Faculty Profile


Daniel Keene

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Email: keened@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2165
Office: Otto Miller Hall 207

Education: BS, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 2005; MS, University of Minnesota, 2010; PhD, University of Minnesota, 2013. At SPU since 2013.

Although originally born and raised in southern California, Daniel Keene came to SPU after living for nearly a decade in the great state of Minnesota, where he studied experimental heat transfer under Dr. Goldstein and then solar-driven high temperature thermochemical processes in the Solar Energy Laboratory. He now self-identifies as a true Minnesotan, having mastered the art of constant preoccupation with the weather.

At SPU, Dr. Keene teaches a wide variety of courses throughout the mechanical engineering curriculum and especially enjoys helping students have fun as they learn challenging subjects. In addition to his technical research on solar fuels, his engineering education interests focus on helping students recognize the coherence of the thermal sciences and finding effective ways to utilize metacognition as a pathway to mastery.

Dr. Keene is also an avid cyclist who believes whether it be for commuting, recreation, or fitness — life is better on a bike.

Please see Dr. Keene’s CV. (PDF) for more information.

Selected Publications

  • Keene, D., and Goldstein, R. J., “Thermal Convection in Porous Media at High Rayleigh Numbers,” ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, Volume 137, n. 3, 2015.
  • Keene, D., Lipinski, W., and Davidson, J., “The Effects of Morphology on the Thermal Reduction of Nonstoichiometric Ceria,” Chemical Engineering Science, Volume 111, pp. 231–43, 2014.
  • Keene, D., Davidson, J., and Lipinski, W., “A Model of Transient Heat and Mass Transfer in a Heterogeneous Medium of Ceria Undergoing Nonstoichiometric Reduction,” ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, Volume 135, n. 5, 2013.

Why I Teach at SPU

Daniel Keene, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

“I love teaching at SPU because I get to help equip students with valuable skills and show them how they can glorify God and serve others through engineering!”