James F. Driscoll

Arthur B. Modine Professor


3004 François-Xavier Bagnoud Aerospace Building
1320 Beal Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2140


Positions Held At U-M

  • Interim Chair, Department of Aerospace Engineering, 2003-2005
  • Associate Chair, Department of Aerospace Engineering, 2001-2003
  • Professor of Aerospace Engineering


  • Princeton University
    • PhD Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences

Research Interests

Supersonic Combustion within Scramjet Experiments
Rocket Combustion (H2-O2) for NASA’s Project Constellation Center at Michigan
Nitric Oxide Formation in General Electric TAPS Jet Engine Combustors
Fundamental Studies of Turbulent Combustion

Research areas:

Professional Service

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  • President, the Combustion Institute, 2016-2020
  • Vice President & President-Elect, The Combustion Institute 2012-2016
  • Editor, Combustion and Flame, 2003-2009
  • Board of Directors, The Combustion Institute
  • Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2005
  • Technical Program Co-Chair, 28th Symposium on Combustion, Edinburgh, 2000
  • AIAA Propellants and Combustion Award for 2013
  • The Silver Medal of the Combustion Institute (1998) for the outstanding paper of the
  • Twenty-Sixth International Symposium on Combustion Naples, Italy, 1996 (with co-authors C. Mueller, M.C. Drake, D. Reuss)
  • Distinguished paper award, 2006 Symposium on Combustion, Heidelberg, with co-author Jeffrey Sutton
  • AIAA Best Paper Award-in the area of Propellants and Combustion, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1994 and 2008
  • Combustion and Flame Most Cited Author Award for 2005-2008
  • Silver Shaft Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2001
  • The Research Excellence Award – Department of Aerospace Engineering, 1993
  • Outstanding Faculty Member Award for 1982, College of Engineering Class of ’38 Award
  • Service Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2007
  • AIAA Service and Leadership Award, 1990
  • Interim Chair, Department of Aerospace Engineering, 2003-2005