September 19, 2013
Dr. Levendis holds a B.S. (1980) and an M.S. (1982) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (1987), where he also was a postdoctoral research associate (1987-1988). He joined the Northeastern University faculty in 1988, and he is currently a College of Engineering Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Dr. Levendis’ current research is dealing with topics related to Combustion, Alternative Energy Sources, Air Pollution and Acid Rain prevention, Incineration of Municipal Wastes, Engine Performance and Emissions, Combustion Diagnostics and Pyrometry, Polymers, Materials Development and Polymeric Coatings. He is a leading authority in combustion and emissions of/from diesel engines as well as coal-fired and alternative fuel-fired powerplants (including biomass, waste tires, waste plastics, etc). He has developed chemical/physical methods for reducing toxic emissions; has conducted combustion-based material synthesis, and has developed techniques for fire suppression and extinction. He has conducted extensive research on oxygen-enhanced combustion of diesel fuel, coal and biomass.
Dr. Levendis has published more than 270 technical papers and book chapters and holds 11 US and several International patents. He has received the honorary distinctions of a Fellow of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and a Fellow of SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). He is an active member of various engineering honor societies such as TBΠ, ΠTΣ, ΦΚΦ. He has also been a member of SME (Society Manufacturing Engineering), ACS (American Chemical Society), Air and Waste Management Association, and the Combustion Institute.