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Jacqueline Chen

Bio: Jacqueline H. Chen is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Laboratories.  She has contributed broadly to research in direct numerical simulations of turbulent combustion elucidating turbulence-chemistry interactions in turbulent flames and ignition processes. These interactions govern the overall combustion rate, emissions, the degree of local extinction and ignition timing.  She and her collaborators  have discovered new physical insights related to turbulent premixed and stratified flame propagation, preferential diffusion, intrinsic flame instabilities, lifted flame stabilization in (non)heated flows, reactive scalar mixing, compression ignition and flashback in boundary layers. These benchmark simulation data have also been used by the modeling community to validate turbulent combustion models.  

To achieve scalable performance of DNS on increasingly complex heterogeneous computer architectures, she leads an interdisciplinary team of computer scientists, applied mathematicians and computational scientists  to develop combustion direct numerical simulation software with complex chemistry and multi-physics for exascale supercomputers. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Combustion Institute and the Americal Physical Society. She received the Combustion Institute’s Bernard Lewis Gold Medal Award in 2018 and the Society of Women Engineers Achievement Award in 2018.   She is a Director of the Combustion Institute, a former Editor of Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, Co-Editor of Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Volumes 29 and 30, 2008, 2010 and has served on numerous editorial boards and advisory committees.