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Dennis Assanis

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Provost's Office

Adminstration Building, 407
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-2300

Contact Info

Phone: (631) 632-7000
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  • Ph.D., Power and Propulsion, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), 1985
  • M.S., Management, Sloan School of Management, M.I.T., 1986
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, M.I.T., 1982
  • M.S., Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, M.I.T., 1982
  • B.Sc., Marine Engineering, Newcastle University, England, 1980

Professional Experience

  • Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Brookhaven Affairs, 2011-present
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stony Brook University, 2011- present

Research Interests and History 

Dr. Dennis Assanis, Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is also the Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Brookhaven Affairs. Assanis served as the Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt Professor of Engineering and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan, as well as Director of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute, Founding Director of the US-China Clean Energy Research Center for Clean Vehicles and Director of the Walter E. Lay Automotive Laboratory. Dr. Assanis’ research interests lie in the thermal sciences and their applications to energy conversion, power and propulsion, and automotive systems design. His research focuses on analytical and experimental studies of the thermal, fluid and chemical phenomena that occur in internal combustion engines, after-treatment systems, and fuel processors. His efforts to gain new understanding of the basic energy conversion processes have made significant impact in the development of energy and power systems with significantly improved fuel economy and dramatically reduced emissions. His group’s research accomplishments have been published in over 250 articles in journals and international conference proceedings. Dr. Assanis is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and is an ASME and SAE Fellow.