Faculty Profile

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Alexei Poludnenko

Associate Professor
PhD, University of Rochester, 2004

Campus Location: United Technologies Engineering Building Rm. 364

Tel: (860) 486-2293
Fax: (860) 486-5088

Personal Website: https://combustion.tamu.edu/


Alexei Poludnenko received his Bachelor degree in Physics and Mathematics from the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” in Kyiv, Ukraine, and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Rochester. Upon graduation, he joined the Department of Energy ASC Flash Center at the University of Chicago as a postdoctoral researcher. Subsequently, Dr. Poludnenko worked at the Naval Research Laboratory first as a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow and later as a permanent research staff member. Prior to joining the UConn Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Fall of 2019, he had served as an associate professor on the faculty of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the Texas A&M University. His research includes theoretical and computational studies of complex multi-physics reacting and non-reacting flows, numerical algorithm development for computational fluid dynamics, and high-performance computing. Dr. Poludnenko was a recipient of the Distinguished Paper Awards at the 36th and 37th International Symposia on Combustion (2017 and 2019), the 2016 François Frenkiel Award for Fluid Mechanics of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics, and the Alan Berman Research Publication Award of the US Naval Research Laboratory.

Research Interests

  • Aerospace propulsion systems
  • Chemical and thermonuclear combustion
  • Turbulence in reacting and non-reacting flows
  • Computational fluid dynamics and high-performance computing
  • Space weather, plasma physics and magnetohydrodynamics

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