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Yiannis Levendis

COE Distinguished Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Affiliated faculty,  Civil and Environmental Engineering

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  • 617.373.3806

Research Focus

Gasification and combustion of solid fuels, generation and containment of combustion-generated pollution, synthesis and characterization of combustion-generated materials, fire suppression – fire extinction, engine design and operation

Education

  • PhD (1987), Environmental Engineering Science, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • M.S. (1982) Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • B.S. (1981) Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

Honors & Awards

  • ASME/AIME Percy Nicholls Award 2015
  • George Westinghouse Gold Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers 2013
  • Honorable Mention as co-advisor of best engineering thesis, Brazilian Ministry of Education, 2012
  • AEA Environmental Award, Brazilian Association of Automotive Engineering, 2012
  • Outstanding Oral Presentation Award, SAE International Congress / Exposition, 2010
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, ASEE New England Section, 2007
  • John J. McCambridge Award, Institute of Hazardous Materials Management, 2007
  • Elected Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers SAE, 2007
  • Elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME, 2006
  • Elected Distinguished Professor College of Engineering, Northeastern University, 2006
  • SAE Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, SAE, 2005
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Engineering, Northeastern University, 2005
  • Outstanding Research Award, College of Engineering, Northeastern University, 2001
  • Elected member of ΦΚΦ, Northeastern University, 2000
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, University-wide, Northeastern University, 1995
  • Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Professor (students’ choice) 2010, 2002, 1998, 1995, 1993
  • SAE Faculty Advisor Recognition Award, SAE, 1997
  • SAE Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, SAE, 1994
  • Ralph E. Teetor Educational Award SAE, 1993
  • Charipar Fellow, Cummins Engine Company, 1982 and 1983

Teaching Interests

  • Combustion – Air Pollution
  • Energy Harvesting – Power Generation – Sustainability
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Engineering Design

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International
  • Member of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Member of The Combustion Institute
  • Member of the honorary societies: TBΠ, ΠTΣ and ΦΚΦ.

Research Focus

Gasification and combustion of solid fuels, generation and containment of combustion-generated pollution, synthesis and characterization of combustion-generated materials, fire suppression – fire extinction, engine design and operation

Research Initiatives

Critical Infrastructure Sustainability and Security

Department Research Areas

Energy Systems
Civil Infrastructure Security

Selected Publications

  • X. Ren, R.Sun, X. Meng, N. Vorobiev, M. Schiemann, Y. A. Levendis, Carbon, Sulfur and Nitrogen Oxide Emissions from Combustion of Pulverized Raw and Torrefied Biomass, Fuel, 188, 310–323, 2017
  • E.Rokni, H. Chi, Y. A. Levendis, In-Furnace Sulfur Capture by Co-Firing Coal With Alkali-Based Sorbents, Journal of Energy Resources Technology, Transactions of ASME, 139(4), 2017, 1-7
  • X. Ren, R. Sun, H. Chi, X. Meng and Y.A. Levendis, Hydrogen Chloride Emissions from Combustion of Pulverized Raw and Torrefied Biomass , Fuel, 200, 2017, 37-46
  • A. Panahi, Y.A. Levendis, N. Vorobiev, M. Schiemann, Direct Observations on the Combustion Characteristics of Miscanthus and Beechwood Biomass Including Fusion and Spherodization, Fuel Processing Technology, 166, 2017, 41-49
  • E. Rokni Y. A. Levendis, Utilization of a High-Alkali Lignite Coal Ash for SO2 Capture in Power Generation, Journal of Energy Engineering (ASCE), 143(4), 2017, 1-7
  • N. Vorobiev, A. Becker, H. Kruggel-Emden, A. Panahi, Y.A. Levendis, M. Schiemann, Particle Shape and Stefan Flow Effects on the Burning Rate of Torrefied Biomass,Fuel, 210, 2017, 107-120
  • E. Rokni, X. Ren, A. Panahi Y. A. Levendis, Emissions of SO2, NOx, CO2, and HCl from Co-firing of Coals with Raw and Torrefied Biomass Fuels, Fuel, 211, 2017, 363-374

Faculty

Aug 13, 2018

Levendis Awarded $240K NSF Grant

MIE Professor Yiannis Levendis was awarded a $240K NSF grant to determine the “Combustion characteristics of pulverized torrefied biomass for use in co-firing boilers”.

Faculty

Feb 26, 2018

Levendis Selected Fellow of The Combustion Institute

MIE Professor Yiannis Levendis was selected as a fellow of The Combustion Institute, for excellent research in the combustion of fossil and alternative fuels including the evolution and control of pollutants.

Faculty

Aug 24, 2017

Levendis Awarded Patent

MIE Professor Yiannis Levendis was awarded a patent for developing “carbon nanostructures from pyrolysis of organic materials”.

Faculty

Jun 14, 2017

Fuel and Power Generation

MIE Professor Yiannis Levendis awarded a patent for "Method and device for fuel and power generation by clean combustion of organic waste material". Abstract Source: USPTO Disclosed herein are systems and methods for the conversion of solid organic waste material, such as waste plastics, into fuel for the generation of heat and power. In addition, […]

Oct 06, 2015

Levendis Quoted in Scientific American & Herald

MIE Professor Yiannis Levendis was quoted in Scientific American and Boston Herald for the environmental impact that VW emissions have had.

Jun 17, 2015

Levendis Receives Percy Nicholls Award

MIE Professor Yiannis Levendis was awarded the ASME/AIME Percy Nicholls Award for 2015 for his scientific contributions in the field of Solid Fuels.

Jun 09, 2015

Carbon Nanostructures

MIE Professor Yiannis Levendis has been awarded a patent for his method of creating “Carbon nanostructures from pyrolysis of organic materials”

Dec 04, 2013

Are plastics the new natural gas?

Yiannis Lev­endis, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Mechan­ical and Indus­trial Engi­neering at North­eastern, keeps a pho­to­graph of a burning plastic foam cup tacked to the wall above his desk. Thick black smoke emanates from the recep­tacle, which, sub­se­quent pic­tures reveal, was reduced to a sooty powder by the end of the com­bus­tion process. The photo rep­re­sents a mis­sion for Lev­endis, whose […]

Jun 05, 2013

Journey to a cleaner future

Upon arriving in Los Angeles in Sep­tember 1984 as a doc­toral stu­dent at the Cal­i­fornia Insti­tute of Tech­nology, Yiannis Lev­endis decided to take a walk. Within min­utes of begin­ning his journey, a car pulled over to ask if he was okay. Then another and another. Lev­endis was wor­ried his shirt was on back­ward. It turned […]

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