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Frank Incropera

Frank P. Incropera

H. Clifford and Evelyn A. Brosey Professor Emeritus

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Matthew H. McCloskey Dean Emeritus
College of Engineering

Email: fpi@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-3095

Office: 361 Fitzpatrick Hall

Education

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University (1966)

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University (1962)

B.S., Mechanical Engineering,Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1961)

Biography

Except for research leaves at NASA-Ames Laboratories (1969), U.C. Berkeley (1973-74) and the Technical University of Munich (1988), Dr. Incropera was with Purdue University from 1966 to 1998.  He was promoted to Professor in 1973 and was Head of the School of Mechanical Engineering from 1989 to 1998.  From 1998 to 2006, he served as the Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, and in 2007 he was a visiting professor in MIT’s Chemical Engineering Department. He is currently the H. Clifford and Evelyn A. Brosey Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and Matthew H. McCloskey Dean Emeritus at Notre Dame.

Dr. Incropera has received the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Ralph Coats Roe Award for excellence in teaching (1982), the ASEE George Westinghouse Award for achievements in education (1983), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Heat Transfer Memorial Award (1988), the Melville Medal for the best original paper published by ASME (1988), and the Worcester Reed Warner Medal of ASME (1995).  He received the Senior Scientist Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1988, and in 1996 was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. In 2001 he was named by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the 100 most frequently cited engineering researchers in the world. He is a Fellow of ASME and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Selected Publications

  • Vreeman, C.J., Krane, M.J.M. and F.P. Incropera, "The Effect of Free-Floating Dendrites and Convection on Macrosegregation in Direct Chill Cast Aluminum Alloys. Part 1: Model Development," Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, 43, 677-686, 2000.
  • Vreeman, C.J. and F.P. Incropera, "The Effect of Free-Floating Dendrites and Convection on Macrosegregation in Direct Chill Cast Aluminum Alloys. Part 2: Predictions for Al-Cu and Al-Mg Alloys," Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, 43, 687-704, 2000.
  • Pfefferkorn, F.E., Shin, Y.C., Tian, Y. and F.P. Incropera, "Laser-Assisted Machining of Magnesia-Partially-Stabilized Zirconia," ASME Transactions, J. Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 126, 42-51, 2004.
  • Pfefferkorn, F.E., Incropera, F.P. and Y.C. Shin, "Heat Transfer Model of Semi-Transparent Ceramics Undergoing Laser-Assisted Machining," Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, 48, 1999-2012, 2005.
  • Bergman, T.L., Lavine, A.S., Incropera, F.P. and D.P. DeWitt, Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer, 7th Edition, Wiley, New York, 2011.
  • Bergman, T.L., Lavine, A.S., Incropera, F.P. and D.P. DeWitt, Introduction to Heat Transfer, 6th Edition, Wiley, New York, 2011.
  • Incropera, F.P., DeWitt, D.P., Bergman, T.L. and A.S. Lavine, Principles of Heat and Mass Transfer, 7th International Edition, Wiley, New York, 2013.
  • Incropera, F.P., DeWitt, D.P., Bergman, T.L. and A.S. Lavine, Fundamentals of Heat Transfer, 6th International Edition, Wiley, 2013.
  • Incropera, F.P., Climate Change: A Wicked Problem - Complexity and Uncertainty at the Intersection of Science, Economics, Politics and Human Behavior, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2015.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Dr. Incropera's current work deals with assessments of energy technology options, related economic and environmental issues - including climate change - the influence of public policy and geopolitics, and pathways to a sustainable energy future.

News

Understanding the "Wicked Problem" of Climate Change

January 5, 2016

Frank Incropera acknowledges that it’s somewhat unusual for an engineer to delve deeply into the topic of climate change. Scientists, not engineers, have played the most prominent roles in the climate change debate to date. However, he believes solving the problem going forward will require a joint effort from the two specialties.

COP21: Significant Outcomes or Business as Usual?

December 8, 2015

It is human to be hopeful. Yet, in 20 years of meetings to avert the consequences of global warming and climate change, the United Nation's Conference of Parties (COP) has failed to meet the challe...

New Book Discusses “Wicked” Problem of Climate Change

November 20, 2015

In his recently published book “Climate Change: A Wicked Problem,” Frank P. Incropera tackles the numerous issues related to climate change from several points of view, providing a comprehensive, objective, and critical assessment of the many factors related to climate change.