Jacqueline H. Chen
Class of 2021-2022
Combustion Research Facility
Sandia National Laboratories
Jacqueline Chen, whose work on fundamental turbulence-chemistry interactions in combustion helped advance the design of automotive, gas turbine, and jet engines, is a pioneer in the application of advanced computational methods to understand combustion and chemical reactions relevant to engines. Her achievements include a cool-flame ignition mechanism discovery that is important in modern diesel engines with exhaust gas recirculation. Chen leads a computational combustion research group and is the principal investigator on the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project on turbulent combustion. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the Combustion Institute and the American Physical Society. Chen has received the Combustion Institute’s Bernard Lewis Gold Medal Award, the Society of Women Engineers Achievement Award, and the US Department of Energy Office of Science Distinguished Scientist Fellow Award.
Chen will collaborate with faculty and students in the College of Engineering.