ASTFE is now accepting nominations to the grade of ASTFE Fellow. A nominator is required to submit the nomination package on behalf of the nominee. The package should be composed of a nomination letter along with the nominee's CV and three recommendation letters from individuals of recognized standing in the thermal or fluids engineering community. The nomination letter and all supporting documents including the reference letters should be combined into one pdf file and sent to fellow by one of the following dates: March 15 or September 15. All letters should be addressed to the ASTFE Fellow Review Council, American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers, 50 North Street, Danbury, CT 06810, USA.
Elected ASTFE Fellow March 2020
Affiliation: Regents Professor and John Brammer Endowed Professor School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Oklahoma State University
For broad fundamental and practical advances in two-phase flow heat transfer, mixed convection, thermal management of mini/micro-systems, thermal-hydraulic analysis of high heat flus exchangers, CVD diamond synthesis, forced convection in non-Newtonian fluids, stratified thermal storage, and natural convection in the supercritical region.
For contributions to the literature of the field as Editor in Chief of Heat Transfer Engineering (1997 – present) and Editor in Chief of the CRC Heat Transfer Series (2007-present). For service to the heat transfer community through membership on technical committees of the ASME Heat Transfer Division.
For contribution to heat transfer education via authorship of the text Heat and Mass Transfer – A Practical Approach, 6th Ed. (with Y. Cengel, McGraw-Hill, 2019) and other books in field of heat transfer.
Bio: Afshin J. Ghajar is Regents Professor and John Brammer Professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA and a Honorary Professor of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. all in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. His expertise is in experimental heat transfer/fluid mechanics and development of practical engineering correlations. Dr. Ghajar has made significant contributions to the field of thermal sciences through his experimental, empirical, and numerical works in heat transfer and stratification in sensible heat storage systems, heat transfer to non-Newtonian fluids, heat transfer in the transition region, and non-boiling heat transfer in two-phase flow. His current research is in two-phase flow heat transfer/ pressure drop studies in pipes with different orientations, heat transfer/pressure drop in mini/micro tubes, and mixed convective heat transfer/pressure drop in the transition region (plain and enhanced tubes). Dr. Ghajar has been a Summer Research Fellow at Wright Patterson AFB (Dayton, Ohio) and Dow Chemical Company (Freeport, Texas). He and his co-workers have published over 200 reviewed research papers and 10 book/handbook chapters. He has delivered numerous keynote and invited lectures at major technical conferences and institutions. He has received several outstanding teaching, research, advising, and service awards from College of Engineering at Oklahoma State University. His latest significant awards are the 75th Anniversary Medal of the ASME Heat Transfer Division "in recognition of his service to the heat transfer community and contributions to the field", awarded in 2013, the ASME ICNMM 2016 Outstanding Leadership Award, this award recognizes a person whose service within the ICNMM (International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels) is exemplary; the recipient of the award contributed significantly to the lasting success of the conference, and the 2017 Donald Q. Kern Award "in recognition of his extensive record of major contributions to the science and technology of heat transfer". Dr. Ghajar is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Heat Transfer Series Editor for CRC Press/Taylor & Francis (he has edited nine books to date), and Editor-in-Chief of Heat Transfer Engineering, an international journal published twenty times per year by Taylor and Francis. Heat Transfer Engineering is aimed at practicing engineers and specialists in heat transfer. Dr. Ghajar is also the co-author of the 5th Edition of Cengel and Ghajar, Heat and Mass Transfer – Fundamentals and Applications, McGraw-Hill, 2015.
Affiliation: William F. Ward Distinguished Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering The Johns Hopkins University
Extensive publication on rotating flows with applications to gas turbine technology and air-sea interactions.
Experimental fluid mechanics. Cavitation phenomena and multiphase flows: Interaction between bubbles and flow structure, mixing mechanisms and droplet formation in water-fuel stratified shear flows. Transport of microscopic particles and droplets in turbulent flows. Development of optical flow diagnostics techniques, including Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and Holographic Particle Image Velocimetry (HPIV). Applications to turbomachine flows and oceanography. Studies of flow-induced vibrations and noise.
