Dr. Alfonso Ortega is the James R. Birle (pronounced “Burr Lee”) Professor of Energy Technology and Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Programs at Villanova University. He is the Director of the Laboratory for Advanced Thermal and Fluid Systems which he founded in 2005. He is the Site Director for the NSF Center for Energy Smart Electronic Systems (ES2) founded in 2011 with Binghamton University, University of Texas-Arlington, and Georgia Tech.
He received his B.S. from The University of Texas-El Paso, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, all in Mechanical Engineering. He was on the faculty of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at The University of Arizona in Tucson for 18 years. Subsequently, he served as Program Director for the Thermal Transport and Thermal Processing Program in the Chemical and Transport Systems Division of The National Science Foundation, where he managed the NSF’s primary program funding heat transfer and thermal technology research in U.S. universities.
Dr. Ortega is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of thermal management in electronic systems. He has supervised over 40 M.S. and Ph.D. candidates to degree completion, 5 postdoctoral researchers, and more than 70 undergraduate research students. He is the author of over 300 journal and symposia papers, book chapters, and monographs.
He is currently an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer.
James R. Birle Professor of Energy Technology
Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Programs
Site Leader, NSF I/UCRC in Energy Smart Electronic Systems