Stephen Heister

Stephen Heister

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Director Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories

701 W. Stadium Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045
Phone: +1 765 49-45126

Awards and Recognitions

  • Recipient, C.T. Sun Research Award, Oct. 2005.
  • Purdue University Faculty Scholar, 1998-2003.
  • E. F. Bruhn Teaching Award, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1993, 1996, 1999, and 2001.
  • Department Nominee – Murphy Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher, 1992, 1993 and 1996, this is now the W. A. Gustafson Teaching Award.
  • Schools of Engineering Nominee – Murphy Award for Outstanding Under-graduate Teacher, 1996.
  • Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 1993.
  • AFOSR Summer Faculty Fellow, 1991.
  • Panel Member, “Tutorial Workshop on Spray Modeling,” Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems (ILASS) Conference, Seattle, Washington, 1994.
  • Technical International Board, International Journal of Turbo & Jet Engines.
  • Panel Member, “Spray Modeling from Industrial Perspective,” Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems (ILASS) Conference, Ottawa, Canada, 1997.
  • Associate Editor, AIAA J. of Propulsion and Power, 1991-1995.
  • Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems, 1999 Conference Co-Chairman. Also, Panel Member: “Modeling Primary Atomization,” ILASS-99 Conference, Indianapolis, 1999.
  • Conference Co-Chair and Co-Organizer, 2nd International Hydrogen Peroxide Propulsion Conference, Purdue University, 1999.
  • Conference Co-Chair and Co-Organizer, 5th International Hydrogen Peroxide Propulsion Conference, Purdue University, 2002.
  • Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems, 2001 Conference Technical Chair.
  • Department Nominee – A.A. Potter Best Teacher Award, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000.
  • Ten Select Publications

    Macdonald, M., Canino, J. V., and Heister, S. D., "Nonlinear Response of Plain-Orifice Injectors to Nonacoustic Pressure Oscillations," AIAA J. Propulsion & Power, Vol. 23, No. 6, 2007, pp. 1204-1213.

    Park, H., Yoon, S. S., Jepsen, R. A., and Heister, S. D., "Droplet Bounce Simulations and Air Pressure Effects on the Deformation of Pre-Impact Droplets Using a Boundary Element Method," Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2008, pp. 21-31.

    Shimo, M. and Heister, S.D., "Multicyclic Detonation Initiation Studies in Valveless Pulsed Detonation Combustors," AIAA J. Propulsion & Power, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 336-344, 2008.

    Canino, J. and Heister, S. D., "Contributions of Orifice Hydrodynamic Instabilities to Primary Atomization," Atomization and Sprays, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 91-102, 2008.

    Shimo, M. and Heister, S. D., "Schlieren Visualization of Multicyclic Flame Acceleration Process in Valveless Pulsed Detonation Combustors," Combustion Science and Technology, Vol. 180, pp. 1613???1636, 2008.

    Herring, N. R., and Heister, S. D., "On the Use of Wire Coil Inserts to Augment Tube Heat Transfer", to appear, J. of Enhanced Heat Transfer, v16, No. 1, pp19-34, 2009

    Park, S. and Heister, S. D., "Nonlinear Modeling of Drop Size Distributions Produced by Pressure-Swirl Atomizers", Intl. J. of Multiphase Flow, V36, pp 1-12, 2010.

    Park, S., and Heister, S. D., "Computational Acceleration Schemes for Unsteady BEM Problems with Variable Mesh Size", to appear, Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, 2010.

    Dambach, E., Otterstatter, M., and Heister, S. D., "Altitude Compensation using Ablative Nozzle Liners Part II: Ablator Design and Altitude Firing Results", to appear, JANNAF J. of Propulsion and Energetics, 2010.

    Tsohas, J. and Heister, S. D., "Altitude Compensation using Ablative Nozzle Liners Part I: Labscale Bipropellant Thruster Evaluations", to appear, JANNAF J. of Propulsion and Energetics, 2010.