Dr. Stephen Heister named as Director of Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories

Dr. Stephen Heister
Dr. Stephen Heister, the Raisbeck Engineering Distinguished Professor in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, has accepted the position of the Director of Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories, effective on March 1, 2011. In this position, Dr. Heister will also have a 0.25 appointment at Purdue's School of Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Heister joined Purdue University in 1990.  While at Purdue, he was a Faculty Scholar and has won the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics E. F. Bruhn departmental teaching award four times.  In 2003, he was named as the director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Center in High Mach Propulsion.  The High Mach UTC has focused on thermal management strategies during its entire 8-year existence and has contributed in such areas as fuel coking, endothermic fuel development, fuel/air heat exchanger design and performance, evaluation of coking-resistant coatings, supercritical fuel injection, and combustion of high temperature/supercritical fuels. 

In October 2010 the Purdue University Board of Trustees ratified Dr. Heister’s appointment to The Raisbeck Engineering Distinguished Professorship for Engineering and Technology Integration and he was also named to the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Heister’s research interests span a broad range of propulsion disciplines, and he has over 200journal and conference publications spanning a wide array of topics including: atomization, injector simulations, hybrid and liquid rocket combustion, pulse detonation engines, gas turbine and rocket nozzles, fuel-based heat exchangers, and propulsion system design.  Dr. Heister has advised 20 Ph.D. and 49 M.S. students, most of whom have assumed leadership roles within the U.S. aerospace propulsion industry.  He is an active member of AIAA and has served on several Technical Committees and as associated editor for the Journal of Propulsion and Power.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Heister on this appointment and welcome him in his new role.