Jason Porter

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department
1610 Illinois St., Golden, CO 80401

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  • Stanford University, Ph.D., 2010
  • The University of Texas at Austin, M.S., 2005
  • Brigham Young University, B.S., 2003


Dr. Porter received his PhD from Stanford University where he developed optical sensors for fuel sensing in internal combustion engines, supported by an NDSEG fellowship and Nissan Motor Co. His doctoral research focused on applications of multi-wavelength mid-infrared lasers for detection of fuel vapor in the presence of fuel films and aerosols. He received his MS from UT Austin where he developed optimization algorithms for radiation heat transfer models. During his masters research, Dr. Porter worked at Sandia National Labs where he applied radiation heat transfer models to fire science applications.

Research Interests

Dr. Porter’s research can be broadly grouped into two efforts: 1) developing optical diagnostics for in-situ detection and control of complex energy conversion technologies, and 2) studying fundamental transport and chemical kinetics for improved efficiency and reduced pollution in energy conversion. Technologies studied include: room-temperature ionic liquids, sodium-ion batteries, diesel spray combustion, gasification, steam-methane reforming, PEM fuel cell manufacturing, and solar photovoltaic manufacturing.

A significant research focus is in gasification of biomass, coal, and waste streams to produce syngas—a potentially much cleaner process than direct combustion. A laboratory-scale high-pressure entrained-flow gasifier serves as a test bed for many fundamental gasification studies, including two current projects studying char gasification kinetics and hydrogen separation membranes.

Graduate Students

David Curran

Graduate Research Assistant
Projects: Thermal ceramics, Hydrogen compression

Derek Jacobsen

Graduate Research Assistant
Project: Optical diagnostics for fuel cell manufacturing

Benjamin Kee

Graduate Research Assistant
Project: Hydrogen compression
Advisor: Steven DeCaluwe

Daniel Korff

Graduate Research Assistant
Project: Optical diagnostics for fuel cell manufacturing
Advisor: Steven DeCaluwe

Undergraduate Students

Mason Hightower

Undergraduate Research Fellow

Nicholas Gertie

Undergraduate Research Fellow
Project: Hydrogen separation

Anna Christiansen

Undergraduate Research Fellow

Former Students

  • Najmus Saqib, PhD 2018
    Assistant Professor, University of Indianapolis
  • Madison Kelley, PhD 2017
    Research Engineer, Johns Manville
  • Adam Phillips, MS 2017
    Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin
  • Jeffrey Wheeler, PhD 2016
    Assistant Teaching Professor, Colorado School of Mines
  • Michael Beeman, MS 2015
    PhD Candidate, University of Utah
  • David Bicknase, BS 2013
    Mines Electrical Engineering masters program
  • Daniel Bittinat, MS 2013
    Jacobs Construction
  • Nick Lumley, MS 2013
    Burns & McDonnell
  • Van Blackwood, PhD 2014
    Co-Advisor: Prof. David Olson
    Jr. Process Engineer, BENTELER Steel/Tube
  • Micah Jakulewicz, MS 2013
    Los Alamos National Laboratory