Describe what you do in your current work situation. The next time you see an airplane, look at the scores of blades inside the engine. Did you know that the design of those blades determines how fast that the airplane can fly? As a Professor in the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department at Penn State, I am researching ways to cool those blades so that the fuel can burn hotter which allows the planes to fly with less fuel. In addition, I serve as the leader of the department in which I work closely with our faculty, staff, and students to ensure we have top quality research and teaching programs for our students.