Kambiz Vafai

Kambiz Vafai Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Director, Masters of Science in Engineering (MSOL)

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1980

Research Areas

Energy Processing, Air Quality & Fire Engineering, Nano & Micro Scale Engineering, Multiphase Flow & Combustion, Bio-Applications

Contact Information

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Vafai received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis in 1975. He received his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1977 and his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering also from the University of California, Berkeley in 1980. He comes to the University of California, Riverside from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Awards

The International Society of Porous Media (InterPore) Highest Award (2011). “In Recognition of Extraordinary Contributions to Porous Media Science, The International Society of Porous Media has Elected Kambiz Vafai an Honorary Lifetime Member”

ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award (2006)

Inducted to ISI Highly Cited Category (2/04 –present)

Fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2002

Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers 8/92

Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 9/98

Fellow of World Innovation Foundation (WIF) 10/2003

Presidential Chair, University of California, Riverside (7/00-7/02)

Classic Paper Award ASME Heat Transfer Division 1999

Director/Chair of the Second International Conference on Porous Media and its Applications in Science, Engineering and Industry sponsored by NSF and ECI, Kauai, Hawaii (2007)

Honorary Editorial Advisory Board-International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (2/99-Present)

Honorary Editorial Advisory Board-International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer (2/99-Present)

Editor in Chief- Journal of Porous Media (1/97-Present)

Editorial Advisory Board-Numerical Heat Transfer Journal (11/02-Present)

Editorial Advisory Board-International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow (3/04-present)

Editorial Advisory Board-Experimental Heat Transfer (10/97-Present)

Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Heat Transfer (2/94-8/97)

Editorial Board for the International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow (8/94-11/97,2/06-present)

Editorial Advisory Board-Recent Patents on Mechanical Engineering (4/07-present)

Editorial Advisory Board-The Open Mechanical Engineering Journal (6/07-present)

Chair of the Committee on Heat Transfer in Energy Systems, National ASME (7/07-Present)

Holder of three US patents: US patent # 6,457,515; US patent # 6,675,875 ; US patent # 7,288,404

Citation in PHOTONICS SPECTRA 2000

Citation in Appliance Manufacturer 2000

Citation in MRS Bulletin 1999

Citation in Inside R&D (John Wiley & Sons) 1999

Citation in NEWS IN ENGINEERING 2000

Citation in NEWS IN ENGINEERING (The Ohio State University) 1999

Citation in The Ohio State University Annual Report, 1999

Citation in Research at Ohio State University 19 99

Citation in Research News (The Ohio State University) Fall 19 99

Citation in Research News (The Ohio State University) Summer19 99

Citation in NEWS IN ENGINEERING (The Ohio State University), 1996

Citation in NEWS IN ENGINEERING (The Ohio State University), 19 91

Citation in NEWS IN ENGINEERING (The Ohio State University) 1986

Director/Chair of the First International Conference in Porous Media and Its Applications in Science, Engineering and Industry, sponsored by NSF and ECI , Kona, Hawaii (1996)

College of Engineering Outstanding Research Award as Professor, Ohio State University, 1996.

College of Engineering Outstanding Research Award as an Associate Professor, Ohio State University, 1991.

College of Engineering Outstanding Research Award as an Assistant Professor, Ohio State University, 1986.

Owens/Corning Faculty Fellowship, 1985.

Chair of the General Papers Committee for the National Heat Transfer Division, ASME 1988-1990

Earle C. Anthony Academic Fellowship from the University of California at Berkeley

Mary Ann Wheeler Academic Scholarship from the University of California at Berkeley

Certificate of Appreciation and high regards of the co-workers by the ASME Board of Governors and the students as the Faculty Advisor, for 1985-1986 and also for 1986-1987.

Honor Society Membership: Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, since 1974