Focus Areas: Thermal management, granular materials, CO2 power and refrigeration cycles
Steve Hostler is an assistant professor of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering at CWRU and an affiliated faculty member of the Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI). GLEI's vision is to empower our faculty, students, and partners to catalyze breakthroughs in energy sustainability that address the most pressing problems facing our world. Dr. Hostler has been with the Case School of Engineering since 2018. His research focuses on the development and characterization of novel thermal management materials. Prior to joining the faculty at CWRU, Dr. Hostler spent eight years developing CO2-based heat engines as a senior systems engineer at Echogen Power Systems. He led the technical team modeling, designing, building, and testing a kW-class heat engine targeted at industrial waste heat recovery (converting waste heat into electricity). His work at Echogen resulted in seven patents. Dr. Hostler received his M.S. and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech in Pasadena, CA and his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from CWRU.