HISTORY

The Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute, one of the largest sections in the Institute, has been involved in a variety of regional and national activities. The constant binding elements have been the style and spirit of our section meetings.

Eli Dabora was the Chair of the Eastern Section at our Silver Anniversary and, with the help of Combustion Institute staff members Marge Salomony and Sue Terpack, compiled some history for our section. An updated version of his description is given below, expanding with records of past Executive Committee members and meeting locations.

The move to create U.S. sectional meetings was initiated in the west and advanced eastward, the Central Section preceding us by two or three annual meetings. In March of 1967, an organizational committee met for the purpose of starting an Eastern Section. Unlike the other two sections, the committee included a Canadian representative to formalize the inclusion of the Eastern Provinces in the Eastern Section. Our Canadian colleagues spun off to be part of a national Canadian section about 20 years ago.

The first meeting of the section took place in November 1967 under provisional status in Pittsburgh, the site of our parent organization. On July 6th, the Board of Directors of the Combustion Institute approved the formation of the section during the 12th Combustion Symposium in Poitiers, France. The second meeting, held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in October 1968, was in effect the first one as a formally established section. This meeting had fewer attendees (116), than the first (128), with the numbers of presentations being 25 and 32, respectively.

These “Fall Technical Meetings” grew and continued annually until 1997, adopting the theme and proceedings-volume name Chemical & Physical Processes in Combustion in 1973. The meeting format has come to be 2-1/2 to three parallel sessions lasting from Monday through Wednesday. There are typically over 110 contributed papers per meeting, plus invited plenary talks that precede each morning and afternoon’s sessions.

In 1997, we began a new pattern of meetings with the Technical Meeting in the fall of odd-numbered years, the International Symposium in the following summer (even-numbered years), and the Joint Meeting of the US Sections in the following spring (odd-numbered years). Thus, the three meetings for the section members are spread out over a two-year cycle. We hosted the initial Joint Meeting of the US Sections in 1999 at George Washington University, and in the spring of 2005, we hosted the Fourth Joint Meeting at Drexel University.

Student participation is an important part of the meetings, which we encourage and support. In 1978, we reduced registration fees for students and shortly thereafter initiated a program to provide honoraria to student presenters. Frequently, payment of the honoraria has been facilitated by corporate supporters, to whom we are deeply indebted. Recently, we’ve been able to extend this support to student presenters at the international meetings. The new talent, creativity, and fresh ideas brought to this community by these younger members are invaluable. In return, our community can promise a complex, interdependent, interdisciplinary science that will continue to offer challenges and opportunities.

In the last twelve years, we have made increasing use of a section Web site to share information. There is potential for a much expanded role, specifically in its use as an educational and information center for combustion-related issues. We hope to join increasingly with other sections to share information with each other and the public.

Med Colket and Phil Westmoreland June 2006

Meeting Themes and locations

Year

Theme

Location

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1993

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1999

1999

2001

2001

2003

2003

2005

2005

2007

2007

2009

2009

2011

2011

2013

2013

2015

2016

Scientific Aspects of Fire

Heterogenous Combustion

Air Pollution from Combustion

Mathematical Modeling of Flames

Fire Research

Fire Safety

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Central/Eastern Joint Meeting

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

1st Joint Meeting of the U.S. Sections

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

2nd Joint Meeting of the U.S. Sections

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

3rd Joint Meeting of the U. S. Sections

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

4th Joint Meeting of the U. S. Sections

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

5th Joint Meeting of the U. S. Sections

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

6th US National Meeting

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

7th US National Meeting

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

8th US National Meeting

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

9th US National Meeting

Chem. & Phys. Proc. in Combustion

Mellon Inst., Pittsburgh, PA

U. of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA

U. of West Virginia, Morgantown, WV

Georgia Inst. of Tech., Atlanta, GA

U. of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario

Princeton U., Princeton, NJ

McGill U., Montreal, Quebec

APL/Johns Hopkins U., Silver Spring, MD

Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY

Drexel U., Philadelphia, PA

United Tech. Res. Ctr, E. Hartford, CT

Eden Roc Hotel, Miami Beach, FL

Georgia Inst. of Tech., Atlanta, GA

Princeton U., Princeton, NJ

Carnegie-Mellon U., Pittsburgh, PA

Caesars Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ

Biltmore Plaza/Brown U., Providence, RI

Holiday Inn, Clearwater Beach, FL

Sheraton Hotel/Drexel U. Philadelphia, PA

Hotel Condado Beach, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Nat. Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, MD

Holiday Inn, Clearwater Beach, FL

Desmond America Hotel/RP I, Albany, NY

Delta Orlando Resort, Orlando, FL

Cornell U., Ithaca, NY

New Orleans, LA

Princeton U., Princeton, NJ

Clearwater Beach, FL

Worcester Polytechnic Inst., Worcester, MA

Hilton Head, SC

Sheraton Hartford, Hartford CT

George Washington U., Washington, D.C.

