Dr. G. P. "Bud" Peterson
G. P. "Bud" Peterson came to Rensselaer from Texas A&M University where he was the Tenneco Professor of Engineering, Associate Vice Chancellor for the Texas A&M University System and Executive Associate Dean of the College of Engineering. Professor Peterson 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. In 1985 he received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He has been a visiting Research Scientist at NASA - Johnson Space Center, where he developed an analytical technique to determine the priming capability of high capacity heat pipes in reduced gravity environments. He has also served as Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University for three years and in 1993 was invited to serve as the Program Director for the Thermal Transport and Thermal Processing Division of the National Science Foundation. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, he was Head of the General Engineering Technology Department at Kansas Technical Institute (now Kansas State University - Salina).
As a Fellow of both the ASME and AIAA, Professor Peterson is the author or co-author of more than 125 refereed journal articles and over 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 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 in the area of novel heat spreader concepts. A number of 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. He currently holds nine patents and has one additional patent pending.
Professor Peterson is currently the Editor for North America for the Journal of Experimental Thermal and Fluid Sciences, Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, the AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, the International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering. In addition, he serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the JSME International Journal (Thermal and Fluid Science). He is a member of the AIAA Board of Directors and V.P. for Education, and is a past Chair of both the Petroleum Division and the Heat Transfer Division Executive Committees of the ASME.
A registered professional engineer in the state of Texas, he is a member of Pi Tau Sigma,Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Phi Kappa Phi. 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; and the AIAA Thermophysics Award. He has received numerous teaching awards, including 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.