James S. T'ien
Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering, CWRU
James S. T’ien is Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Case Western Reserve University. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton and joined CWRU in 1970. From 1998-2006, he also served as the Chief Combustion Scientist in the National Center for Space Exploration Research on Fluids and Combustion. His research interest is in combustion, fire research and propulsion. He has contributed to a number of combustion and fire research topics including flame spread over solids, flammability and extinction limits of gases, liquids and solids, radiation/flame interaction, catalytic combustion, microgravity combustion and solid rocket combustion instability. In 2002, he was awarded the Public Service Medal from NASA for his contribution to Spacecraft fire research and mentoring of younger scientists. Dr. T’ien has served as a member of the Committee to Identify Innovative Research Needs to Foster Improved Fire Safety in the United States sponsored by the National Research Council, 2002-2003. He is presently serving as a panel member in the Decadal Survey in Biological and Physical Sciences in Space sponsoring by the National Academy of Sciences.