The Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute, one of the largest sections in the Institute, has been involved in a variety of regional and national activities. The constant binding elements have been the style and spirit of our section meetings.

Eli Dabora was the Chair of the Eastern Section at our Silver Anniversary and, with the help of Combustion Institute staff members Marge Salomony and Sue Terpack, compiled some history for our section. An updated version of his description is given below, expanding with records of past Executive Committee members and meeting locations.

The move to create U.S. sectional meetings was initiated in the west and advanced eastward, the Central Section preceding us by two or three annual meetings. In March of 1967, an organizational committee met for the purpose of starting an Eastern Section. Unlike the other two sections, the committee included a Canadian representative to formalize the inclusion of the Eastern Provinces in the Eastern Section. Our Canadian colleagues spun off to be part of a national Canadian section about 20 years ago.

The first meeting of the section took place in November 1967 under provisional status in Pittsburgh, the site of our parent organization. On July 6th, the Board of Directors of the Combustion Institute approved the formation of the section during the 12th Combustion Symposium in Poitiers, France. The second meeting, held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in October 1968, was in effect the first one as a formally established section. This meeting had fewer attendees (116), than the first (128), with the numbers of presentations being 25 and 32, respectively.

These “Fall Technical Meetings” grew and continued annually until 1997, adopting the theme and proceedings-volume name Chemical & Physical Processes in Combustion in 1973. The meeting format has come to be 2-1/2 to three parallel sessions lasting from Monday through Wednesday. There are typically over 110 contributed papers per meeting, plus invited plenary talks that precede each morning and afternoon’s sessions.

In 1997, we began a new pattern of meetings with the Technical Meeting in the fall of odd-numbered years, the International Symposium in the following summer (even-numbered years), and the Joint Meeting of the US Sections in the following spring (odd-numbered years). Thus, the three meetings for the section members are spread out over a two-year cycle. We hosted the initial Joint Meeting of the US Sections in 1999 at George Washington University, and in the spring of 2005, we hosted the Fourth Joint Meeting at Drexel University.

Student participation is an important part of the meetings, which we encourage and support. In 1978, we reduced registration fees for students and shortly thereafter initiated a program to provide honoraria to student presenters. Frequently, payment of the honoraria has been facilitated by corporate supporters, to whom we are deeply indebted. Recently, we’ve been able to extend this support to student presenters at the international meetings. The new talent, creativity, and fresh ideas brought to this community by these younger members are invaluable. In return, our community can promise a complex, interdependent, interdisciplinary science that will continue to offer challenges and opportunities.

In the last twelve years, we have made increasing use of a section Web site to share information. There is potential for a much expanded role, specifically in its use as an educational and information center for combustion-related issues. We hope to join increasingly with other sections to share information with each other and the public.

Med Colket and Phil Westmoreland June 2006


MEETING THEMES AND LOCATIONS

Year    

Theme

Location

1967

Scientific Aspects of Fire

Mellon Inst., Pittsburgh, PA

1968

Heterogenous Combustion

U. of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA

1969

Air Pollution from Combustion

U. of West Virginia, Morgantown, WV

1970

Mathematical Modeling of Flames

Georgia Inst. of Tech., Atlanta, GA

1971

Fire Research

U. of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario

1972

Fire Safety

Princeton U., Princeton, NJ

1973

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

McGill U., Montreal, Quebec

1974

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

APL/Johns Hopkins U., Silver Spring, MD

1975

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY

1976

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Drexel U., Philadelphia, PA

1977

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

United Tech. Res. Ctr, E. Hartford, CT

1978

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Eden Roc Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

1979

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Georgia Inst. of Tech., Atlanta, GA

1980

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Princeton U., Princeton, NJ

1981

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Carnegie-Mellon U., Pittsburgh, PA

1982

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Caesars Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ

1983

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Biltmore Plaza/Brown U., Providence, RI

1984

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Holiday Inn, Clearwater Beach, FL

1985

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Sheraton Hotel/Drexel U. Philadelphia, PA

1986

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Hotel Condado Beach, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1987

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Nat. Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, MD

1988

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Holiday Inn, Clearwater Beach, FL

1989

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Desmond America Hotel/RP I, Albany, NY

1990

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Delta Orlando Resort, Orlando, FL

1991

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Cornell U., Ithaca, NY

1993

Central/Eastern Joint Meeting

New Orleans, LA

1993

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Princeton U., Princeton, NJ

1994

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Clearwater Beach, FL

1995

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Worcester Polytechnic Inst., Worcester, MA

1996

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Hilton Head, SC

1997

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Sheraton Hartford, Hartford CT

1999

1st Joint Meeting of the U.S. Sections    

George Washington U., Washington, D.C.

