Posted: October 18, 2012
Randall (Randy) Mathison, a senior research engineer at the Aeronautical and Astronautical Research Laboratories (AARL), has been selected to receive the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute's (IGTI) inaugural Early Career Engineer Award at the ASME Turbo Expo, June 3-7, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.
In support of Mathison's nomination for the award, Aerospace Engineering Professor Michael Dunn stated that his AARL colleague is "at the very top of the current generation of researchers within the Gas Turbine community." Mathison, has been an active member of ASME since 1999. His current and primary area of research deals with heat transfer, aerodynamics, and aeroperformance for full-stage film cooled high pressure turbines operating at design corrected conditions (flow function, corrected speed, and stage pressure ratio). He has contributed numerous technical papers and presented at many IGTI meetings over the course of the past seven years. Many of his papers have been published or are being considered for publication by the ASME Journal of Turbomachinery. He was a 2006 recipient of the IGTI Heat Transfer Committee's Best Paper Award for a two-part paper dealing with aerodynamic and heat transfer measurements for a fully-cooled turbine stage. In 2007, he won the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award presented by NASA Glenn Research Center for his work on the NASA/DoD URETI Aeropropulsion and Power Technology program, which was a major initiative performed in collaboration by Georgia Institute of Technology, The Ohio State University, and Florida A&M University. Mathison was also the recipient of the 2010 IGTI Heat Transfer Committee Best Paper Award for his research involving a stage and one-half turbine operating at design corrected conditions with the vane fully cooled, with purge flow, but with the blades uncooled.
Mathison received his BS in ME from Iowa State University, his MS in ME from Ohio State and has been a staff researcher at Ohio State's Gas Turbine Laboratory since earning his PhD in ME from Ohio State in 2009.
Visit the ASME web site to learn more about this new award.