Mun Y. Choi
Provost and Executive Vice President
for Academic Affairs

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Storrs, CT 06269-2237
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Ph.D., Princeton University, 1992.

Research Areas: Combustion, Heat Transfer, Optical Diagnostics, Soot Processes.

Dr. Choi joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2008. He served as a faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Illinois from 1994 to 2000. He joined Drexel University in 2000 and served as Department Head of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean for Research. Dr. Choi received his B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 1989 and 1992, respectively. He was a NRC post-doctoral fellow at NIST from 1992 to 1993.

His current research effort is focused on advancing the understanding of sooting and radiation on droplet combustion and soot diagnostic techniques.   His research is funded by various federal and industrial sponsors.   He has worked closely with NIST and Sandia researchers to measure optical and physical properties of soot produced from various-scale flames. These studies have improved the ability to accurately interpret non-intrusive diagnostic data and the calculation of radiative heat transfer from flames and fires. His work on spherically-symmetric droplet combustion (which can be produced in microgravity facilities) represents an ideal platform to study diffusion flames. This work has significantly improved the understanding of the influence of sooting and radiation on droplet burning behavior and its impact on the combustion efficiency and the environment. His NASA project on fire safety is scheduled to be performed aboard the International Space Station in 2009 and 2011.

During his academic career, Dr. Choi developed numerous outreach and educational programs including the NSF IGERT, Dept. of Education GAANN Fellowships, and the NSF Research Experiences for Teachers. He has also received awards for teaching and research including the SAE Teetor Award and the University of Illinois Foundation Scholar Award. In 2007, he was elected President of the International Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.


Department of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Connecticut
191 Auditorium Road, Unit 3139
Storrs, CT 06269-3139
Phone: (860) 486-2090, Fax: (860) 486-5088