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ForESTer fmyhr

ForEST User Name
Online Name fmyhr
ForESTer Since 1998-06-19
Info Updated 2006-05-31
Name and Birthday
Name Dr. Franklin Henry (Frank) Myhr, Ph.D.
Birthday 1968-01-03
Online Addresses
Email fmyhr@cpast.org
Web http://home.cpast.org/fmyhr/
Home Address
Address 1280 Harvard Rd
Berkley, MI 48072
Personal Statement

I'm CPAST's president and system administrator. Part of my job is to keep ForEST running smoothly. So if you're having trouble or if there's something you really hate about this site you can complain to me. Of course compliments are always welcome too!

Present work:

CPAST, President and computer system admin.

FHM Technologies LLC, owner.

Previous work:

Programmer, Precision Computer Works. Wrote Perl scripts to run parts of their online peer review and journal publishing system:  http://www.ejournalpress.com/

Adjunct professor of mechanical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (http://www.wustl.edu). I tought the class "Combustion and Environment" for mechanical engineering seniors and graduate students.

Postdoc in Prof. Richard Axelbaum's labs at Washington University in St. Louis:
I've worked on several research projects here, including combustion synthesis of nanoparticles, burning of dichloroethylene to produce HCl, counterflow diffusion flames with diluted fuel and oxygen-enriched air, and light scattering from soot in laminar diffusion flames.

Summer intern at the National Bureau of Standards (now called the National Institute of Standards and Technology) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. I worked two summers (1986 and 1987) in a lab where we made very thin films of materials on other materials using a technique called sputtering. The first summer I made some surface platinum/rhodium thermocouples for measuring temperatures in a car engine, some iridium oxide electrodes for use in pH meters, and some indium tin oxide films for coating optics (you could run a current through the coating which heated it and kept the optic frost- and mist-free). The second summer I spent trying, and failing, to make a superconducting thin film. I did make a larger chunk of superconducting yttrium-copper-barium-oxide, though. It seemed like everybody did, that summer...

Summer camp counselor, day camp for 9-13 year olds. We swam and ran and played capture the flag and made video movies and did some computer programming. A fun but exhausting job.

Computer programmer. For my dad's company. I wrote some convoluted and undocumented (and therefore buggy) code in AppleSoft BASIC, which required line numbers. An example of the dangers of nepotism! But I learned a lot about programming and I like to think that I've cleaned up my act somewhat over the years.


Ph.D. (1998) and M.S.E. (1994) in aerospace engineering, University of Michigan. For my thesis work I used laser light to measure temperatures and oxygen atom concentrations in flames. From those I calculated nitric oxide production rates. Nitric oxide (chemical formula NO) is a toxic pollutant present in exhaust from cars and factories. NO contributes to acid rain and smog and it's also involved in destroying ozone in the stratosphere. So one of the goals of engine and burner manufacturers is to minimize NO in exhaust. They may be able to use the same method I did to find areas of high NO production rate inside their engine or burner. Working to reduce NO production in these areas would have the greatest effect on lowering NO level in the exhaust.

M.S.E. in mechanical engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1994. For my masters thesis I again studied NO. This time I sucked gas out of an exhaust duct above series of turbulent diffusion flames that used different fuels and had a range of sizes and velocities. The major conclusion  was that radiation heat loss was important in setting temperatures in flame zones where NO was produced.

B.S.E. in mechanical engineering, University of Michigan, 1989. No thesis required this time! I was nowhere near a model undergrad but I managed to keep my curiousity alive and to do well enough to get into grad school. I also met my wife Karen. :-)

Walt Whitman High School, Thomas W. Pyle Junior High School, and Bethesda Elementary School, all public schools in Bethesda, Maryland.

energy conversion, science education, computer programming, bicycling, kayaking, foods with elevated cocoa bean and sucrose content

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