Dan DelVescovo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering Department
414 Engineering Center
(248) 370-4590
Fax: (248) 370-4416



  • 2016, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • 2012, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • 2010, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI


  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Combustion
  • Internal Combustion Engines


  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Advanced Combustion Strategies
  • Alternative Fuel Sources
  • Engine and Combustion Modeling
  • Chemical Kinetics

“Future engines will have to operate under various combustion modes, using a variety of
fuel sources. Understanding how to minimize emissions and maximize efficiency under
these uncertainties will help pave a way towards better fuel economy and decreased
pollution” – Dan DelVescovo, 2016

Selected Publications

1. DelVescovo, D., Splitter, D., Szybist, J., “Modeling Pre-Spark Heat Release and Low
Temperature Chemistry of Iso-Octane in a Boosted Spark-Ignition Engine”, 37 th Int.
Symp. Combustion, PROCI-D- 17-00464 (submitted)

2. Salih, S., DelVescovo, D., Koloziej, C., Rockstroh, T., Hoth, A., “Defining the
Boundary Conditions of the CFR Engine Under RON Conditions for Knock
Prediction and Robust Chemical Mechanism Validation”, 37 th Int. Symp.
Combustion, PROCI-D- 17-01125 (submitted)

3. Salih, S., DelVescovo, D., “Design and Validation of a GT Power Model of the CFR
Engine towards the Development of a Boosted Octane Number”, SAE World
Congress 2018, 18PFL-0538 (submitted)

4. Tao, M., Ge, H., DelVescovo, D., Zhao, P., “Manifestation of Octane Rating and Fuel
Sensitivity for Gasoline Surrogates Under Advanced Compression Ignition
Conditions”, Combustion and Flame, CNF-D- 17-00573R1 (submitted)

5. Tao, M., Ge, H. DelVescovo, D., Zhao, P., “A kinetic modeling study on octane
rating and fuel sensitivity in advanced compression ignition engines”, Combustion
and Flame, 185: 234-244, 2017.

6. DelVescovo, D. A., Kokjohn, S.L., Reitz, R. D., “The Effects of Charge Preparation,
Fuel Stratification, and Premixed Fuel Chemistry on Reactivity Controlled
Compression Ignition (RCCI) Combustion,” SAE Int. J. Engines, 2017.

7. DelVescovo, D. A., Kokjohn, S.L., Reitz, R. D., "The Development of an Ignition
Delay Correlation for PRF Fuel Blends from PRF0 (n-Heptane) to PRF100 (iso-
Octane),” SAE Int. J. Engines 9(1):520-535, 2016.

8. DelVescovo, D. A., Wang, H., Wissink, M. L., Reitz, R. D., “Isobutanol as both the
Low Reactivity and High Reactivity Fuels with the addition of Di-Tert Butyl
Peroxide (DTBP) in RCCI Combustion”, SAE Int. J. Fuels Lubr. 8(2):2015.

9. Splitter, D. A., Wissink, M. L., DelVescovo, D. A., Reitz, R. D., “Improving the
Understanding of Intake and Charge Effects for Increasing RCCI Engine Efficiency”,
SAE Int. J. Engines 7(2):913-927, 2014.