David L. Blunck

David L. Blunck

David L. Blunck

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs
Associate Professor
College of Engineering
Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

314 Rogers Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2010
MS, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2008
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 2005

Dr. Blunck’s research focuses on combustion, ignition, radiation, and energy. His group conducts research which seeks to understand the science associated with practical (e.g. gas turbine engine) and natural (e.g. forest fires) chemical energy conversion. He is the lead PI on more than three-million dollars of funded research at Oregon State and has many national and international collaborations.

Prior to joining MIME, he worked at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Turbine Engine Division, in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Blunck was the lead investigator for fundamental combustion research efforts related to gas turbine combustors and pollutant formation. He helped to lead a team of engineers in designing and testing the world’s smallest combustor for use in advanced gas turbine engines. 

Dr. Blunck is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Welty Faculty Fellow, the AIAA Pacific Northwest Section Young Engineer of the Year (2014 – 2015), and the outstanding graduate student from the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University (2010).

He has been at Oregon State since 2013.

2019 Celebrate Excellence Awards, Research Collaboration Award

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