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  • Upcoming Webinar: Carbon Management: Environmental Impacts, Opportunities and Challenges


    The impact of rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels on climate is now taken seriously, with a target of 50% CO2 emissions reduction set for 2030 and Carbon-Neutrality by 2050. (CO2 emissions were 51 trillion metric tons per year in 2020.) The International Energy Agency (IEA) 2020 report projects fossil energy as a significant part of the overall energy supply in this transition period to sustained renewable energy by 2050. Fuel supply must be available without adversely impacting the global economic structure.

    The purpose of this webinar is to provide a comprehensive overview of environmental, technical, and economic challenges for carbon management required to achieve the 2050 goal. The magnitude of CO2 emissions is so large, that all possible technologies must be considered to make a realistic impact in the foreseeable future, vis a vis

    a. energy efficiency in power generation, manufacturing, and food production
    b. alternate fuels
    c. renewable and nuclear energy 
    d. CO2 capture and sequestration (CCS) 
    e. CO2 capture and utilization (CCU)

    These challenges offer windows of opportunities for transformative technology development to bend the CO2 emissions curve between 2021 and 2030. The webinar will provide an overview of major technology advances being made globally and in the USA.

    Who Should Attend:

    • process and design engineers
    • managers
    • environmental engineers
    • decision makers in power and manufacturing industries


    About the Speakers

    Dr. Chandrakant B (CB) Panchal
    C. B. Panchal, E3Tec Service LLC:After working at Argonne National Laboratory for 25+ years, Dr. Panchal founded E3Tec to better serve the industry with the focus on carbon management by improved energy efficiency and utilization of carbon dioxide. Dr. Panchal holds PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Manchester, England, and BS in chemical engineering from the University of Bombay, India. E3Tec has developed Heat Integrated Reactive Distillation (HIRD) equipped with side reactors and PerVap membrane. Thermally active trays and structured packings are essential elements of the HIRD process. This represents process intensification of integrated chemical reaction and separation is key to the development of innovative chemical processes. He is a Fellow member of AIChE and was active member of the AIChE Heat Transfer and Energy Division with active interactions with ASME Heat Transfer Division.

    Mr. Richard D. Doctor
    Richard D. Doctor, E3Tec Service, LLC: Chemical Engineer (P.E.) Northwestern University; investigates process design and economics for the full energy-chain analysis of fossil, nuclear and renewable power cycles using ASPEN® including systems retrofitted for carbon capture and sequestration. Chapter chair for the IPCC Special Report on CO2 Capture and Sequestration (2006.) Coming from a background with ARCO Oil, during his 32-year career at Argonne National Laboratory he led the DOE energy and environmental monitoring of the Great Plains Coal-gasification plant (a $2.2 Billion facility in Beulah, ND) including heavy interaction with regulatory agencies.

    Members can register at:

  • Heat Transfer Division Newsletter, Summer 2019

    Heat Transfer Division Newsletter, Summer 2019

  • Heat Transfer Division Newsletter, Summer 2018

  • Heat Transfer Division Newsletter, Summer 2017

    Heat Transfer Division Newsletter, Summer 2017

  • Heat Transfer Division Newsletter - Summer 2016

    The Heat Transfer Division’s objective is to enhance the theory and application of heat transfer principles and mechanisms in equipment and thermodynamic processes across all fields of mechanical engineering 

  • Heat Transfer Division Newsletter - Summer 2015

  • Lecture of Professor Webb Marner outlining 75 years of ASME Heat transfer Division

    The lecture of Professor Webb Marner outlining 75 years of ASME Heat transfer Division history was given at the 11th Joint ASME/AIAA Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference in Atlanta, GA in June, 2014.  The original text can be found in ASME Journal of Heat Transfer vol. 135, No. 6. 

  • Interdisciplinary News – April 2015

    Innovation comes from interdisciplinary collaboration. Read ASME’s April 2015 update focused on interdisciplinary research, including highlights from the largest interdisciplinary mechanical engineering conference in the world – IMECE.

