Yiannis Levendis

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

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Office

  • 303 SN
  • 617.373.3806

Lab

  • 302 SN and 012F FR
  • 617.373.2388

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

  • Constantinos Mavroidis Translational Research Faculty Award 2022
  • American Society of Engineering Education Ralph Coats Roe Award 2021
  • National Academy of Inventors Fellow 2020
  • The Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow 2019
  • Fellow, Combustion Institute 2018
  • Elected to the Steering committee of the Greek Energy Forum 2016
  • 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 Combustion Institute
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors
  • Member of the honorary research society Sigma Chi (ƩX)
  • Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • 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 Overview

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

Selected Research Projects

  • Containment of Greenhouse Gases Through use of Refrigerants that are based on Petroleum-derived Products and Recycled Carbon Dioxide
    Principal Investigator, Funded by The American Chemical Society
  • Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes from Waste Polymeric Materials using Various Catalysts
    Principal Investigator, Canon Virginia Inc

Selected Publications

  • Panahi, A., Toole, N., Wang, X., Levendis, Y.A. (2020). On the Minimum Oxygen Requirements for Oxy-Combustion of Torrefied Biomass. Combustion and Flame, 213, 426-440.
  • Levendis, Y.A., Kowalski, G., Lu, Y., and Baldassarre, G. (2020). A Simple Experiment on Global Warming. Royal Society Open Science, 7, 192075, 1-11.
  • Panahi, A., Sun, X., Song, G., Levendis, Y.A. (2020). On the Impact of Carrier Gas Type and Flowrate on the Catalytic Growth of Carbon Nanotubes on Stainless Steel. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 59, 31, 14004–14014.
  • Panahi, N. Vorobiev, M. Schiemann, M. Tarakcioglu, M. Delichatsios ,Y.A. Levendis, Combustion Details of Raw and Torrefied Biomass Fuel Particles with Individually-Observed Size, Shape and Mass, Combustion and Flame, 207, 2019, 327-341
  • Z. Wang, S.C. Yelishala, G. Yu, H. Metghalchi, Y.A. Levendis Effects of Carbon Dioxide on Laminar Burning Speed and Flame Instability of Methane/Air and Propane/Air Mixtures: A Literature Review, Energy and Fuels, 33, 2019, 9403-9418
  • Panahi, Z. Wei, G. Song, Y.A. Levendis, Influence of Stainless-Steel Catalyst Substrate Type and Pretreatment on Growing Carbon Nanotubes from Waste Postconsumer Plastics, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 58, 2019, 3009−3023
Bala Maheswaran Presenting at the ASEE conference.

Faculty

Apr 27, 2022

ASEE-NE2022 Conference Awards

The ASEE-NE Chair and FYE/ECE Teaching Professor Bala Maheswaran led the ASEE Northeast 2022 Conference at Wentworth Institute of Technology from April 22 -23, 2022 which was resoundingly successful with extensive participation in the post-pandemic era. The Northeastern University students and faculty contributed their work at the conference (https://wit.edu/ASEENE2022), and won the following awards: Best […]

Faculty

Apr 15, 2022

Faculty and Staff Awards 2022

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2021-2022 academic school year.

Faculty

Dec 23, 2021

COE Professors Selected in Stanford University List of Top 2% Scientists Worldwide

The following COE professors are among the top scientists worldwide selected by Stanford University representing the top 2 percent of the most-cited scientists with single-year impact in various disciplines. The selection is based on the top 100,000 by c-score (with and without self-citations) or a percentile rank of 2% or above. The list below includes […]

Levendis standing in front of furnace.

Faculty

Nov 12, 2021

Upcycling Plastics for Clean Energy

Spending his childhood summers on the idyllic island of Hydra, off the coast of Greece, Professor Yiannis Levendis enjoyed daily views of the blue, unspoiled waters of the Aegean Sea. “I was raised with a natural appreciation for nature and, because of that, I have always been passionate about environmental protection,” says Levendis, a distinguished […]

Yiannis Levendis

Faculty

Nov 02, 2021

Levendis Receives 2021 Ralph Coats Roe Award

Yiannis Levendis, Distinguished Professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at Northeastern, received the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) 2021 Ralph Coats Roe Award, which “recognizes an engineering educator who is an outstanding teacher and has made a notable contribution to the profession.”

levendis holds an air filter

Faculty

Jan 17, 2020

Levendis Selected as Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Yiannis Levendis, Distinguished Professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at Northeastern, focuses on creating reusable products, cleverly repurposing our waste, and lighting a remarkable number of things on fire.

Yiannis Levendis

Faculty

Sep 26, 2019

Levendis Selected as Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry

MIE Professor Yiannis Levendis has been admitted by the council to The Royal Society of Chemistry as a Fellow for his impact in the field of the chemical sciences.

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”.

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