Irina Ciobanescu Husanu

Associate Clinical Professor & Senior Design Coordinator
Engineering Leadership and Society

Irina Ciobanescu Husanu

Associate Clinical Professor & Senior Design Coordinator
Engineering Leadership and Society

Biography

  • 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

Degrees / Education

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, 2005 
  • MS, Aeronautical Engineering, Polytechnic University of Bucharest, 1990

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.

Areas of Study

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)

Select Publications

  • 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