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Heat transfer and thermal sciences have been a traditional strength of the Department of Mechanical Engineering dating back to the arrival of Professor Ernst G. Eckert in Minnesota in 1951. With 4 members of the National Academy of Engineering (Prof. Eckert, Goldstein, Pfender and Sparrow), this area continues to play a major role in the Department. While initially having being focused on heat transfer in thermal mechanical systems, the heat transfer efforts in the Department may now be among the broadest at any University in the US and possibly the world, ranging from heat transfer in mechanical and combustion systems, to heat transfer in biological systems, to heat transfer at ultra-high temperatures, when matter transitions into the plasma phase, sometimes called the 4th phase of matter. Studies in these nontraditional areas are conducted in major centers, including the Center for Biotransport, and the High Temperature and Plasma Laboratory.
Heat Transfer in Mechanical Systems Laboratories:
Combustion and Fluid Flow Laboratories:
Solar Thermal Laboratories: