The Combustion Institute Board of Directors Nominating Committee, chaired by Professor Heinz Pitsch, have selected, and President Philippe Dagaut has approved, the following 12 candidates for the slate for The Combustion Institute 2022 Board of Directors election. Please review the candidate profiles presented below in alphabetical order. Each profile consists of a photograph of the candidate, a one-page statement, and curriculum vitae.

Six directors will be elected by the membership from the slate of candidates. Members will be able to vote electronically using the single transferable vote (STV) election process first implemented in 2014. The election will use a modified STV process to ensure at least two female candidates and at least one industry candidate is elected, consistent with the Board’s goal of increasing diversity. Electronic ballots will be sent to members on 1 June 2022. Votes will be collected until 30 June 2022.

Election of directors is conducted biennially. Directors serve six-year terms. Please refer to The Combustion Institute By-Laws for more information about the Board of Directors. Questions regarding the election may be directed to: Office@CombustionInstitute.org.


Jeff Bergthorson
McGill University, Canada
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Nils Hansen
Sandia National Laboratories, United States
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Evatt Hawkes
UNSW, Australia
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Terese Løvås
NTNU, Norway
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Epaminondas Mastorakos
University of Cambridge, United Kindom
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Hope Michelsen 
University of Colorado Boulder, United States
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Teruyuki Okazaki
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan
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William Roberts
KAUST, Saudi Arabia
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Kelly Senecal
Convergent Science, United States
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Luc Vervisch
INSA Rouen Normandy, France
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Angela Violi
University of Michigan, United States
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Haiping Yang
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
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