Long-standing service the mechanical engineering profession through the ASME Fluids Engineering Division and various Society-level appointments.
Bio: Joseph Katz received his B.S. degree from Tel Aviv University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology, all in mechanical engineering. He is the William F. Ward Sr. Distinguished Professor of Engineering, and the director and co-founder of the Center for Environmental and Applied Fluid Mechanics at Johns Hopkins University. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, as well as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Physical Society. He has served as the Editor of the Journal of Fluids Engineering, and as the Chair of the board of journal Editors of ASME. He has co-authored more than 350 journal and conference papers. Dr. Katz research extends over a wide range of fields, with a common theme involving experimental fluid mechanics, and development of advanced optical diagnostics techniques for laboratory and field applications. His group has studied laboratory and oceanic boundary layers, flows in turbomachines, flow-structure interactions, swimming behavior of marine plankton in the laboratory and in the ocean, as well as cavitation, bubble, and droplet dynamics, the latter focusing on interfacial phenomena associated with oil spills.
Affiliation: Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Michigan
Contributions to the archival literature of heat transfer science and engineering, including convective transport in porous media, buoyancy driven flow and stability, and heat transfer physics. Author of an undergraduate text on heat and a graduate text on heat transfer physics.
Bio: Massoud Kaviany (Ph.D. UC-Berkeley 1979) is Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering and in Applied Physics Program, University of Michigan, since 1986. His interest is in heat transfer physics -- a multiscale research/education including energy carriers phonon, electron, fluid particle and photon, and multiphase systems such as porous media.
He has authored four books, including Principles of Heat Transfer in Porous Media, 2nd Edition, Springer, 1995 (over 3000 citations), Heat Transfer Physics, 2nd Edition 2014 and Essentials of Heat Transfer 2011, by Cambridge University Press. He was Chair of ASME Committee on Theory and Fundamental Research in Heat Transfer, is Associate Editor of Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, ASME Lifetime Fellow and APS Fellow, and recipient of University of Michigan Engineering 2003 Education Excellence Award, ASME 2002 Heat Transfer Memorial Award (Science), 2010 Harry Potter Gold Medal (Thermodynamics Science), and 2013 Heat Transfer Division 75th Anniversary Medal.
Affiliation: Charles Lee Powell Foundation Professor of Engineering Martin Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education Mechanical Engineering Department
Eaton uses experiments and computational simulations to study the flow and heat transfer in complex turbulent flows, especially those relevant to turbomachinery, particle-laden flows, and separated flows, and to develop new techniques for precise control of gas and surface temperature during manufacturing processes.
Bio: Dr. Eaton is the Charles Lee Powell Foundation Professor of Engineering and the Martin Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University where he has been on the faculty since 1980. He earned all his degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford. He conducts research in turbulence, convective heat transfer, advanced measurement techniques, multiphase flow, and flow through random media. Recent emphasis has been on high-fidelity, rapid turnaround experiments in complex flows, measurement and modeling of turbulent mixing, particle-laden turbulent flows, and extreme sensitivity of certain high Reynolds number flows to small perturbations. Much of Professor Eaton’s work is motivated and funded by problems in the gas turbine industry. He has supervised 54 completed Ph.D. dissertations including those of 17 professors. Professor Eaton was a co-founder and long time chairman of the biennial International Symposia on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena. He has won multiple Stanford awards for teaching excellence, the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, and the Senior Award from the International Society of Multiphase Flow. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Physical Society.
Affiliation: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering The George Washington University
For fundamental advances in fluid mechanics with particular emphasis on the fluid mechanics of speech. His early work on curved and three-dimensional turbulent boundary layer was of the highest standard. Additional topics have included jets in cross-flow for film-cooling applications, sprays, and bio-fluid dynamics with important studies of the formation of arterial stenosis, which has opened up a new and exciting line of investigation in the field. Plesniak’s blend of basic fluid dynamics and turbulence research, performed in parallel with studies applied to human physiology has proven to be an insightful approach to human phonation and speech. This work has made him an unrivalled expert in this field.
