Matthew Robinson is a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at West Virginia University. For this degree, he is applying his interests in modeling thermodynamic and dynamic systems to advance the state of free piston linear engine generators under the advisement of Dr. Nigel Clark.
Recently, this research effort, along with the linear alternator expertise of Dr. Parviz Famouri, has led to the successful proposal and award of an ARPA-E contract to construct a highly efficient, 1kWe linear engine generator as part of the Generators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) program. Matthew is also involved in investigations related to alternative combustion modes and control mechanisms within the free piston linear engine framework. After graduation in December, he hopes to continue engineering research and discovery through modeling and simulation of complex energy systems which will help shape the future of efficient energy technology.