Faculty Courtesy Appointments
Dr Jay Melosh is on faculty in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the Department of Physics and is one of the world's foremost authorities on asteroid impacts. One of his works was recently highlighted on the National Geographic Channel's Naked Science Series on February 18th and the program showed the testing of the effect of solar rays on asteroids. His proposal is to divert an asteroid using solar mirrors in space.
Dr Melosh also co-authored a paper published on March 5 issue of Science which finds further evidence an asteroid that crashed into the Earth 65 million years ago caused the mass extinction that ended the age of the dinosaurs. More information can be found at the link below.
Dr. Bob Lucht is the Ralph and Bettye Bailey Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. His research activities center on the development and application of advanced laser diagnostic techniques for probing gas phase media such as flames and nonreacting fluid flows. His research program has a spectrum of projects ranging from fundamental research on the physics of emerging laser techniques to application of laser diagnostics in practical combustion devices such as gas turbine combustors.
Present research activities include a fundamental study of the physics of polarization spectroscopy and electronic-resonance-enhanced coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS), an investigation of femtosecond CARS for real-time temperature and species measurements at data rates in excess of 1 kHz, dual-pump CARS measurements in a gas turbine combustor, and development of diode-laser-based sensors for ultraviolet and mid-infrared absorption measurements. Prof. Lucht has authored or co-authored over 120 refereed articles in archival journals. In 1998 he was elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, and in 2000 was elected as an Associate Fellow of the AIAA. In 2006 he received the Discovery in ME Award from Purdue. In 2008 he received the AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Award.