The Department of Mechanical Engineering has the honor to have invited Prof. Adrian BEJAN, J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Duke University and Prof. Sylvie LORENTE, Chair Professor (1ère classe), INSA Toulouse, to the Department as Visiting Chair Professor starting from June 2015.
Prof. Adrian BEJAN - Chair Professor of Engineering Science under the Distinguished Chair Professor Scheme
Prof. Adrian Bejan received all his degrees from M.I.T.: B.S. (1971, Honors Course), M.S. (1972, Honors Course) and Ph.D. (1975). His research is in thermodynamics, applied physics, and the constructal law of design and evolution in nature. Since 2001, he is ranked by ISI among the 100 most-cited authors in all of Engineering (all fields, all countries, living or deceased). He is the author of 28 books and 600 peer-refereed journal articles. His h-index is 55 on ISI, and 75 on Google Scholar. His total number of citations is 40,000. Professor Bejan was awarded 17 honorary doctorates from universities in 11 countries, for example the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), the University of Rome I “La Sapienza”, and INSA Lyon. He received numerous international awards for thermal sciences. He is an Honorary Member of ASME, and a member of the Academy of Europe.
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Prof. Sylvie LORENTE - Visiting Chair Professor of Engineering
Prof. Sylvie Lorente received all her degrees from the University of Toulouse, I.N.S.A.: B.S. (1992), M.S. (1992) and Ph.D. (1996). Her research interests encompass vascularized materials, constructal theory, urban design, porous media, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat and mass transfer. She is the author of 6 books, 7 book chapters and 160 peer-reviewed articles. Her h-index is 27 on ISI and 36 on Google Scholar. Professor Lorente is the recipient of the Bergles-Rohsenow Heat Transfer award, the Obert Thermodynamics award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the James Hartnett award from the International Center of Heat and Mass Transfer. She joined in 2014 the European Research Council.
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