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Irina Ciobanescu Husanu
Phone: 215-895-5957


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University (2005)
M.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Polytechnic University of Bucharest (Romania, 1990)

Program Affiliation:

B.S., Engineering Technology, M.S., Engineering Technology

Personal Statement:

  • Drexel University, College of Engineering (2013-present) Assistant Professor
  • Drexel University, Goodwin College of Professional Studies (2007-2013) Assistant Professor, Engineering Technology Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics and Engineering Technology
  • Delaware County Community College (Media, Pa., 2005-08) Temporary and Adjunct Instructor, Mathematics, Science, and Engineering
  • Drexel University, College of Engineering (2000-05) Research and Teaching Assistant, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania (1997-00) Diplomat
  • Ministry of Research and Development, Romania (1994-97) Senior Governmental Expert
  • Company for Turbo-machinery and Engineering (Bucharest, Romania, 1990-97) Senior Researcher

Areas of Expertise:

  • Thermal-fluid systems and fluid flow modeling and analysis, fluid power systems
  • Combustion phenomena (droplets in microgravity), fire safety
  • Propulsion systems: design, testing and performances and their industrial applications
  • Development of methods, techniques, software tools and expert systems applications in design and computation for propulsion systems.
  • Plasma Assisted Combustion
  • Quality Control
  • Finite Element Analysis, CAD and Modeling

Academic Distinctions:

  • Member of Combustion Institute, SWE, ASME and ASEE
  • Member of German-Romanian Commission for technical and scientific co-operation (1994-99)
  • Coordinator of PHARE Program on institutional and branch audits, Segall Quince Inc., UK (1994-99)
  • Scientific Secretary of the Commission for Management, Economy, Legislation, and Science Policy of the R&D Advisory Council of the Ministry of Research and Technology (1994-99)

Research Interests:

  • Experimental and numerical method of investigation for combustion of clusters of fuel droplets under normal and micro gravity conditions
  • Micro combined cooling and heating power systems, performance, integration and analysis
  • Alternative and bio fuels
  • Renewable energy sources: computational simulation and experimental investigation of various energy sources and their interactions
  • Development of laboratory enhanced learning modules and student projects to foster academic excellence and stimulate creativity and innovation.
  • Development of a micro power plant using micro-thermal and fluidic devices as laboratory educational experiments


  • I. Ciobanescu Husanu, R. Belu, M. Mauk, E. Carr “An innovative approach in teaching “Measurement Laboratory” courses”, Proceedings of ASEE International Conference, Vancouver BC, Canada, 2011
  • I. Ciobanescu Husanu, R. Belu, “Vaporization and combustion of droplet clusters in zero – gravity environment”, Proceedings of FEMTEC 2011, South Lake Tahoe, 2011
  • R. Belu, I Ciobanescu Husanu, “An Undergraduate Course on Renewable Energy Conversion Systems for Engineering Technology Students”, Proceedings of ASEE International Conference, Vancouver BC, Canada, 2011
  • R. Belu, C. Belu, I Ciobanescu Husanu, “Teaching Mechanics with MAPLE”, Proceedings of ASEE International Conference, Vancouver BC, Canada, 2011
  • L. Wu, A. Nikipelov, J. Lane, I.N. Ciobanescu Husanu, N.P. Cernansky, D.L. Miller, A.A. Fridman, A.Yu. Starikovskiy, “Kinetics of OH Radicals below Self-Ignition Threshold in Plasma Enhanced Combustion”, Technical Meeting of the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute, College Park, MD, October 2009
  • I. Ciobanescu, “Droplet Interactions during Combustion of Unsupported Droplet Clusters In Microgravity: Numerical Study of Droplet Interactions At Low Reynolds Number", PhD Dissertation, Drexel University, 2005
  • I. Ciobanescu, G.A. Ruff, “Combustion of Unsupported Droplet Clusters in Microgravity”, Poster Session of 30th International Symposium of Combustion Institute, July 2004
  • G.A. Ruff, S. Liu, I. Ciobanescu, “Combustion of Unsupported Clusters of Droplets in Microgravity”, KAIST Workshop, Drexel University, August 2003
  • G.A. Ruff, S. Liu, I. Ciobanescu, “Droplet Vaporization in a Levitating Acoustic Field”, Proceedings of 7th International Workshop on Microgravity Combustion and Chemically Reacting Systems, June 2003