Extreme Environment Sensing for Smart Power and Propulsion Systems

Debbie Senesky, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Monday, February 25, 2013 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center | Free and Open to All

Harsh environment sensors can be used to perform real-time, in-situ combustion monitoring leading to designs of power and propulsion systems (e.g. automotive engines, industrial gas turbines and aircraft engines) with increased efficiencies, fuel flexibility and reduced CO2 emissions.

In addition, new milestones in space exploration can be realized through the development of high temperature, radiation-hardened materials, instrumentation and energy conversion devices. In this talk, compelling results of silicon carbide (SiC), gallium nitride (GaN) and aluminum nitride (AlN) sensor operation at temperatures as high as 600oC is reviewed.

Brief Bio:

Debbie G. Senesky received the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2007. From 2007 to 2008, she was a Design Engineer for GE Sensing (formerly known as NovaSensor).

From 2008 to 2012, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center developing silicon carbide (SiC) sensing technology for extreme harsh environments.

Recently, she has been appointed to the faculty in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at Stanford University. Her research interests include the development of micro- and nano-scale sensors, wide bandgap electronics and ceramic materials for operation within extreme harsh environments.

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