Caroline L. Genzale

CarolineGenzale200pixDr. Caroline L. Genzale is an Associate Professor in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests center on multiphase flows and combustion in direct-injection internal combustion engines.

Since 2003, Dr. Genzale has worked on a wide variety of engine research topics in both an experimental and computational modeling capacity. Prior to arriving at Georgia Tech, Dr. Genzale was a post-doctoral researcher in the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA, where she focused on the study of fuel injection and spray-combustion processes for direct-injection gasoline and diesel engines. She employed a variety of optical and laser-based measurement techniques, including high-speed flame luminosity imaging, droplet Mie-scatter imaging, quantitative vapor-phase imaging by Rayleigh scattering, and laser-induced incandescence (LII) of soot. While working towards her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison she performed research on heavy-duty diesel engines at the UW Engine Research Center (UW-ERC). Her work at the UW-ERC focused on the development of engine CFD models and engine-design optimization tools. While at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, she also spent 9 months as a visiting researcher at Sandia National Laboratories obtaining planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) images in a heavy-duty optical diesel engine to validate engine CFD models. Her extensive experience as a computationalist during her time at UW, followed by her trajectory into experimental work at Sandia, forms the foundation for her unique integrated research approach at the Georgia Tech SPhERe Lab – a tight-coupling of high-fidelity computational model development and advanced laser-based measurements to accelerate fundamental understanding of fuel injection and in-cylinder combustion processes.

She has published over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles, resulting from her post-doctorate and doctorate work, in periodicals such as the SAE International Journal of Engines, the Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, and the biannual Proceedings of the Combustion Institute. She has twice received an Outstanding Speaker Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers for her presentations at the annual SAE World Congress. Dr. Genzale received a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California.


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009
M.S., University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2003
B.S., University of Southern California, 1997