1999

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

North Carolina State U., Raleigh, NC

2001

2nd Joint Meeting of the U.S. Sections

Oakland/LBNL, CA

2001

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Hilton Head, SC

2003

3rd Joint Meeting of the U. S. Sections

U. Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL

2003

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Penn State University, University Park, PA

2005

4th Joint Meeting of the U. S. Sections

Drexel U., Philadelphia PA

2005

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

U. Central Florida, Orlando FL

2007

5th Joint Meeting of the U. S. Sections

U. California San Diego, San Diego CA

2007

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

U. Virginia, Charlottesville VA

2009

6th US National Meeting

U. Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2009

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

U. Maryland, College Park, MD

2011

7th US National Meeting

Georgia Tech., Atlanta, GA

2011

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

U. Connecticut, Storrs, CT

2013

8th US National Meeting

U. Utah, Park City, UT

2013

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Clemson U., Clemson, SC

2015

9th US National Meeting

Cincinnati, OH

2016

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Princeton U., Princeton, NJ


OFFICERS OF THE EASTERN STATES SECTION OF THE COMBUSTION INSTITUTE, 1967-2015

 

Chair

1st Vice Chair

2nd Vice Chair

Secretary

Treasurer

Program Chair

Papers Chair

Arrangements Chair

1967-69

R. Levine

A.L. Thompson

R. Friedman

R.H. Essenhigh

R. Roberts

H.G. Wolfhard

R. Fristrom

B.T. Wolfson
W. May

1969-71

R. Friedman

A.L. Thompson

H.G. Wolfhard

R.H. Essenhigh

R. Roberts

F. Wright

B.T. Zinn

C. Wm. Shipman

1971-73*

R. Friedman

A.L. Thompson

H.G. Wolfhard

F. Wright

R. Roberts

C. Wm. Shipman

I. Glassman

H.F. Sullivan

1973-75

H.G. Wolfhard

A.L. Thompson

B.T. Zinn

L. Kurylko

R.H. Long, Jr.

I. Glassman

R.S. Magee

W. Bartok
H.A. Becker

1975-76

B.T. Zinn

L. Kurylko

T.A. Brzustowski

Wm. Bartok

R.H. Long, Jr.

A. Fontijn

W.A. Sirignano

John deRis
H.A. Becker

1977-79

T.A. Brzustowski

Wm. Bartok

W.A. Sirignano

G.M. Faeth

E.K. Bastress

T.Y. Toong

J. Quintiere

F.A. Williams
H. Sullivan

1979-81

W.A. Sirignano

G.M. Faeth

D.J. Seery

F. Tamanini

R.S. Sheinson

J. Quintiere

F. Williams

F.L. Dryer

1981-83

G.M. Faeth

D.J. Seery

F. Williams

M. Sibulkin

R.S. Sheinson

I. Glassman

H.F. Calcote

F. Tamanini

1983-85

D.J. Seery

F. Williams

W.C. Strahle

J.J. Sangiovanni

R.S. Sheinson

G.M. Faeth

K.K. Kuo

F. Tamanini

1985-87

F. Williams

E.K. Dabora

F. Tamanini

J.J. Sangiovanni

R.S. Sheinson

R.G. Gann

R.J. Santoro

C. Proctor

1987-89

F. Tamanini

E.K. Dabora

J.J. Sangiovanni

R.S. Sheinson

R.G. Gann

R.J. Santoro

B.J. McCaffery

P.A. Tatem

1989-91

E.K. Dabora

J.J. Sangiovanni

R.J. Santoro

R.S. Sheinson

R.G. Gann

F.C. Gouldin

C.K. Law

P.A. Tatem

1991-93

J.J Sangiovanni

R.J. Santoro

R.G. Gann

K. Brezinsky

C.E. Hermance

K. Kailasanath

F.C. Gouldin

P.A. Tatem

1993-95

R.J. Santoro

R.G. Gann

-

K. Brezinsky

C.E. Hermance

M.D. Smooke

K. Kailasanath

M.B. Colket

1995-97

R.G. Gann

F.C. Gouldin

-

K. Brezinski
T. Rawlins

C.E. Hermance

P.R. Westmoreland

M.D. Smooke

M.B. Colket

1997-99

F.C. Gouldin

M.B. Colket

-

T. Rawlins

C.E. Hermance

W.M. Pitts

P.R. Westmoreland

J.H. Miller

1999-01

M.B. Colket

P.R. Westmoreland

-

T. Rawlins

B.M. Cetegen

N.P. Cernansky

W.M. Pitts

J.H. Miller

2001-03

P.R. Westmoreland

M.D. Smooke

-

T. Rawlins

B.M. Cetegen

J.H. Miller

N.P. Cernansky

W.L. Roberts

2003-05

M.D. Smooke

N.P. Cernansky

-

T. Rawlins

B.M. Cetegen

S.R. Turns
L.D. Pfefferle

J.H. Miller

W.L. Roberts

2005-07

N.P. Cernansky

J.H. Miller

-

T. Rawlins

B.M. Cetegen

W.L. Roberts

-

D.L. Miller

2007-09

J.H. Miller

B.M. Cetegen

-

D.L. Miller

H.K. Chelliah

W.L. Roberts

-

A. Trouvé

2009-11

B.M. Cetegen

W.L. Roberts

-

D.L. Miller

H.K. Chelliah

D.C. Haworth

-

A. Trouvé

2011-13

W.L. Roberts

D.C. Haworth

-

B.A. Bennett

H.K. Chelliah

A. Trouvé

-

M.W. Renfro

2013-15

D.C. Haworth

A. Trouvé

-

B.A. Bennett

Y. Ju

M.W. Renfro

-

2015-17

A. Trouvé

Y. Ju

 

P. Papas

M.E. Mueller

C.J. Sung

 

 

*Derived from incomplete records and may be inaccurate.