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Associate Professor Subith Vasu has been named a recipient of The Combustion Institute’s Research Excellence Award. This new award is designated for CI members whose combustion science research papers have had major impact on the field.

Vasu is one of 40 researchers from around the world who among the inaugural group of Research Excellence Award winners.

“I am greatly honored to be considered for this international recognition,” Vasu said. “We realize that it is not an easy achievement to be among the top in the world. This is a testament to the hard work and excellence of students and postdocs from UCF.”

The impact of the research papers was determined by an executive committee that looked at several factors, including the number of times that papers published in Combustion and Flame, the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Combustion Science and Technology, and Combustion Theory and Modelling were cited.

The Combustion Institute, founded in 1954, is a nonprofit scientific society that promotes and disseminates research in combustion science and technology.

Before joining UCF in 2012 as an assistant professor, Vasu was a postdoctoral researcher at Sandia National Laboratory. He earned his doctorate from Stanford University in 2010. He is a member of the Center for Advanced Turbomachinery and Energy Research at UCF, is an associate fellow of the American Institute of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the International Energy Agency’s Task Team on Energy.