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 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.