URI professor earns national award from engineering society

KINGSTON, R.I. — November 24, 2004 — Mohammad Faghri, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Rhode Island, was honored last week by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers with its Heat Transfer Memorial Award.

Given for outstanding contributions to the field of heat transfer through teaching, research, practice or design, the award was presented to Faghri at the 2004 International Mechanical Engineering Congress in Anaheim, Cal.

“The list of previous recipients includes individuals who not only did pioneering work in the field of heat and mass transfer, but it also includes deans and presidents of major universities,” said Faghri, a resident of East Greenwich. “So it is a great honor, and I am very grateful to receive this award.”

Faghri was recognized for his pioneering research in a wide range of heat and mass transfer topics, most notably in the areas of computational flow and heat transfer with applications in melting and solidification in low gravity, and developing new diagnostics for measuring temperature and pressure in micro-channels for cooling electronic components.

“The micro channel heat transfer technology was developed in response to the need for thermal control in the fabrication and operation of micro- and nano-scale devices such as high-speed, high-density micro-scale electronic sensors and machines,” Faghri said. “The application of this research is very attractive for the next generation of micro cooling technology. The outcome of my research will significantly advance the technology of micro/mini channels and will be of immense value to both industry and defense agencies pursuing high efficiency, compact micro heat exchangers.”

Faghri joined the URI faculty in 1983. He is the author and editor of five books and more than 150 research papers. He is a member of the editorial boards of the

International Journal of Heat Exchangers, the International Journal of Science and Technology, and the Journal of Heat Transfer, for which he was also one of its editors. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Minnesota.

“We are very proud of Professor Faghri’s well-deserved recognition by ASME,” said Bahram Nassersharif, dean of the URI College of Engineering. “He is an extremely productive faculty member in the College of Engineering and a first-class, internationally recognized scholar and researcher.”

Founded in 1880, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers is a 120,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the engineering and technology community.