Authors for Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer


Amir Faghri

Amir Faghri


University of Connecticut

Dr. Faghri joined the University of Connecticut in 1994 and served as Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department from 1994-1998, and the Dean of the School of Engineering from 1998-2006. Dr. Faghri has authored four books, edited four volumes, more than 300 archival technical publications (including 180 journal papers), and holds eight U.S. patents. Dr. Faghri has served as a principal investigator conducting research in the area of thermal management and multiphase transport phenomena for applications ranging from advanced cooling systems to alternative energy systems including fuel cells, solar energy systems and thermal energy storage devices. Dr. Faghri has received numerous external research contracts and grants from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense, Department of Education and various industries. Dr. Faghri is presently serving on the editorial board of nine scientific journals. Dr. Faghri has received many honors and awards, including the 1998 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Thermophysics Award, the 1998 American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Heat Transfer Memorial Award and the 2005 ASME James Harry Potter Gold Medal. He has served as a consultant to several major research centers and corporations, including Los Alamos and Oak Ridge national laboratories, Exxon Mobil, and Intel Corporation He presently serves on the boards of directors of both publicly-traded and private companies.

Dr. Faghri received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.S. with highest honors from Oregon State University.


Yuwen Zhang

Yuwen Zhang


University of Missouri

Yuwen Zhang received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1998. He joined faculty at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the University of Missouri (MU) in 2003 as an Associate Professor and was promoted to Professor in 2009. Prior to joining MU, he worked as a Research Scientist in the University of Connecticut (1999-2000), a Senior Engineer at Thermoflow, Inc. (2000), and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in New Mexico State University (2001-2003).

Yuwen Zhang's research interests are in the areas of thermal/fluid sciences, advanced materials processing, phase change heat transfer and heat pipes, inverse heat transfer problems, ultrafast ultra-intense laser materials processing, heat transfer in energy systems, and micro- and nanoscale heat transfer. During his career at the University of Missouri and New Mexico State University, he has been the principal investigator or a co-principal investigator on 3 million US Dollars of funding from Office of Naval Research, Air Force Research Laboratory, Ball Aerospace Inc., National Science Foundation, U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation, and the University of Missouri Research Board. He also authored over 160 journal papers and over 120 conference papers. Professor Zhang is an elected Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and an Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). His research area is in molecular and multiscale modeling and simulation of thermal and fluids system, inverse problem and optimization under uncertainty and micro- and nanoscale heat transfer.


John Howell

John Howell


University of Texas, Austin

John Howell presently holds the Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Memorial Chair and Baker-Hughes Centennial Professorship at the University of Texas-Austin, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Previously he was a heat transfer researcher at the NASA Lewis (now Glenn) Research Center, and associate and full professor at the University of Houston. He joined the UT Austin College of Engineering in 1978. He served as Department Chairman in Mechanical Engineering from 1986 to 1990 and as Associate Dean for Research from 1996 to 1999. He was Program Director, Thermal Transport and Thermal Processing Program with the National Science Foundation (1994-5). He received the ASME/AIChE Max Jakob Award (1997), the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award (1991) and the AIAA Thermophysics Award (1990) for his work in radiative transfer, and the ASEE Ralph Coats Roe Award in 1987 as Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Educator. He is a Life Fellow of ASME, a Fellow of AIAA, and was elected a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Science (1999) and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering (2005). He coauthored Thermal Radiation Heat Transfer, Taylor and Francis, now in 4th ed (2002) (with Robert Siegel), Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, McGraw Hill, 2nd ed. 1992 (with Richard Buckius), Solar Thermal Energy Systems, with Gary Vliet and Richard Bannerot, McGraw-Hill, 1982, Thermodynamics: An Integrated Learning System (with Phil Schmidt, Dike Ezekoye and Derek Baker, Wiley, 2006) and has published over 200 articles, papers and reports. His research has centered on developing solution techniques for radiative transfer in participating media (particularly the Monte Carlo method), solutions of highly non-linear combined mode heat transfer problems, and, most recently, inverse design and control of thermal systems with combined-mode (non-linear) heat transfer.