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Adrian Bejan

Adrian Bejan

J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Bejan's research covers engineering science and applied physics: thermodynamics, heat transfer, convection, design, and evolution in nature.

Professor Bejan was ranked in 2001 among the 100 most highly cited authors worldwide in engineering (all fields, all countries), the Institute for Scientific Information. Professor Bejan has received 18 honorary doctorates from universities in 11 countries.

Adrian Bejan is the author of 30 books and over 650 peer-referred articles. In October 2018, his h-index is 91 on Google Scholar and 63 on the Web of Science.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information

Education

  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1975
  • M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1972
  • B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1972

Research Interests

A wide range of topics in thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, convection, life and evolution as physics.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Benjamin Franklin Medal. The Franklin Institute. 2018
  • Corresponding Member. Mexican Academy of Sciences. 2017
  • Ralph Coats Roe Medal. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 2017
  • Doctor of Engineering honoris causa. University of Pretoria, South Africa. 2015
  • Visiting Chair Professor of Engineering Science under the Distinguished Chair Professor Scheme. Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 2015
  • Docteur Honoris Causa. Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Lyon, France. 2014
  • Member. Academy of Europe. 2013
  • Honorary Member. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 2011
  • Honorary Member. Romanian Academy. 2011
  • Doctor Honoris Causa. University of Rome I, La Sapienza, Rome, Italy. 2009
  • Professor Catedrático Convidado. University of Évora, Portugal. 2009
  • Donald Q. Kern. American Institute of Chemical Engineers. 2008
  • Fluid Science Research Award. Tohoku University, Japan. 2008
  • Extraordinary Professor. University of Pretoria, South Africa. 2007
  • James P. Hartnett Memorial Award. International Center of Heat and Mass Transfer. 2007
  • Doctor Honoris Causa. Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria. 2006
  • Luikov Medal. International Center of Heat and Mass Transfer. 2006
  • Doctor Honoris Causa. Technical University of Gabrovo, Bulgaria. 2004
  • Edward F. Obert Award. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 2004
  • Honorary Member. Academy of Technical Sciences of Romania. 2004
  • Doctor Honoris Causa. University of Évora, Portugal. 2003
  • Doctor of Science Honoris Causa. ETH - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland. 2003
  • Distinguished Lecturer. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 2002
  • Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 2001
  • Docteur Honoris Causa. Université Henri Poincaré, Nancy, France. 2001
  • Doctor Honoris Causa. Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil. 2001
  • Doctor Honoris Causa. Technical University of Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova. 2001
  • Highly Cited Researcher. Thomson Reuters. 2001
  • Honorary Member. Academy of Sciences of Moldova. 2001
  • Honorary Doctor of Science. Azerbaijan Technical University, Baku, Azerbaijan. 2000
  • Ralph Coats Roe Award. American Society of Engineering Education. 2000
  • Doctor Honoris Causa. Odessa State Academy of Refrigeration, Odessa, Ukraine. 1999
  • Doctor Honoris Causa. Technical University of Civil Engineering, Bucharest, Romania. 1999
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (honoris causa). University of Durban-Westville, South Africa. 1999
  • Fellow. International Academy of Refrigeration. 1999
  • Max Jakob Memorial Award. American Institute of Chemical Engineers & American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 1999
  • Robert Henry Thurston Lecture. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 1999
  • Doctor Honoris Causa. Gh. Asachi Technical University, Iasi, Romania. 1998
  • TEPCO Endowed Chair. Keio University, Yokohama, Japan. 1998
  • Doctor Honoris Causa. Ovidius University, Constanta, Romania. 1997
  • The Legacy of Adrian Bejan: Three Generations of Brazilian Scientists. Pontificial Catholic University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil. 1997
  • Honorary Citizen. City of Galati, Romania. 1996
  • Worcester Reed Warner Medal. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 1996
  • Doctor Honoris Causa. University of the Lower Danube, Galati, Romania. 1995
  • Heat Transfer Memorial Award. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 1994
  • Doctor Honoris Causa. Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania. 1992
  • James Harry Potter Gold Medal. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 1990
  • J.A. Jones Chair. Duke University. 1989
  • Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 1988
  • Fellow. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 1987
  • Croft Professorship. University of Colorado, Boulder. 1981
  • Miller Fellow. University of California, Berkeley. 1976
  • Honors Course. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 1970
  • De Florez Award for Ingenuity in Engineering Design. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 1969

Courses Taught

  • ME 438: Constructal Theory and Design
  • ME 531: Engineering Thermodynamics
  • ME 532: Convective Heat Transfer

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Bejan, A, The Physics of Life The Evolution of Everything (2016) [abs].