  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration: March 2015 Update

  • IMECE Abstract Deadline Extended to March 9

  • ASME 2015 IMECE Topic 10-22 Heat Transfer

  • ASME 2015 IMECE Topic 10-18 Heat Transfer

  • ASME 2015 IMECE Topic 10-14 Heat Transfer

  • ASME 2015 IMECE Topic 10-1 Heat Transfer

  • ASME 2015 IMECE Topic 10-38 Heat Transfer Link

  • Heat Transfer and Thermal Engineering Track: IMECE Abstracts Due March 2

    We are now accepting abstract submissions for ASME’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE), scheduled November 13 – 19, 2015, in Houston, Texas. Submit an abstract by Monday, March 2 to present your paper to more than 4,000 attendees representing more than 20 mechanical engineering disciplines.

    Read more about Track 10: Heat Transfer and Thermal Engineering, which includes more than 40 technical topics. The topics below included recently updated descriptions from the topic chairs, which are attached to this message.

    • 10-1: Two-Phase Heat Transfer in Energy Systems
    • 10-14: Nano- and Micro-Scale Heat Transfer in Manufacturing
    • 10-18: Heat Transfer Equipment for Energy Efficiency Improvement
    • 10-22: Heat Pipes and Vapor Chambers
    • 10-38: Computational Heat Transfer Methods and Applications

    Please visit the “Submit Abstract” section of the IMECE website to review the updated submission requirements. Also, please ensure that your submission represents either the first publication of material or the first publication of an original compilation of information from a number of sources as specifically noted by footnotes and/or bibliography. Your submission should not be similar to other work submitted to, or under consideration by, other organizations and/or journals.

    Visit to learn more.

  • HTD Operation Guidelines

    This version of the HTD Operation Guidelines is subject to further revision pending on the feedback from the constituents. 

  • HTD EC's Message to the members

  • Professor Kenneth R. Diller, ASME 2013 Max Jakob Award Winner

    Kenneth R. Diller is a Professor of Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering and the Robert M. and Prudie Leibrock Professor in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been on the faculty at UT for more than 40 years. He was the founding Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UT Austin, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and UT HSC Houston, and is also a former Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

    Dr. Diller is an internationally recognized authority in heat and temperature related processes in living tissues and how they may be applied in the design of therapeutic devices. His first studies in the 1960’s were related to the frozen banking of cells and tissues for transplantation. He has also pursued advanced analysis of burn injury occurrence and treatment and the application of thermal therapy for cancer. Currently he is focused on the use of temperature manipulation to enhance the healing of injured soft tissues, the development of a new generation of safer and more effective devices for lowering body core temperature in patients with major organ ischemia as caused by cardiac arrest, stroke, or traumatic brain injury, and creation a thermal microenvironment to improve the ability to sleep well.

    He has published more than 275 refereed papers and book chapters and written or edited seventeen books. His research has led to ten patents and the formation of two medical device companies. He has been faculty advisor to the UT student organization Christian Students on Campus for 40 years. Professor Diller is a graduate of Ohio State University (BME with honors, 1966; MSc, 1967) and MIT (ScD, 1972).

  • Heat Transfer Division Newsletter - Summer 2014

  • Professor Art Bergles Passed Away

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Arthur Bergles:  Past President of ASME, former Chair of the ASME Heat Transfer Division and long-time member of our engineering community. 

    Arthur E. Bergles, (78), of Centerville, Massachusetts, an accomplished Professor of Engineering, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014, of a malignant brain tumor. 

    He was born in New York City on August 9, 1935, son of Edward and Victoria Bergles, who immigrated to the United States from Austria. They worked in Manhattan for several years before moving upstate to Rhinebeck, NY to fulfill Edward’s dream of building a hydroelectric power plant. A self-taught engineer, Edward completed the plant in 1938, which ran almost continuously for 47 years with Art’s help, producing 25kW of power. 

    As a young boy, Art trekked from the homestead to a one-room schoolhouse, and subsequently moved to the Rhinebeck Central School System, where he was active in sports, earned his Eagle Scout, and excelled in academics, graduating valedictorian of his high school class. With all the technical activity at home, he developed a passion for engineering and enrolled in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953. He stayed there for 16 years, completing a combined Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in Engineering and then a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, with an intervening year spent as a Fulbright Scholar at the Technical University in Munich, Germany. While at MIT, he met his future wife, Priscilla (Penny) Maule, who was a student at Boston University. 

