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Ann Mescher

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Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering


  • Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1995

Research Statement

Dr. Mescher's professional goals in a broad sense are to discover, integrate, and transfer knowledge in the areas of thermal- fluids sciences and materials processing, with emphasis on the relation between the material properties of a manufactured product and its processing conditions. Some of the most challenging problems in engineering require cross- disciplinary efforts, and her research relies on periodic consultation with experts outside traditional boundaries of mechanical engineering.

Her efforts as a faculty member are aimed to accomplish the following research and educational goals:

  • Advance the state of knowledge on how material properties of a manufactured product are related to mass and energy transport phenomena during processing.
  • Develop processes for advanced manufacturing applications, especially those using polymer materials.
  • Introduce interdisciplinary design projects in consultation with industry to provide students with additional practical skills and experience.
  • Assist students in developing leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills by facilitating cooperative learning experiences.

Select publications

  1. "Study of the Transport Processes for Polymer Optical Fiber Drawing," to be submitted to Polymer Engineering and Science.
  2. "Mechanism of Carbon Combustion: Relative Influence of Adsorption, Desorption, and Boundary Layer Diffusion as a Function of Pressure," Combustion and Flame, Vol. 112, No. 1 and 2, January 1998 (with R.H. Essenhigh).
  3. "Influence of Pressure and Oxygen Mole Fraction on the Ignition of Single Char Particles," 1997 Central States Combustion Institute Meeting (with C. Gehring, R.H. Essenhigh).
  4. "A Study of Composite Material Response to One-Dimensional Heat Flux," accepted for the 1997 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition, (with M. Potocki, M. Tuttle).
  5. "Influence of Pressure on the Combustion Rate of Carbon," 26th International Combustion Symposium, pp. 3085-3094, 1996 (with R.H. Essenhigh).
  6. "Integration of Statistical Methods in Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Laboratory Courses," 4th Interamerican Conference on Engineering and Technology Education, 1996 (with E. Finol, J. Duffy).
  7. "Non-Critical Ignition of Coal Particles at Elevated and Reduced Pressure," Combustion Fundamentals and Applications, pp. 632-636, The Combustion Institute, 1995 (with R.H. Essenhigh).
  8. "Behavior of Coal Particles in Flames - A Numerical Simulation," 11th Annual Pittsburgh Coal Conference, pp. 316-321, 1994 (with C. Bender, R.H. Essenhigh, M. Mittal).
  9. "Flame Spread Down Paper Cylinders at Elevated Gravity," Heat Transfer in Microgravity (C.T. Avedisian and V.A. Arpaci, eds.), HTD-Vol. 269, pp. 49-57, ASME, 1993 (with R.H. Essenhigh).
  10. "Measurements and Calculations for Coal Dust Clouds in Vertical Plug Flow Streams," Combustion Fundamentals and Applications, pp. 277-282, The Combustion Institute, 1992 (with R.H. Essenhigh).
  11. "Sulfur Release from Ohio Coals and Sorbent Kinetics in Pulverized Coal Flames," Technical Report submitted to the Ohio Coal Development Office, Vol. 1-7, 1992 (with R.H. Essenhigh).
  12. "Comparison of a Theoretical Model with One-Dimensional Pulverized Coal Flame Measurements," Combustion Fundamentals and Applications, pp. 59-64, The Combustion Institute, 1991 (with X. Zhu, R.H. Essenhigh).
  13. "Variation of Internal Surface Area of Pulverized Coal at Successive Stages of Combustion," Combustion Fundamentals and Applications, pp. 349-354, The Combustion Institute, 1990 (with W. Lei, R.H. Essenhigh).
  14. "Comparison of Batch and Continuous Flow Particle Sizing of Pulverized Coal," Combustion Fundamentals and Applications, pp. 365-370, The Combustion Institute, 1989 (with M. Defazio, S. Geiger, R.H. Essenhigh).