Dr. Raymond L Speth

Principal Research Scientist

Primary DLC

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

MIT Room: 33-322A

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Combustion and Emissions
Fuel Production Technology
Numerical Methods

Research Summary

Speth's research interests are in the development of sustainable energy technologies for both stationary power generation and transportation needs. He has a particular interest in the development of efficient numerical simulation tools which can be used to assess the impacts of energy use and solve problems in these areas. Speth is the lead developer of Cantera, an open-source chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, and transport package. He is also the author of Ember, a tool for simulating flames and studying flame/flow interactions. Some of Speth's recent work has been on evaluating the role of fuel properties and standards in determining the environmental impacts of transportation fuels, assessing the environmental impacts of future supersonic commercial aircraft, developing models to investigate the impacts of aircraft contrails, and evaluating the environmental benefits of prospective emissions regulations for aircraft engines.

Recent Work