    Art taught for several years in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT as Assistant Professor, before moving to the Georgia Institute of Technology as Professor, and then to Iowa State University as Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Anson-Marston Distinguished Professor of Engineering. While at Iowa State, he was awarded a fellowship from the Alexander von Humbolt Foundation and spent a year with his family as a visiting professor at the University of Hannover in Germany. He later served as Dean of Engineering at Rensselaer, where he held the title of Clark-Crossan Professor of Engineering. Art remained active in retirement, serving as Clark-Crossan Professor Emeritus at Rensselaer, Senior Lecturer at MIT, and Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering at the University of Maryland. 

    Throughout his career, Art was very active in professional societies, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), which has an international membership of 130,000, the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning–Engineers (ASHRAE). He served as president of ASME from 1990-1991. 

    Recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in Thermal Sciences, Art published over 400 papers, 26 books and presented over 400 invited lectures. He received numerous professional awards for his work on heat transfer, held fellowships from seven technical societies, was awarded honorary professorships from three overseas universities and received honorary Doctorates from the University of Porto, Portugal, Rand Africaans University in South Africa, and the University of Rome-Sapienza, Italy. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 1992, and as an International Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering in 2000. 

    Art was passionate about education and committed to supporting the careers of young scientists, advising 82 thesis students. The Bergles Professorship was established through an endowment by Arthur and Penny Bergles with the intent of attracting or retaining an outstanding senior faculty member in the thermal sciences at Iowa State University. The Dr. Arthur E. Bergles Scholarship was established in 1996 with gifts from friends, faculty, colleagues and corporations upon the occasion of his retirement from Rensselaer. The Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer is presented annually through ASME. He also volunteered his time to serve on numerous fellowship and award selection committees. 

    In his spare time, he enjoyed rowing varsity crew at MIT, playing golf at many of the Cape Cod golf courses, and swimming and clamming with his wife, Penny, on summer Sundays. He was also a member of the MIT Club of Cape Cod and past president of the Osterville Rotary Club. 

    He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Penny, two sons, Eric Bergles of San Jose, California and Dwight Bergles of Baltimore, Maryland, and five grandchildren: Joshua and Joseph of Eric and Joyce Bergles, and Henry, Julia and Sophie of Dwight and Susan Bergles. 

    Friends and relatives are invited to call at the John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd., Rt 28, Marstons Mills on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 4-7pm. A private burial service will be held in Rhinebeck, NY. 

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Centerville Public Library, 585 Main St., Centerville, MA 02632. 

    For online guestbook and directions, please email


  • AIAA/ASME Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference - June 16-20, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia

    ASME Heat Transfer Division would like to inform you that the 11th AIAA/ASME Thermophysics and Heat Transfer Conference will be held with the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (AVIATION 2014), June 16-20, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.

     The major areas of interest include but not limited to the following topics:

    -    Aerothermodynamics and Thermal Protection Systems

    -    Cryogenics and Extreme Conditions

    -    Thermal Management, Thermal Control and Heat Pipes

    -     Mini-, Micro-, Nano- and Multi-Scale Heat Transfer

    -     Combustion, Fire and Propulsion Heat Transfer

    -     Energy-Water Nexus in Troposphere, Stratosphere and Outer Space

    -     Heat Transfer Enhancement and Energy Harvesting

    -     Transport Properties and Thermophysical Properties

    -     Multiphase, Droplets, Jets, Sprays, Heat Pipes and Thermosyphons

    -     Advanced Heat Exchanger Design Concepts and Materials

    -     Heat Transfer in Cooling, Heating and Power Generation

    -     Theoretical, Analytical and Computational Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection, Radiation, and Phase Change

    For further details, please, visit:

    Please, make note of the following compressed schedule of important deadlines:

    Abstract Submission Opens:  October 1, 2013  (tentative)

    Abstract Submission Close:  November 14, 2013

    Author Notification:  February 25, 2014

    Manuscript Open:  April 1, 2014

    Manuscript Deadline: May 27, 2014

    If you have any questions, please, feel free to contact ASME Heat Transfer Division Co-Chair – Yaroslav Chudnovsky:


  • Reminder - Call for Presentations for the 2013 IMECE Photogallery

  • Call for Presentations for the 2013 IMECE Photogallery

  • NSF/CBET- Combustion, Fire, and Plasma Systems Program Open Window for Unsolicited Proposals