Fellow, Retired; Corporation Pratt & Whitney Program
Dr. Meredith B. (Med) Colket is retired as a Senior Fellow of United Technologies Research Center, where he was employed for more than 37 years. He obtained his bachelor of science from Cornell University and his masters and doctorate from Princeton University and performed post-doctoral research at Purdue University. He presently serves as a technical coordinator for the National Jet Fuels Combustion Program and is a contributor the NASA microgravity combustion program. He is an internationally known expert on the gas-phase kinetics of hydrocarbon fuels, soot formation, fuel pre-processing and endothermic fuels with applications to hypersonic flight, probe phenomena, and diagnostics for combustion derived pollutants. As part of the endothermic fuel efforts, he developed the criteria for the fuel utilized in the recent X-51 demonstrations for scramjet operation exceeding speeds in excess of Mach 5. He has made significant contributions to physics-based simulations of combustion phenomena and to related product development for gas turbine combustors with low emissions, military augmentors with good ‘static’ stability, toxic gas detectors, and fire suppression. He has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and has been awarded 11 patents. He was a member of the NRC panel that wrote the report entitled the “Task Group on Research on the International Space Station” and was a member of the NAS Committee on CyberInfrastructure on Combustion Science. Med served on the Executive Board of the (International) Combustion Institute for 12 years and is a member of the Board of Governors for the American Society of Gravitational and Space Research. He was a co-editor for two of the volumes for the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute and, from 2008, has been an associate editor for the journal Combustion Science and Technology.