William A. Sirignano, Ph.D.

William Sirignano

William A. Sirignano, Ph.D., Aerospace and Mechanical Engineer and Educator at The University of California, Irvine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering education.

Drawing upon more than 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Sirignano is a celebrated aerospace and mechanical engineer and educator who commenced his career with Princeton University, serving the institution for myriad years. Initially hired as a member of the research staff of the Guggenheim Laboratories in the department of aerospace and mechanical sciences in 1964, he went on to serve as an assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical sciences in the Guggenheim Laboratories from 1967 to 1969. Thereafter, he was elevated to the rank of associate professor in the Guggenheim Laboratories from 1969 to 1973, becoming a full professor from 1973 to 1979. During this time, he also held the role of department director of graduate studies in the mechanical sciences department in the Guggenheim Laboratories from 1974 to 1978.

Subsequent to his tenure at Princeton University, Dr. Sirignano transitioned to the role of George Tallman Ladd professor and head of the department of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University from 1979 to 1985. He then transferred to the University of California, Irvine, where he began his tenure as the dean of the School of Engineering from 1985 to 1994. Since 1994, he has been a full professor.

Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Sirignano was a lecturer and consultant of the advisory group of aeronautical research and development at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 1967 and 1975 and a United Aircraft Research Fellow from 1973 to 1974. The former chairman of the National and International Technology Congress and chairman of the Academy Advisory Council with the Industrial Research Institute from 1985 to 1988, he also served the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on the space science applications advisory committee from 1985 to 1990 and as chairman of combustion science with the Microgravity Disciplinary Working Group from 1987 to 1990. Likewise, he was previously the chairman of the committee on microgravity research on the Space Studies Board of the National Research Council from 1991 to 1994.

Dr. Sirignano continues to be a consultant in industry and government since 1966 and the Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in Engineering with the National Research Council since 2004. A contributor of myriad articles to professional journals, he was the special issues editor of Combustion Science and Technology from 1969 to 1970, the associate technology editor of the Journal of Heat Transfer from 1986 to 1992, and the special issues editor of Combustion Science and Technology from 2000 to 2006.

In possession of a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from Princeton University, Dr. Sirignano has maintained affiliation with numerous organizations in relation to his areas of expertise, having previously served as vice president and president of the Institute of Dynamics, Explosives and Reactive Systems between 1991 and 1999. He also remains associated with the National Academy of Engineering and as treasurer of the international organization and chairman of the Eastern section of the Combustion Institute.

As a testament to his professional success, Dr. Sirignano has received a plethora of accolades throughout his illustrious career. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics has honored him with several awards, including the Pendray Aerospace Literature Award, the Propellants and Combustion Award, the Energy Systems Award, the Sustained Service Award and the Wyld Propulsion Award between 1991 and 2009. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers named him a Freeman Scholar and the University of California, Irvine, presented him with the Distinguished Alumni Research Award in 1992.

In addition to these prestigious honors, Dr. Sirignano received the Oppenheim Award from the Institute of Dynamics, Explosives and Reactive Systems, the Recognition Award from the American Electronics Association, and the Excellence Award from the Orange County Engineering Council. The recipient of the Alfred C. Egerton Gold Medal from the Combustion Institute in 1996, he has been selected for inclusion in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World.

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University of California, Irvine, Faculty Profile

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