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Gregory Nellis named Kaiser Chair in Mechanical Engineering

Gregory Nellis

Decorative initial cap Associate Professor Gregory Nellis has been named the Elmer R. and Janet Ambach Kaiser Chair in Mechanical Engineering. The five-year professorship promotes and recognizes excellence in teaching and research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

A world-class expert in thermodynamics and heat transfer, Nellis has developed models to explain and optimize system performance for a wide range of energy systems. Nellis is also a talented experimentalist, and he and his students have successfully built various devices to validate his models.

In addition to his research, Nellis is a dedicated teacher. He diligently prepares lectures for undergraduate and graduate courses and personally grades all homework assignments. Students note his thoroughness and consistently give Nellis some of the best evaluation scores in the department. In 2009, Cambridge University Press published the textbook Heat Transfer, which Nellis co-authored with Ouweneel-Bascom Professor Sanford Klein. The textbook integrates modern computer tools with traditional heat transfer theory and allows students to tackle difficult and relevant problems.

“In summary, Professor Nellis is dedicated as much as humanly possible to providing outstanding teaching,” writes a colleague.





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