Michael D Kass

Michael D Kass

Bio

Mike Kass is a researcher in the Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center. He has over 15 years of experience in the fields of dynamometer-based engine testing, combustion/emissions research, engine materials and alternative fuels. Currently responsibilities include being the team lead for polymer-fuel compatibility studies, marine engine efficiency studies, small-engine combustion science, durability and efficiency projects, and propulsion for unmanned aerial systems (UASs).  Mike is responsible for the establishment of two unique research capabilities at ORNL; a large-bore marine crosshead diesel test facility and a small UAS engine research facility.  In addition to his primary research thrusts, Mike has also led studies on foliage acoustics, physical metallurgy, materials processing, and cavitation erosion.

Mike holds a BS in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Nebraska, an MS in Ceramic Engineering from Clemson University and a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Tennessee.  He holds committee memberships with SAE International and CRC as well as organizing and leading topical sessions for AUVSI.  Mr. Kass has over 40 publications (including Science), 3 patents, 2 book chapters and has also contributed to a BBC documentary hosted by Sir David Attenborough.

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