Jeff Santner

Jeff Santner
College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Office Location: ET A-131
Phone: 323-343-4475 Email: [email protected]

Important Advising Links

The department advising wesbite has information on office hours, forms, roadmaps, etc: Advising Hours and Information

Official 2022-2023 ME program in the catalog

Mechanical Engineering Online Advisor Request - Fill out this form for simple requests (change of major catalog date, transfer credit, course substitution, etc.) and I'll process it in a few days

The most useful tool you have to plan your course schedule is the degree planner on GET. Normally, when I'm helping you pick classes, I'm just using this tool in the same way you can use it. So, I STRONGLY recommend you take control of your future and use the degree planner. Instructions are found here.

Office and Advising Hours (Spring 2023)

Regular office hours: Wednesdays 10:00 - 12:00

Advising office hours: Mondays 1-4 (zoom only). Wednesdays 1:00 - 4:00 and Thursdays 10:00 - 12:00

For all office hours, I'll be available in my office (except Mondays) and on zoom (

Teaching Interests

I typically teach Thermodynamics (ME 3260), Heat Transfer (ME 4060), Fluid Mechanics I (ME 3030), and Propulsion Systems (ME 4040). 

Fall 2018 - Special Topics - Combustion 

Research Interests

My research is in combustion, with a focus on combustion chemistry and flame initiation/propagation. Right now I'm working on: NOx formation, kinetic model reduction, design of optimal experiments, and extraction of reaction rates from literature experiments.

Education and previous positions

Title Dates Location Description
Associate Professor Fall 2022 - present Cal State LA  
Assistant Professor Fall 2017 - Spring 2022 Cal State LA  
Postdoctoral Appointee 2015 - 2017 Argonne National Laboratory

Working with S. Scott Goldsborough in ES division. Experimental and modeling research on ignition in rapid compression machines. Focus on bio-derived fuels and sources of experimental uncertainty including mild ignition

Graduate Student 2009 - 2015 Princeton University

Received my M.A. and Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. I worked with Yiguang Ju and Frederick Dryer. Research topics included flame speed measurement, flame chemistry, model reduction, and measurements in a flow reactor

Undergraduate Student 2005 - 2009 Swarthmore College

Received my B.S. in Engineering from Swarthmore college, with a minor in Physics.


For an accurate list of publications see my google scholar page.

For any open-source code I've worked on, including a GUI solver for thermodynamic states, see my GitHub page or my lab GitHub page.