The School of Mechanical Engineering proudly announces the appointment of Robert P. Lucht as the Ralph and Bettye Bailey Distinguished Professor of Combusion in mechanical engineering. Professor Lucht joined Purdue in 2002 after spending nearly a decade at Sandia National Laboratories follwed by academic appointments at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and Texas A&M University.
His research involves the development of laser-based measurement techniques for applications in combusting flows. He has developed and applied new types of a multi-beam nonlinear technique known as coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS). He has been a leader in the application of laser techniques in high-pressure combustion test rigs. His measurements provide insight to help combustion designers optimize the combustion process and minimize pollutant emissions. He has received significant external funding for his research from federal agencies and from industry.
With a courtesy appointment in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Professor Lucht has authored or co-authored over 150 articles in archival journals and advised more than 30 Ph.D. students. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In 2008, he received the AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Award, and in 2003, he received the Excellence in Research Award from the College of Engineering at Purdue.