- Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1995
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.
- "Study of the Transport Processes for Polymer Optical Fiber Drawing," to be submitted to Polymer Engineering and Science.
- "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).
- "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).
- "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).
- "Influence of Pressure on the Combustion Rate of Carbon," 26th International Combustion Symposium, pp. 3085-3094, 1996 (with R.H. Essenhigh).
- "Integration of Statistical Methods in Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Laboratory Courses," 4th Interamerican Conference on Engineering and Technology Education, 1996 (with E. Finol, J. Duffy).
- "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).
- "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).
- "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).
- "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).
- "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).
- "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).
- "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).
- "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).