Hunter Mack

John Hunter Mack, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Francis College of Engineering
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Dandeneau 228


Combustion, Biofuels, Internal Combustion Engines, Machine Learning, Energy Resilience, Propulsion

Research Interests

Hunter Mack’s research focuses on overcoming the scientific and technical barriers shaping the future of energy and transportation. Working closely with government and industry, his research group develops transformative approaches to energy conversion that increase efficiency and resilience while lowering the carbon intensity and emissions. Through an approach that spans computational modeling, machine learning techniques, and detailed experiments, they are able to systematically investigate the underlying thermal, fluid, and chemical processes that drive practical devices. Topics of interest include transportation, combustion, gas turbines, internal combustion engines, aerospace propulsion, laminar flames, data analysis, machine learning, turbulent flows, biofuels, energy resilience, hydrogen, low-carbon fuels, energy conversion devices, optical diagnostics, constant volume combustion chambers, chemical kinetics, energy storage, emissions, air quality, and renewable energy.


  • Ph.D.: Mechanical Engineering - University of California at Berkeley (2007)
  • M.S.: Mechanical Engineering - University of California at Berkeley (2005)
  • B.S.: Mechanical Engineering - Washington University in St. Louis (2002)
  • B.A.: Physics - Hendrix College (2001)


Prof. Mack joined the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2014. Before joining the faculty at UMass Lowell, he was a Lecturer and Project Scientist at the University of California at Berkeley, where he also received his doctoral and master’s degrees. After his completion of his Ph.D., he was a post-doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley and worked at a successful solar energy start-up before returning to academia. His undergraduate degrees include a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.A. in Physics from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.