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  • 3029-C SERC
  • Phone (205) 348-4794
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Dr. Paulius V. Puzinauskas

Associate Professor, Student Challenge Projects Coordinator


  • 3029-C SERC
  • phone (205) 348-4794
  • Email

Research Areas


  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland

Dr. Paul Puzinauskas’s research interests include internal-combustion-engine combustion, heat transfer and instrumentation research. Currently, Puzinauskas and his students are working in three areas. The first is to improve optical combustion diagnostic capabilities and apply them to internal-combustion-engine analysis. The current focus of these efforts is a project funded by the National Science Foundation to develop a fiber-optic probe to simplify Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Laser-Induced Incandescence (LII) in harsh environments. The second area is the optimization of internal-combustion engines used for hybrid-electric-vehicle applications, and the third is to improve the understanding of the combustion kinetics controlling emission formation in diesel-spray combustion.

Puzinauskas is also involved in a project for the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Fluid Mechanics with Analysis Using Computations and Experiments Program.

Affiliated Areas
Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Puzinauskas's Impact

Crimson Racing Team Speeds to Impressive FSAE Finish

The University of Alabama Crimson Racing team recently finished in fifth place overall out of 120 registered teams at the 2022 International Formula SAE® series competition (FSAE) at Michigan International...

UA EcoCAR Team Finishes Strong in National Vehicle Contest

A team of students from The University of Alabama racked up several awards in the nation’s premier automotive engineering competition.

A group photo in front of an SUV.

UA Chosen for Next Round of National Vehicle Competition

Building on its success in the previous two competitions, The University of Alabama was selected as one of 15 North American institutions to participate in the upcoming EcoCAR EV Challenge.

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