Michael P. Burke
Michael Burke joined the faculty at Columbia University in July 2014 as an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering and an affiliated member of the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Data Sciences Institute. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, where he studied the flame properties and chemical kinetics of high-pressure hydrogen combustion. Afterwards, he joined the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne to create interdisciplinary modeling approaches for complex systems frequently encountered in energy devices. He applies these approaches to combustion systems relevant to high-efficiency, low-emissions engines and is also involved in collaborations to apply similar techniques for materials applications (article). His primary research interests lie at the intersection of diverse areas—multi-scale modeling, data sciences, and automation—applied to mixed-experimental-and-computational investigations of complex reaction networks and reacting flows of advanced combustion and energy applications.
In recognition of his work, Burke was awarded the Wallace Memorial Honorific Fellowship at Princeton University, the Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at Argonne National Laboratory, and Doctoral New Investigator award from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund while at Columbia University. His publications have been featured in a virtual issue in Journal of Physical Chemistry A on Developments in Theoretical Chemistry, have appeared on the cover of Combustion and Flame, and have been selected for the Distinguished Paper Award in Detonations, Explosions and Supersonic Combustion at the Thirty-first International Symposium on Combustion.