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Real Name: Dr. John Howell, Ph.D. Professor

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Jack 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.