Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering



Research Assistant Professor

Phone: (216) 368-0320
Office Location: Glennan 614

Great Lakes Energy Institute

nanoEngineering Lab


  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Caltech, Pasadena, California
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering at Caltech, Pasadena, California 
  • BSE in Mechanical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Research Areas

  • Characterization of novel thermal materials
  • Transcritical power cycles
  • Multiphase flows


  • S.R. Hostler, A.R. Abramson, M.D. Gawryla, S.A. Bandi, and D.A. Schiraldi: Thermal conductivity of a clay-based aerogel, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 52, Issue 3, pp. 665-669, 2009.
  • S.R. Hostler, Y.Q. Qu, M.T. Demko, A.R. Abramson, X. Qiu, and C. Burda: Thermoelectric properties of pressed bismuch nanoparticles, Superlattices and Microstructures, Vol. 43, Issue 3, pp. 195-207, 2005.
  •  S.R. Hostler and C.E. Brennen: Pressure wave propagation in a granular bed, Physical Review E, Vol. 72, Issue 3, Art. No. 031303, 2005.


  • A.S. Kacludis, S.R. Hostler, and S.B. Zakem: Heat engine system with a supercritical working fluid and processes thereof, US Patent 9118226B2, Issued Aug. 25, 2015.
  • T.J. Held, S.R. Hostler, J.D. Miller, and B.F. Hume: Thermal energy conversion method, US Patent 8794002, Issued Aug. 5, 2014.
  •  T.J. Held, S.R. Hostler, J.D. Miller: Heat engine and heat to electricity systems and methods with working fluid mass management control, US Patent 8613195, Issued Dec. 24, 2013.