Two engineering professors have been appointed to the editorial boards of prestigious technical journals, demonstrating that the expertise of the College of Engineering’s faculty is internationally recognized and respected.
- Beginning in January 2009, Dr. Alfonso Ortega, the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research and the James R. Birle Professor of Energy Technology, will serve as an associate editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer. Considered to be one of the leading journals in the field, the monthly publication features research on thermal energy transfer in equipment, thermal systems, and applied thermodynamic processes in all fields of mechanical engineering and related industries. During his three-year term, Dr. Ortega, whose own research has been published in the journal, will assist in the review process for submitted papers.
Dr. Ortega teaches the science and design of thermal systems and is an authority on the cooling of electronic systems. He is the director of the Laboratory for Advanced Thermal and Fluid Systems.
- Dr. C. Nataraj, Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been invited to serve a three-year term as the Associate Editor, America Region, of Advances in Vibration Engineering, an international journal that is published quarterly and presents the latest research in the area of vibration. Dr. Nataraj will manage paper submissions from authors in North America. He also hopes to further enhance the standards of the journal and to promote awareness of the journal within the technical community. “I am gratified to have been invited,” Dr. Nataraj said. “The appointment recognizes my contribution to the field over the last 28 years.”
Dr. Nataraj was the founding director of the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics and Control from 2003 to 2008. He has expertise in the areas of rotor dynamics, nonlinear analysis and control, vibration analysis, and prognostics. His primary area of specialty is the application of nonlinear dynamics and control to mechanical and electromechanical systems.