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Geoffrey J. Germane, a fuel combustion expert at Brigham Young University, has been named chairman of the BYU department of mechanical engineering.

The appointment is effective in August. He will take the place of Joseph C. Free, who is returning to full-time teaching and research after 10 years in the post.Germane is an associate professor of mechanical engineering. He joined the faculty in 1979 after earning bachelor's and master's degrees at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and his doctorate at BYU.