Grayson A. Lange is graduating from the BS/MS 4+1 (B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering) program this May. He completed the master’s portion of this program in Dr. Subrata Bhattacharjee’s Computational Thermodynamics Lab where he studied the thermal radiation emitted from downward spreading flames over thin solid fuels, gaining experience in both experimental and computational research. While working on his thesis, he also had the opportunity to write and present papers concerning his research at two sessions of the Western States Section of the Combustion Institute, one at Brigham Young University in Provo and one at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is currently working on a paper to be published in an academic journal.
In his time at San Diego State University, he was predominantly involved in the academic side of university life. He began with assisting Thomas Johnston’s computer aided design classes, and then moved on to help Dr. Bhattacharjee with his undergraduate thermodynamics courses until his time of graduation. During his time aiding Dr. Bhattacharjee, he served as an editor for his textbook, Thermodynamics: An Interactive Approach (Pearson 2016), and the accompanying solutions manual. This work coupled with assisting students on the integrated forum on Dr. Bhattacherjee’s website (www.thermofluids.net) strengthened his thermodynamics knowledge to a point where Dr. Bhattacharjee asked him to set up tutoring sessions and teach some sessions of the courses when he was out of town.
Grayson enjoys control systems engineering and has accepted an offer to work at Solar Turbines Incorporated, in the hopes to combine his passion for thermodynamics and controls. Some of Grayson’s hobbies include studying programming languages, tinkering with mechanical and electronic systems, scale modeling, and hiking.