Maj Levi Thomas, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering

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BS, Aeronautical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, 2006; MS, Aeronautical Engineering Air Force Institute of Technology, 2009; AA, Foreign Language, Defense Language Institute, 2011; PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2017.  Maj Thomas’ research interests include laser measurement techniques and combustion.  He has experience as an intelligence analyst in foreign air-to-air weapon systems, as a combustion research engineer testing detonation combustors, and as an exchange officer working with the German Aerospace Center.  Previous research included laser-based velocity measurements in the “Ultra-Compact Combustor,” and high-speed temperature measurements in spray combustion using coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy.

Maj Thomas is a member of AIAA and the Combustion Institute.



March 2018: ENY Field-Grade Officer of the Quarter

May 2018: Expert Marksman M4 & M9

June 2018: ENY Field-Grade Officer of the Quarter



Seminal/Recent/Most Notable Publications

Lowe A., Thomas L.M., Satija A., Masri A., and Lucht R.P., “5kHz Thermometry in Turbulent Spray Flames Using Chirped-Probe-Pulse Femtosecond CARS, Part II: Structure of Reaction Zones,” Combustion and Flame, CNF-D-18-00688 (in review).

Thomas L.M., Lowe A., Satija A., Masri A., and Lucht R.P., “5-kHz Thermometry in Turbulent Spray Flames using Chirped-Probe Pulse Femtosecond Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering, Part I: Processing and Interference Analysis,” Combustion and Flame, CNF-D-18-00287R1 (in review).

Lowe A., Thomas L.M., Satija A., Lucht R.P., and Masri A., “Chirped-probe-pulse femtosecond CARS thermometry in turbulent spray flames” Proc. Combust. Inst. (In Press). DOI: 10.1016/j.proci.2018.06.149.

Thomas L.M., Satija A., and Lucht R.P. "Technique developments and performance analysis of chirped-probe-pulse femtosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering combustion thermometry," Appl. Opt. 56, 8797-8810 (2017). DOI: 10.1364/AO.56.008797.

Dagaut P., Karsenty F., Dayma G., Dievart P., Hadj-Ali K., Mze-Ahmed A., Braun-Unkhoff M., Herzler J., Kathrotia T., Kick T., Maumann C., Riedel U., and Thomas L.M., “Experimental and Detailed Kinetic Model for the Oxidation of a Gas to Liquid (GtL) Jet Fuel,” Combustion and Flame 161-3, 835-847 (2014). DOI: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2013.08.015

Thomas L.M., Branam R.D., and Reeder M.F., “Flow Measurements Using Particle Image Velocimetry in the Ultra Compact Combustor,” International Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Vol. 2012. DOI: 10.1155/2012/756463.

LeBay K.D., Drenth A.C., Thomas L.M., Polanka M.D., Branam R.D., and Schmidt J.B., “Characterizing the Effects of G-Loading in an Ultra Compact Combustor via Sectional Models,” ASME Turbo Expo 2010, Glasgow, Scotland. June 2010. DOI: 10.1115/GT2010-22723.

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