Professor Chia-Fon Lee has been elected to the grade of Fellow in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International. He is one of 23 newly elected Fellows who will be recognized this April at the SAE 2010 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan.
Lee has improved the automotive industry’s understanding of internal combustion engines, liquid atomization and spray systems via modeling. He has also developed laser diagnostics and measurement tools that have enhanced knowledge of low-temperature combustion and emissions, alternative-fuel and bio-fuel combustion, multicomponent fuel vaporization, flash-boiling and micro-explosion, spray/wall impingement, and particle/turbulence interaction.
His simulations and experimental work have generated 94 peer-reviewed articles and 70 articles in conference proceedings. More importantly, they have provided the automotive industry with the key insights needed to design better engines, to reduce development time, and to produce more fuel-efficient engines with reduced emissions. Lee’s research was instrumental to the University of Illinois’ designation as a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Center of Excellence on Advanced Automotive Biofuel Combustion Engines, which Professor Lee has directed since 2005. His lab is currently leading a high-profile DOE effort that aims to provide a fundamental understanding of the effects of bio-diesel on spray structure, combustion and emissions under low-temperature conditions. Such projects have made his group one of the leading research groups in the following areas.