Associate Project Scientist, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
Director of Lasers, Flames & Aerosols (LFA)
Director, W.M. Keck Deep Ocean Power Science Laboratory (DOPSL)
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2014, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
M.S., National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, 2007, Aeronautics and Astronautics
University of California, Irvine
1127 Engineering Gateway
Mail Code: 3975
Irvine, CA 92697
Microgravity, Flames, Energy, Emission, Gas Hydrates, Optical Diagnostics, Spray and Aerosols, Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Storage, Thermal Science, Engineering Design
2015 - 2019, Assistant Project Scientist
2019 - Present, Associate Project Scientist
Thora Halstead Young Investigator Award, American Society for Gravitational and Space Research 2021
Dr. Yu-Chien (Alice) Chien is Assoc. Project Scientist at the University of California, Irvine. She served in realtime remote operations on earth for E-FIELD Flames (Electric Field Effects on Laminar Diffusion Flames) of ACME (Advanced Combustion via Microgravity Experiments) and led experiment operations on the ISS in 2018, together with the NASA Glenn Research Center OPS team.
She received her M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from NCKU (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan), 2007, and her Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2014, from UCI (University of California, Irvine). She has worked as a project scientist since 2015. Her first combustion science experience/involvement was in 2004 for an aerospace engineering senior project using fire simulator. She continued the combustion research in optic diagnostics and electrical aspects of flames through her graduate studies.
Currently, Chien is the advisor for M.S/Ph.D research and undergraduate projects. She conducts journal club, and laboratory hands-on trainings. She also serves as the Director of LFA (Lasers, Flames & Aerosols Research Group) and the Keck Foundation DOPSL (Deep Ocean Power Science Laboratory).
In addition, she also focuses on DEI (Diversity, Equality and Inclusion) and serves as the mentor/guest speaker for various activities from the minority programs on campus.
Research Interests: Microgravity Electric Field Flames, Methane Hydrate Combustion and Emission, CO2 Sequestration, Aerosols and Spray Imaging using Holography Reconstruction Techniques
NASA 80NSSC22K0364 - PeleLM CFD of Ion Driven Winds from Diffusion Flames
American Society for Gravitational and Space Research
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Lasers, Flames & Aerosols LAB/Research Group
W.M. Keck Deep Ocean Power Science Laboratory (DOPSL)