James Michael


Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering


2096 Black Engr.
2529 Union Dr.
Ames, IA 500112030



  • PhD, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2012
  • MA, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2009
  • BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland-College Park, 2007

Interest Areas

  • Optical and spectroscopic diagnostics of reacting, multiphase, and non-equilibrium flows
  • Droplet and spray physics
  • Plasma-assisted combustion


See full list at Google Scholar profile.


  • A.C. LoCurto, M.A. Welch, T.R. Sippel, and J.B. Michael, “High-speed visible supercontinuum laser absorption spectroscopy of metal oxides,” Optics Letters 56 (2021) 3288-3291. 10.1364/OL.428456
  • N. Sliefert, G. Li, J.B. Michael, and A.L. Yarin, “Experimental and Numerical Study of Blood Backspatter Interaction with Firearm Propellant Gases,” Physics of Fluids 33 (2021) 043319. 10.1063/5.0045219
  • C.E. Dedic and J.B. Michael, “Thermalization dynamics in a pulsed microwave plasma-enhanced laminar flame,” Combustion and Flame 227 (2021) 322-344. 10.1016/j.combustflame.2021.01.006
  • S.J. Barkley, J.E. Lynch, E.J. Miklaszewski, J.M. Dilger, W.F. Crespo, J.B. Michael, S. Subramaniam, and T.R. Sippel, “Microwave-assisted modulation of light emission intensity in alkali-pyrotechnic plumes,” Combustion and Flame 225 (2021) 406-416. 10.1016/j.combustflame.2020.11.005
  • A. Chausalkar, C-B Kweon, and J.B. Michael, “Multicomponent fuel drop-wall interaction at high ambient pressures,” Fuel 283 (2021) 119071. 10.1016/j.fuel.2020.119071
  • A. Chausalkar, C.B. Kweon, S.C. Kong, and J.B. Michael, “Leidenfrost behavior in drop-wall impacts at combustor-relevant ambient pressures,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 153 (2020) 119571. 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2020.119571
  • S.J. Barkley, K. Zhu, J.E. Lynch, J.B. Michael, and T.R. Sippel, “Microwave plasma enhancement of multiphase flames: On-demand control of solid-propellant burning rate,” Combustion and Flame 199 (2019) 14-23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.combustflame.2018.10.007
  • C.E. Dedic, T.R. Meyer, and J.B. Michael, “Single-shot ultrafast coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering of vibrational/rotational nonequilibrium,” Optica 4 (2017) 563-570. 10.1364/OPTICA.4.000563
  • J.B. Michael, T.L. Chng, and R.B. Miles, “Sustained propagation of ultra-lean methane/air flames with pulsed microwave energy deposition,” Combustion and Flame 160 (2013) 796-807. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.combustflame.2012.12.006
  • J.B. Michael, M.R. Edwards, A. Dogariu, and R.B. Miles, “Femtosecond laser electronic excitation tagging for quantitative velocimetry imaging in air,” Applied Optics 50 (2011) 5158. https://doi.org/10.1364/AO.50.005158