Bio: Dr. Michael W. Plesniak is Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Executive Director of Research Development for the School of Engineering and Applied Science at The George Washington University. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to joining GW, he was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, the Eugene Kleiner Professor for Innovation in Mechanical Engineering at Polytechnic University of New York, and the Director of the Fluid Dynamics and Hydraulics Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He received the 2006 NSF Director’s Award for Collaborative Integration for contributions to NSF’s cyberinfrastructure initiative.
Dr. Plesniak is a Fellow of the following: American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Physical Society (APS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Washington Academy of Sciences; and a member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. He has authored over three hundred fifty refereed archival publications, conference papers and presentations, including numerous invited seminars and keynote addresses.
Prof. Plesniak has made significant contributions to education and research in the discipline of fluid dynamics. His specific contributions are in the field of turbulent flow physics for applications ranging from gas turbine cooling to biological flows. Dr. Plesniak is the Director of GW’s Center for Biomimetics and Bioinspired Engineering. His research group is currently studying the physics of phonation and cardiovascular flows. An overarching motivation for studying hemodynamics and speech production is to facilitate surgical planning, i.e. to enable physicians to assess the outcomes of surgical procedures by using faithful computer simulations.
Affiliation: J. C. Bose National Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering Indian Institute of Science
Extraordinary contributions to heat transfer, energy systems, and advanced thermal technologies, including basic research in phase change heat transfer and solidification, innovative process development for defect free light metal castings, development of new cooling technologies for thermal management, solar thermal technologies, new adsorption-based technologies for solar cooling, and chemisorption based thermal storage for novel applications, as well as for building a major US-India collaborative research program in solar energy.
Bio: Prof. Dutta received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, his master's degree from IIT Madras and Ph.D. from Columbia University. After his PhD, he worked as a National Research Council (NRC) Fellow at the Naval Postgraduate School, California. He held faculty positions at Columbia University and at the Tennessee Tech. University, before joining the Indian Institute of Science as a faculty member in 1996.
Prof. Dutta’s research group focuses on development of advanced energy technologies related to solar energy, cooling of electronics, spacecraft thermal management, and on thermal technologies related to solidification and advanced casting processes for light weighting.
Prof. Dutta has published three web-based books for Mechanical Engineering undergraduates and post-graduates, co-authored several book chapters and published over 250 papers in international journals and peer-reviewed conferences. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences. He is currently a Vice President of the Indian Society of Heat and Mass Transfer. Prof. Dutta is serving as Associate Editors of IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technology, and ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging. At IISc, he has been a co-founder of the National Facility for Semisolid Forming, co-Director of the General-Motors-IISc Collaborative Research Lab, and Convener of the Solar Energy Programme under the Energy Initiative of IISc. He is also co-leading the recently formed Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States (SERIIUS), under the Indo-US Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC) programme. Currently, he is INAE Chair Professor at IISc.
Elected ASTFE Fellow March 2019
Affiliation: Distinguished Professor Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Clarkson University
Awards: ASTFE Member; ASME Fellow; Iranian Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow; Iranian Society of Civil Engineers Fellow; ASME Freeman Scholar
Broad contributions to the theory of multi-phase flows touching upon gas-solid flows in industrial, environmental and medical applications; granular flows, turbulent sprays, hot gas filtration.
Leadership in engineering education at the departmental and institutional levels.
