before eating, sleeping and recreation!
TYPE OF GRADUATE STUDENT(S) SOUGHT
In general, a Ph. D. student's thesis
produce several peer reviewed publications in good journals,
no fewer than four, not including conference publications. An M.S.
thesis should produce at least one such publication.
March 5, 2002