Editor (Thomas Avedisian)

Real Name: Thomas Avedisian, Ph.D. Professor

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Dr. Avedisian joined Cornell in 1980 after receiving his doctorate. Prior to that he was employed at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, N.J. in 1974 where he worked on thermal design of electronic systems. Dr. Avedisian has been a Visiting Scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (Gaithersburg, Md.) in 1988, 1995 and 2003 where he pursued research on spray combustion and microboiling for chemical detection, and he was a Visiting Professor at Brown University in 1994/95. In 2008/2009 Dr. Avedisian was named a Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, DC by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At DOE he assisted with program review and development for new energy technologies.

Dr. Avedisian has received several recognitions for his research. These include three Best Paper Awards from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in 1993, 1994 and 1997 for research on droplet and spray combustion, and the James Harry Potter Gold Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 1999 for outstanding contributions in research related to the thermodynamic sciences. In 2006, Dr. Avedisian was awarded the Heat Transfer Memorial Award by the ASME in recognition of his significant contributions in the field of heat transfer associated with multiphase processes. Dr. Avedisian is a Fellow of the AIAA and the ASME. He currently serves on the editorial board of the AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power. He previously served as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology, the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, and Atomization and Sprays. On the personal side, Dr. Avedisian has long enjoyed building model boats and planes. In 2001 he set a U.S. national record for the longest flight of an electric powered radio controlled unmanned air vehicle flying indoors.