Engineering professor to receive Max Jakob Memorial Award

Author: William G. Gilroy and Nina Welding


Kwang-Tzu Yang, the Viola D. Hank Professor Emeritus of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the recipient of the Max Jakob Memorial Award.

Presented annually in recognition ofeminent achievement of distinguished service in the area of heat transfer,the award was established in 1961 to honor Max Jakob, a pioneer in the science of heat transmission. It is sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Jakob served as Yangs doctoral adviser.

Recipients of the Max Jakob Award receive a bronze plaque, honorarium and certificate. Each recipient also presents the Max Jakob Award Lecture as part of the annual ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference. Yang will present his lecture at the ASME-JSME Thermal Engineering and Summer Heat Transfer Conference inVancouver,British Columbia, in July.

A Notre Dame faculty member since 1955, Yangs research focuses on heat exchanger dynamics, hydronic systems, application of artificial intelligence, oscillating flows, modeling of large fires and fire whirls, tribiology, food and materials processing, and technology transfer. He holds a patent for flexible coupling and one for the wet oxidation of coal (for the generation of heat energy).

Yang is a fellow of the ASME and a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Society for Engineering Education, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of University Professors, and the Combustion Institute.

In addition to his most recent award, he has received numerous honors, including the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award and Distinguished Service Award. He also is listed inWhos Who inAmerica,Whos Who in EngineeringandAmerican Men and Women of Science.

Yang earned his bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering and his doctorate in heat transfer, all from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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