North Carolina State U., Raleigh, NC

Oakland/LBNL, CA

Hilton Head, SC

U. Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL

Penn State University, University Park, PA

Drexel U., Philadelphia PA

U. Central Florida, Orlando FL

U. California San Diego, San Diego CA

U. Virginia, Charlottesville VA

U. Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

U. Maryland, College Park, MD

Georgia Tech., Atlanta, GA

U. Connecticut, Storrs, CT

U. Utah, Park City, UT

Clemson U., Clemson, SC

Cincinnati, OH

Princeton U., Princeton, NJ

Officers of the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute, 1967 to present

Years

Chair

1st Vice Chair

2nd Vice Chair

Secretary

Treasurer

Program Chair

Papers Chair

Arrangement
Chair

1967-69

1969-71

1971-73*

1973-75

1975-76

1977-79

1979-81

1981-83

1983-85

1985-87

1987-89

1989-91

1991-93

1993-95

1995-97

1997-99

1999-01

2001-03

2003-05

2005-07

2007-09

2009-11

2011-13

2013-15

2015-17

2017-19

R. Levine

R. Friedman

R. Friedman

H.G. Wolfhard

B.T. Zinn

T.A. Brzustowski

W.A. Sirignano

G.M. Faeth

D.J. Seery

F. Williams

F. Tamanini

E.K. Dabora

J.J Sangiovanni

R.J. Santoro

R.G. Gann

F.C. Gouldin

M.B. Colket

P.R. Westmoreland

M.D. Smooke

N.P. Cernansky

J.H. Miller

B.M. Cetegen

W.L. Roberts

D.C. Haworth

A. Trouvé

Y. Ju

A.L. Thompson

A.L. Thompson

A.L. Thompson

A.L. Thompson

L. Kurylko

Wm. Bartok

G.M. Faeth

D.J. Seery

F. Williams

E.K. Dabora

E.K. Dabora

J.J. Sangiovanni

R.J. Santoro

R.G. Gann

F.C. Gouldin

M.B. Colket

P.R. Westmoreland

M.D. Smooke

N.P. Cernansky

J.H. Miller

B.M. Cetegen

W.L. Roberts

D.C. Haworth

A. Trouvé

Y. Ju

C.J. Sung

R. Friedman

H.G. Wolfhard

H.G. Wolfhard

B.T. Zinn

T.A. Brzustowski

W.A. Sirignano

D.J. Seery

F. Williams

W.C. Strahle

F. Tamanini

J.J. Sangiovanni

R.J. Santoro

R.G. Gann

–

R.H. Essenhigh

R.H. Essenhigh

F. Wright

L. Kurylko

Wm. Bartok

G.M. Faeth

F. Tamanini

M. Sibulkin

J.J. Sangiovanni

J.J. Sangiovanni

R.S. Sheinson

R.S. Sheinson

K. Brezinsky

K. Brezinsky

K. Brezinski

T. Rawlins

T. Rawlins

T. Rawlins

T. Rawlins

T. Rawlins

T. Rawlins

D.L. Miller

D.L. Miller

B.A. Bennett

B.A. Bennett

P. Papas

P. Papas

R. Roberts

R. Roberts

R. Roberts

R.H. Long, Jr.

R.H. Long, Jr.

E.K. Bastress

R.S. Sheinson

R.S. Sheinson

R.S. Sheinson

R.S. Sheinson

R.G. Gann

R.G. Gann

C.E. Hermance

C.E. Hermance

C.E. Hermance

C.E. Hermance

B.M. Cetegen

B.M. Cetegen

B.M. Cetegen

B.M. Cetegen

H.K. Chelliah

H.K. Chelliah

H.K. Chelliah

Y. Ju

M.E. Mueller

M.E. Mueller

H.G. Wolfhard

F. Wright

C. Wm. Shipman

I. Glassman

A. Fontijn

T.Y. Toong

J. Quintiere

I. Glassman

G.M. Faeth

R.G. Gann

R.J. Santoro

F.C. Gouldin

K. Kailasanath

M.D. Smooke

P.R. Westmoreland

W.M. Pitts

N.P. Cernansky

J.H. Miller

S.R. Turns

L.D. Pfefferle

W.L. Roberts

W.L. Roberts

D.C. Haworth

A. Trouvé

M.W. Renfro

C.J. Sung

P. Pepiot

R. Fristrom

B.T. Zinn

I. Glassman

R.S. Magee

W.A. Sirignano

J. Quintiere

F. Williams

H.F. Calcote

K.K. Kuo

R.J. Santoro

B.J. McCaffery

C.K. Law

F.C. Gouldin

K. Kailasanath

M.D. Smooke

P.R. Westmoreland

W.M. Pitts

N.P. Cernansky

J.H. Miller

B.T. Wolfson

W. May

C. W. Shipman

H.F. Sullivan

W. Bartok

H.A. Becker

John deRis

H.A. Becker

F.A. Williams

H. Sullivan

F.L. Dryer

F. Tamanini

F. Tamanini

C. Proctor

P.A. Tatem

P.A. Tatem

P.A. Tatem

M.B. Colket

M.B. Colket

J.H. Miller

J.H. Miller

W.L. Roberts

W.L. Roberts

D.L. Miller

A. Trouvé

A. Trouvé

M.W. Renfro

*Derived from incomplete records and may be inaccurate.