Caton appointed mechanical engineering interim head

Dr. Jerald Caton has been appointed interim head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Photo of Dr. Jerald CatonCaton, the Gulf Oil/Thomas A. Dietz Professor, joined the Texas A&M Engineering faculty as an assistant professor in 1979. From 1987 to 1988 and 1993 to 1994, during two sabbaticals, Caton worked for Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, Calif., in the combustion applications division of the Combustion Research Facility (CRF) as a visiting scientist. Prior to his work at Texas A&M, Caton worked as a research engineer in the power systems department of General Motors Research (GMR) Laboratories in Warren, Mich., from 1973 to 1976.

Caton's research interests include internal combustion engines; modeling engine and combustion processes; reducing pollutant emissions; studies of nitric oxide formation and removal; selective non-catalytic (SNCR) and catalytic (SCR) nitric oxide removal technologies, cogeneration; combined cycles; gas turbine power plants; alternative fuels; thermodynamics; heat transfer; fluid mechanics; and fundamental and applied combustion topics.

Caton has garnered several awards for his work as a researcher and educator, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)'s Richard Woodbury Award; and the E.D. Brockett Professorship, the Charles W. Crawford Service Award, the Halliburton Professorship, the Marathon Oil/USX Foundation Fellowship and the P.L. and C.L. Brittan Teaching Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, all through Texas A&M.

Caton is a Fellow of ASME and the Society of Automotive Engineers, and a member of Pi Tau Sigma, the American Chemical Society, the American Society of Engineering Education, and the Combustion Institute. He earned a bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.