Thomas H. Fletcher
Dr. Thomas H. Fletcher is a professor and associate chair in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Brigham Young University. He received a PhD in chemical engineering from BYU in 1983. He worked for seven years at the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, and joined the faculty at BYU in 1991.
Dr. Fletcher is the director of the Advanced Combustion Engineering Research Center (ACERC) at BYU. He is a world expert in pyrolysis of coal and low-grade fuels with research interests in coal gasification, oil shale chemistry, use of synfuels in gas turbines, and fundamentals of wildland fires. He has coauthored one book, three book chapters, 82 peer-reviewed publications, and over 160 presentations at technical conferences. He has served as advisor for 24 graduate students while at BYU. He received the Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008.
Dr. Fletcher is currently the bishop of his home ward in Orem. He and his wife, Beth Fletcher, have five children and one granddaughter. Two of the children have graduated from BYU (mechanical engineering and elementary education), and two are current students at BYU (manufacturing engineering technology and chemical engineering).