Two-Phase Lab Group Leader

Dr. G. P. "Bud" Peterson
Provost and Professor
Department of Mechanical,
Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY 12180

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Biographical Sketch

G. P. "Bud" Peterson is presently Provost at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1975, a B.S. degree in Mathematics in 1977, and an M.S. degree in Engineering in 1980, all from Kansas State University. Upon completing his Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M in 1985, Professor Peterson took a faculty position in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Texas A&M University where he has conducted research and taught courses in thermodynamics and heat transfer. In 1990 he was promoted to Professor of Mechanical Engineering and named Halliburton Professor and then in 1991 was named the College of Engineering's Tenneco Professor. In 1993, Professor Peterson was invited to serve as the Program Director for the Thermal Transport and Thermal Processing Division of the National Science Foundation where he received the 1994 NSF Award for Outstanding Management. From June of 1993 through July of 1996, he served as Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University and in 1996 was appointed to the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for the Texas A&M University System and Executive Associate Dean of the College of Engineering. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, Professor Peterson was Head of the General Engineering Technology Department at Kansas Technical Institute (now Kansas State University - Salina).

In the summers of 1981 and 1982, Professor Peterson worked as a visiting Research Scientist at NASA Johnson Space Center. While in this position, he developed an analytical technique, which is currently being used to determine the priming capability of high capacity heat pipes in reduced gravity environments. More recently, Professor Peterson has analyzed, fabricated and tested arrays of heat pipes approximately 35 microns in diameter and microscale heat spreaders, fabricated as an integral part of semiconductor devices. These concepts have been experimentally verified and present enormous commercial potential for use in the thermal control of high power semiconductor devices and for the elimination of cancerous tissue in-situ. This, in addition to his other work in boiling and phase-change heat transfer, has gained him international recognition and placed him at the forefront of researchers in the field. He currently holds nine patents for innovative heat pipe concepts and has one additional patent pending.

As a Fellow of both the ASME and AIAA, Professor Peterson is the author or co-author of more than 130 refereed journal articles and more than 150 conference publications. He has served on numerous committees and review panels for NSF, NASA, DOE, NAE and other federal agencies and industrial entities and has helped to shape the national research agenda in the field of heat transfer. He received the 1990 AIAA Best Paper award in Thermophysics for his work in modeling and testing of very small "micro" heat pipes and has twice received awards for outstanding presentations of technical papers. He has been an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology, Editor for the Heat Transfer Division Newsletter, Editor for the ASME publication Recent Contents in Heat Transfer, Editor for North America for the Journal of Experimental Thermal and Fluid Sciences, and is currently Associate Editor for the International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, the AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering. In addition, he serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the JSME International Journal (Thermal and Fluid Science) and is a past Chair of both the ASME Petroleum Division Executive Committee and the ASME Heat Transfer Division Executive Committee. He has served as session organizer or chair for more than 60 ASME and AIAA technical sessions, and is actively involved in numerous other ASME and AIAA professional society activities.

A registered professional engineer in the state of Texas, he is also a member of Pi Tau Sigma,Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Phi Kappa Phi. He was named a Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Research Fellow in 1986 and 1988, and in 1989 was named a Senior TEES Research Fellow. Other professional society awards include the Ralph James and the O. L. "Andy" Lewis awards from ASME; the Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award from ASEE; the Pi Tau Sigma Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award from ASME; the AIAA Thermophysics Award; the ASME Memorial Award; and the AIAA Sustained Service Award. Professor Peterson has been selected to receive the Pi Tau Sigma J. George H. Thompson award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Outstanding Teaching Award at both the college and university levels.

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