Alice Chien

Yu-Chien (Alice) Chien

Director of Lasers, Flames & Aerosols, W.M. Keck Deep Ocean Power Science LAB
Project Scientist, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Partner, California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP)
Advisor, Society of Women Engineers - University of California, Irvine Collegiate Section (SWE-UCI)
1127 Engineering Gateway
Lab: 1119/1115 Engineering Gateway
(949) 824-8330
(949) 824-6518 Labs

Samueli School of Engineering
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697


Chien studies microgravity combustion and flame science, multiphase reacting flows, spray and aerosols and using optical diagnostics.  

She served as the lead in the realtime international space station (ISS) remote operations on Earth for E-FIELD Flames experiment for 6 months, with 250 testpoints conducted, in 2018 with the NASA GRC team.   

Her research focus includes microgravity combustion control, hydrate flames and gas storage, and atomization and spray diagnostics. The environment of these research activities stretches from standard atmosphere, to high pressure and zero-g.

Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2014
M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, 2007
B.E., Aerospace Engineering, Tamkang University, Taiwan, 2005

Microgravity, combustion, flames, emission, gas hydrate, spray and aerosols, optical diagnostics, greenhouse gas mitigation and storage, thermal science, engineering design