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Bejan Wins Kern Award

Adrian BejanFor his contributions to the field of thermodynamics and the development of the constructal theory of design in nature, Adrian Bejan received the 2008 Donald Q. Kern Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

In selecting Bejan, the AIChE cited his “seminal contributions to heat exchange design based on two original methods: entropy generation minimization, and constructal theory.”

Bejan, J.A. Jones Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, joined the Duke faculty in 1984. Since that time, he has written 23 books, with the latest one scheduled for publication this summer. He received his undergraduate and graduate training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“Duke provides a wonderful atmosphere for creativity, as well as gifted colleagues and students with whom to work,” Bejan said. “I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to have worked at such fine institutions.”

He received the award during the annual AIChE spring meeting in New Orleans April 8. For his invited lecture, Bejan described many instances where his constructal theory provides new insights into such diverse areas as the development of river basins and flight and how these theories apply to heat transfer.

The award is named after Donald Q. Kern, the pioneer in process heat transfer. In 2006, Bejan received the Luikov Medal, given every two years by the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer for his contributions to the field of thermal sciences.