- a The Pearlstone Center for Aeronautical Studies, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
Eran Sher is professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ben-Gurion University. He joined BGU University in 1978 and established the internal combustion engines teaching and research lab. The laboratory was recognized as a center of excellence in 1995 for its research and development studies. Dr. Sher's research interests lie in the area of thermal sciences, and his activities centered on improving the operating characteristics of small and miniature two-stroke engines and technologies of pollution reduction in automotive engine. He received his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in 1975 and his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1978. He did his post-doctoral studies with Professors Heywood and Keck at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Sher has been awarded the John Orr Award (1989) for leading in mechanical engineering and the Bergman Award (1995) for outstanding scientific achievements. Professor Sher is co-author (with J.B. Heywood) of a fundamental-oriented based text entitled The Two-Stroke Cycle Engine, Its Development, Design and Characteristics, published jointly in 1999 by the SAE and Taylor & Francis. He is the editor of the Handbook of Air-Pollution from Internal Combustion Engines, published by Academic Press in 1998, and is the author of an introductory textbook for undergraduates (in Hebrew), entitled Introduction to Internal Combustion Engines. He has also published over 120 scientific articles and has presented more than 130 papers in international conferences.
Diana Levinzon is an M.Sc. student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Ben-Gurion University. Diana received her B.Sc. degree cum laude, in Mechanical Engineering from the same university in 2002. Her main interest is focused on miniature UAV propulsion systems.