Bio: Dr. Ahmadi is a Clarkson Distinguished Professor, and Robert R. Hill Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at Clarkson University. He has obtained his MS and Ph.D. from Purdue University. He is a Fellow of ASME, ISME and ISCE and has been just been elected a Fellow of ASTFE. Among his many awards, he was the recipient of the 2016 ASME Freeman Scholar Award. He has four patents and authored three books and over 680 publications in archival journals. He also has made more than 1200 presentations including 20 plenary and keynotes at national and international technical conferences, and has given more than 160 invited talks and short courses at other institutions. He has been serving as the editor, editorial board and/or editorial advisor board of 12 international journals. His research interests include multiphase flows, particle transport and deposition, turbulence, flow control, granular flows, air pollution, flow through porous and fractured media, random vibrations and structural mechanics. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, NASA, AFOSR, NYSTAR, GE, Corning, IBM, Xerox, Kodak and Dura Pharmaceutical. He has held many administrative at Clarkson University including, MAE Department Chair 1992-1995, Associate Dean of Engineering 2003-2005, Interim Vice Provost for Research 2004-2005, and Dean of Engineering 2005-2015. Earlier he served as Dean of Engineering at Shiraz University.
Affiliation: Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering University at Buffalo
Awards: ASTFE Member; ASTFE Vice President and Treasurer, Board of Directors; ASME Fellow
For fundamental contributions to the science and technology of building energy utilization and renewable/alternative energy, and turbulent multiphase and reacting flows. Exemplary contributions in research, education and service to the thermal and fluids engineering fields, and through distinguished leadership within ASTFE and ASME.
Bio: Dr. Francine Battaglia is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. She received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University (1997). Dr. Battaglia’s areas of expertise are in computational fluid dynamics and computational model development with applications in alternative energy production, building energy utilization, gasification processes, and bioinspired flight. She has published over 120 journal and conference papers and recently co-authored a textbook on natural ventilation. Dr. Battaglia is the Editor for the ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering, the Chair of the ASME Congress Steering Committee, and served as Chair of the ASME Fluids Engineering Division (FED). She is also a Fellow of ASME, a recipient of the ASME FED 90th anniversary medal for seminal contributions to the discipline of fluids engineering, and recipient of a 2017 ASME Dedication Service Award.
Affiliation: MSU Foundation Professor and Chair Department of Mechanical Engineering Michigan State University
Awards: ASTFE Member; Member at Large, Board of Directors ASTFE; ASME Fellow
For fundamental contributions through experimentations and visualization of boiling and HDH desalination, and thermo-chemical conversion processes. Exemplary service to the heat transfer community as Chair of the ASME Heat Transfer Division and program development for the DoE ARPA-E initiative.
Bio: Dr. James Klausner is an MSU Foundation Professor and Mechanical Engineering DepartmentChair at Michigan State University (2016-present). He serves on the board of directors for the American Society of Thermal Fluid Engineers (2018-present) and the International Titanium Association Foundation (2016-present), and he formerly served as Chair of the ASME Heat Trasnfer Division (2011-2012). For three and a half years he served as a Program Director at the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Prior to that he held the Newton C. Ebaugh Professorship in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida (1989-2015). He received his Ph.D. degree in 1989 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has made substantial fundamental contributions to understanding the dynamics of vapor bubble incipience, growth, and detachment in boiling heat transfer systems. He has made many applied research contributions in high temperature solar thermochemical storage, waste heat and solar driven desalination, and high heat flux phase-change heat transfer. Dr. Klausner has authored more than 150 refereed publications, and his theoretical work on bubble dynamics is included in the Handbook of Heat Transfer. He is the author of ten patents and four provisional patents. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, and he has served as is a recipient of the ASME Heat Transfer Division 75 th Anniversary Award.
Affiliation: Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aeronautical Engineering Illinois Institute of Technology
Awards: Member ASTFE; Member at Large, Board of Directors ASTFE; ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award; AiChE Kern Award; ASME Fellow
For prolific scholarship in fields of heat transfer in gas turbines, computational fluid dynamics, and general topics in heat transfer.
For exemplary leadership as Chair of the ASME Heat Transfer Division and continued service the heat transfer community via ongoing involvement with the HTD and ASTFE.
