Mechanical engineering professor named ASME fellow

Jacqueline O'Connor earned the distinction for her research to improve the understanding and efficiency of aircraft engines


By Erin Cassidy Hendrick

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Jacqueline O’Connor, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach at Penn State, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

ASME elevates its members to fellow status in recognition of outstanding engineering achievements and more than 10 years of experience in the field.

“Dr. O’Connor has made significant impacts in combustor flow dynamics through her vibrant research program,” said Karen Thole, distinguished professor and mechanical engineering department head. “She is a natural leader, as we are all seeing through her position as the director of the Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach, and is a phenomenal teacher.”

A faculty member with Penn State since 2013, O’Connor dedicates her research to the improved understanding of aircraft engine emissions, performance and operability. In particular, she seeks new ways to create more durable and cleaner engine combustors.

She received ASME’s Dilip R. Ballal Early Career Engineer Award, the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute's Glassman Young Investigator Award and the Penn State Schreyer Honors College Excellence in Advising Award. She was also recently elevated to an AIAA associate fellow.

“We look forward to many more good things to come because of Dr. O’Connor’s outstanding talents,” Thole said.


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