Joseph M. Powers, Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Concurrent Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Notre Dame, received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1983, 1985, and 1988, respectively. His research interests include computational mechanics, combustion dynamics and thermodynamics, scientific computing, verification and validation, detonation theory, energetic solids, high-speed propulsion, transition to detonation in solid propellants, reactive porous media, numerical and theoretical methods for multiscale phenomena, and systematic reduction of large systems of chemical kinetics. He is the author of numerous papers in the archival literature, and two graduate textbooks, one on applied mathematics and the other on combustion dynamics.
He led the Verification/Validation/Uncertainty Quantification group within the NNSA-supported Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials (C-SWARM). He has supervised many graduate students since joining the faculty in 1989. He has held appointments at NASA Glenn Research Center, the U.S. Air Force Wright Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of numerous teaching and advising awards and a former Associate Department Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies. He received a NASA Innovative Technology Award in 1999. Dr. Powers is a Member of the American Physical Society, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, ASME, and the Combustion Institute. He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and the Editor-in-Chief of the AIAA's Journal of Propulsion and Power.