Bio: Sumanta Acharya (PhD, University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering) is the Department Chair of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering Department at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, IL (since 2016). He served as the Ring Companies Endowed Chair and Department Chair at the University of Memphis from 2014-2016. From 2010-2014, he served as the Program Director of the Thermal Transport Program in the Directorate of Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prior to this, the majority of his academic career was at Louisiana State University (LSU) where he was the L. R. Daniel Professor and the Fritz & Francis Blumer Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He was the founding Director (in 2003) of the Center for Turbine Innovation and Energy Research (TIER) at LSU which focuses on energy generation and propulsion research. His scholarly contributions include mentoring nearly 85 post-doctoral researchers and graduate students, and publishing nearly 200 refereed journal articles and book chapters and over 250 refereed conference/proceedings papers. Professor Acharya is a Fellow of the ASME, and was awarded the 2015 AIAA Thermophysics Award, the 2014 AIChE Donald Q. Kern Award, the 75th ASME Heat Transfer Division Medal (in 2013), and the 2011 ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award in the Science category.
Affiliation: Senior Professor and Head (Former) of Mechanical Engineering, Former Dean of Research and Development, and Dean of Faculty, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur
Awards: ASTFE Member
Outstanding research contributions to heat transfer and fluid mechanics, particularly to the transport in porous media, jets and bluff-body wakes, crystal growth, biomedical modeling and disease progression, dropwise condensation, liquid-vapor interfacial phenomena over textured surfaces (three-phase contact line), and computational and experimental methods; and leadership to multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research in solar hydrogen generation, unconventional hydrocarbons, CFD software development based on unstructured grids, and futuristic mechanics.
Bio: K. Muralidhar is Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (India) since 1995. He received a Ph.D. in Applied Sciences from University of Delaware, USA in 1985. He has guided over 20 doctoral students and has completed funded research in the areas of blooming jets and wake transition, extraction of methane from gas hydrates, growth of optical crystals and more recently, on dropwise condensation over textured surfaces. Over hundred and twenty full-length articles arising from this research have been published in well-known international journals. He has written review articles on flow visualization, interferometric tomography and schlieren imaging. Several patents have emerged from his research and these include enriching coarse MRI images of blood flow, imaging chaotic flow in enlarged arteries, and optical determination of thermal diffusivity of complex liquids. He has coordinated a national initiative on solar hydrogen generation, a multi-institutional project on CFD code development on unstructured grids, and an initiative on futuristic mechanics with IGCAR Kalpakkam. He has co-authored monographs on optical measurement techniques, transport in porous media, and mathematical modeling of dropwise condensation. His present work relates to moisture condensation over mesh-like surfaces and blood rheology.
Affiliation: Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 159 Light Engineering Bldg., Stony Brook University
Awards: ASTFE Member
Extensive contributions to laser-liquid interactions, laser-based optical measurement techniques, laser-based flow visualization, precision materials processing and micromachining using ultrafast lasers, thermoelectric devices using thermal spray, integrated sensors for harsh environments, thermocouple/thermistor sensors for temperature, resistance and capacitance strain gauges, humidity and crack detection sensors, self-powered sensors for nuclear reactors, high performance cooling in air-cooled power plants, improved performance of next-generation residential heating systems, and evaporative cooling for data centers.
Bio: Jon P. Longtin, Ph.D., P.E. — Professor Longtin joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at Stony Brook University in 1996. He came to Stony Brook after receiving his Ph.D. degree in 1995 from U.C. Berkeley, followed by a one-year postdoc at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan. His research interests include energy conservation, innovative energy transfer and storage, and energy monitoring and diagnostics, as well as laser materials processing, particularly with ultrafast lasers and the development of sensors for harsh environments. His research has been funded by NSF, DOE, ARPA-E, DOD, NASA, NYSERDA, and a variety of industrial sources. He is the author of over 170 technical publications and holds 11 issued and pending patents. He has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, two Excellence in Teaching Awards, and an R&D 100 award. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State, and is a member of the National Academy of Inventors. He serves as a technical advisor to a number of local companies and non-profit organizations.