Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Seminar


From Sustainable Energy to Engineering at Nano-Scales: Impact of Radiative Transfer


Prof. M. Pinar Menguc


Ozyegin University


Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 11:00:00 AM


MRDC Building, Room 4211


Dr. Zhuomin Zhang


Importance of radiative transfer for sustainable energy applications will be outlined first. Next, the impact of radiative transfer at far- and near-fields on global and engineering applications will be discussed. The theoretical and experimental concepts for understanding and evaluation of radiation transfer at nano-scales will be summarized. An overview of advances in near-field radiation transfer will be presented. The key areas for further research will be discussed for energy harvesting, for nano-scale manufacturing and sensing applications. Importance of these areas in engineering education and challenges we face in their implementation will be outlined.


Professor M. Pinar Mengüç has completed his BS and M.S. degrees at the Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey. He has received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, Indiana, USA in 1985. He joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky the same year, and was promoted to the ranks of associate and full professor in 1988 and 1993, respectively. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) and the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer (ICHMT). He is currently one of the three Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer. He has co-organized five international symposia on Radiation Transfer, which were held in 1995, 1997, 2001, 2004, and 2007, and in the Scientific and Organizing Committees of several others. Mengüç’s research expertise includes radiation transfer, nano-scale transport phenomena, applied optics, and sustainable energy and its applications to buildings and cities. He has authored/co-authored more than 100 refereed journal articles. He has more than additional 150 conference papers, several book chapters, has four assigned and two pending patents, and presented more than 100 invited and key-note lectures. He is one of the co-authors of the fifth edition of a well-known text book, “Thermal Radiation Heat Transfer” along with John R. Howell and Robert Siegel. He has a second book, co-authored with one of his former students, Basil Wong, titled “Thermal Transport for Applications in Micro/Nano-Machining.” He has guided more than 50 MS and Ph.D. students and post-doctoral fellows both in the US and in Turkey. He is the owner of a start-up company on particle characterization with another of his former Ph.D. student, Siva Manickavasagam. He served as the director of the Nano-Scale Engineering Certificate Program at the University of Kentucky. He is the Turkish Delegate to the European Framework programs (FP-7 and Horizon 2020) on energy related topics. Since December 2008, he is at Özyeğin University in İstanbul, as the Founding Head of the Mechanical Engineering and the Founding Director of Center for Energy, Environment, and Economy (CEEE).


Refreshments will be served.