Jeff Santner

Jeff Santner
College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location: ET A-131
Phone: 323-343-4475 Email:

Office and Advising Hours (Spring 2021)

Regular office hours: Tuesdays 1:00 - 3:00

Advising office hours: Mondays and Thursdays 9:30 - 12:30

All office hours are on zoom. I don't want to publicly post the zoom information here, you should be able to find it on the ME advising website and on your canvas page.

Teaching Interests

I typically teach Thermodynamics (ME 3260), Heat Transfer (ME 4060), Fluid Mechanics I (ME 3030), and Propulsion Systems (ME 4040). 

Fall 2018 - Special Topics - Combustion 

Research Interests

My research is in combustion, with a focus on combustion chemistry and flame initiation/propagation. Right now I'm working on: NOx formation, kinetic model reduction, design of optimal experiments, and extraction of reaction rates from literature experiments.

Education and previous positions

Title Dates Location Description
Assistant Professor 2017 - present Cal State LA Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering
Postdoctoral Appointee 2015 - 2017 Argonne National Laboratory Working with S. Scott Goldsborough in ES division. Experimental and modeling research on ignition in rapid compression machines. Focus on bio-derived fuels and sources of experimental uncertainty including mild ignition
Graduate Student 2009 - 2015 Princeton University Received my M.A. and Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. I worked with Yiguang Ju and Frederick Dryer. Research topics included flame speed measurement, flame chemistry, model reduction, and measurements in a flow reactor
Undergraduate Student 2005 - 2009 Swarthmore College

Received my B.S. in Engineering from Swarthmore college, with a minor in Physics.


For an accurate list of publications see my google scholar page.

For any open-source code I've worked on, including a GUI solver for thermodynamic states, see my GitHub page or my lab GitHub page.