Yogesh Jaluria Awarded ASME Honorary Membership

Honor Acknowledges a Lifetime of Professional Achievement

Dr. Yogesh Jaluria, Board of Governors Professor in the Rutgers School of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, will receive an Honorary Membership from ASME. The coveted award, which recognizes a lifetime of service to engineering, will be presented in Houston, Texas on November 12, 2012 at the ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition’s Honors Assembly.

Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME supports and promotes the practice of engineering around the world through a range of publications, conferences, and education and professional development programs.  Dr. Jaluria joins a roster of world-renowned leaders who have made distinctive contributions to the field.

While Dr. Jaluria is best known for his contributions to the field of thermal science and engineering, he is a fan of Hitchcock and Indiana Jones movies. He recently told us something about himself, his work, and his response to receiving this professional honor.

Q: How long have you been teaching at the School of Engineering?

A: I joined Rutgers in 1980 after working at IIT, Kanpur, and AT&T Bell Labs. I served as chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from 2005 until last year and was the interim dean of the School of Engineering during the 2008-2009 academic year

Q: The ASME Honorary Membership is, in part, an acknowledgement of your teaching career. What are you currently teaching?

A: I teach both graduate and undergraduate students. At present, I am teaching a graduate course called “Computational Heat Transfer.”

Q: The award also recognizes your pioneering contributions to fundamental and applied areas of heat transfer and fluid mechanics. What are you currently studying?

A: I’m working on several topics, including research on material processing, particularly chemical vapor deposition for making electronic devices; microchannel flow for cooling electronic systems, room fires, thermal and material discharges into the environment – i.e., environmental pollution; optimization of thermal systems; solar energy storage; and global climate change.

Q: Do your students help you with this research?

A: Typically, I have four to six graduate students who are working on their Master’s or Ph.D. degrees who help me with the projects’ numerical modeling and experiments.

Q: You’ve written books like Design and Optimization of Thermal Systems, which was published in 2007, that have impacted your field. How many books have you written?

A: My first book, Natural Convection: Heat and Mass Transfer was published in1980. All told, I have written eight books. Two are monographs. The others are graduate or undergraduate reference books

Q: You edited the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer from 2005 to 2010. What other publications have you edited?

A: I have also edited Springer’s Computation Mechanics as well as many conference volumes and special issues of journals and books.

Q: Do you hold any patents?

A: I have two patents. One is on condensation soldering and the other is on crystal growing for making silicon electronic chips.

Q: Do you have any special outside interests?

A: A particular interest of mine is music, especially Indian music, which I like to listen to in my spare time.

Q: How else do you like to spend What do you like to do in your spare time?

A: I like to travel in the USA and around the world. I enjoy photography and getting together with friends and family. I like to read books on history, philosophy, and culture.

Q: What was the last book you read?

A: I like Thomas Friedman, whose That Used to Be Us was the last book I read. I also recently read Bill Clinton’s latest book, Back to Work.

Q: Where were you when you learned you were receiving an Honorary Membership from ASME?

A: I was attending a conference in England.

Q: What was your response to the news?

A: I was obviously happy to get this prestigious recognition from my peers and an organization that is very important to mechanical engineers. It is certainly a great honor and I am glad to be on the list with some of the giants in the field. Very few people in my field have been recognized with this award, since ASME is a large organization that includes many different areas.

Q: Will you take anyone with you when you accept your ASME Honorary Membership?

A: Yes. My wife, Anu, will join me.