CER News:
5th U.S. Combustion Meeting Report

March 2007
Steve Buckley

The 5th U.S. Combustion meeting was held March 25-28 at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, CA, hosted by U.C. San Diego Center for Energy Research and the MAE Dept. There were a total of 427 participants at the meeting, including 174 students. There were a total of 289 oral presentations and 34 poster presentations given at the meeting. The oral presentations were given in 8 parallel sessions in 15-minute slots, from Monday morning to Wednesday mid-day. Two invited speakers presented talks each morning Monday - Wednesday, and the poster session was in the second half of Thursday afternoon.

Major sponsorship for the meeting included grants from the National Science Foundation and the Army Research Office. Local sponsorship included generous donations from Solar Turbines, Inc., and General Atomics. Cambridge Press, Taylor and Francis, and Elsevier also contributed to the meeting. These sponsorships helped considerably in making the meeting affordable.

Feedback on the meeting has indicated that it was a technical and social success. The weather was positive, and the venue was nice. The Program Chair (Kal Seshadri) had put together an outstanding program of invited talks, and many attendees commented that the mix of more social time and faster talks (shortened from 20-25 minutes in earlier meetings to 15 minutes) helped make the meeting productive in a business and a technical sense.

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