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Professor Frederick L. Dryer


Curriculum Vita

Frederick L. Dryer received his Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in 1966 and a Ph.D. degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University in 1972. He served on the Professional Research Staff for ten years and joined the tenured faculty in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 1981.

His research contributions include: chemistry / chemical kinetics of fuels and hazardous waste materials; the fundamentals of formation / ignition / secondary atomization / liquid phase chemistry of conventional and synthetic fuel droplets; liquid fuel fire safety (on earth and in space environments); solid phase/gas phase interactions as related to particle burning phenomena; hydrocarbon, nitrogen oxide, aerosol particulate, and other pollutant interactions in energy conversion systems; and non-petroleum-derived alternative fuels, their production, their chemical kinetic properties, and their ability to address U.S. energy security and green house gas as well as other pollutant concerns. Dr. Dryer has published extensively and consulted for the government, industry and legal profession on the above as well as other combustion, fire safety, energy, and emissions-abatement-related subjects. Dr. Dryer has frequently served on advisory committees for industry and various government agencies, including the National Materials Advisory Board/National Research Council (five times), NASA, DOE, DARPA, ARO, and NIST. He is a member of the Combustion Institute, the American Chemical Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers (Fellow), and the National Fire Protection Association.