Rodger Cornell

Ph.D. Student

Rodger Cornell is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering and joined the Burke lab in the fall of 2017 as an ASEE SMART Scholarship recipient. He graduated from Rowan University in 2010 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and then from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2016 with a M.E. in Mechanical Engineering. From 2010-2017, Rodger was employed by the U.S. Army as a lead energetics engineer at Picatinny Arsenal. While in this position, he used various ultra-high speed diagnostics to quantify the sensitivity and performance of new energetic formulations. Specifically, he built and operated a Photonic Doppler Velocimetry (PDV) system to record detonation-driven particle velocities at sub-nanosecond temporal resolutions. Rodger has since utilized these diagnostics to characterize the reliability of MEMS-scale fuzing components, parameterize Ignition and Growth models for new energetic compounds, and develop Equations of State (EOS) for reacted and unreacted materials.

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