Adrian Bejan

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J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Bejan's research covers a wide range of topics in thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, convection and porous media. More recently, he developed the constructal law of design in nature.

Professor Bejan is ranked since 2001 among the 100 most highly cited authors worldwide in engineering (all fields, all countries), the Institute for Scientific Information. Professor Bejan has received 16 honorary doctorates from universities in 11 countries.

Adrian Bejan is the author of 28 books and 580 peer-referred articles. His h-index on ISI is 50.

Appointments and Affiliations
  • J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
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:

Professor Bejan's research covers a wide range of topics in thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, convection and porous media. More recently, he developed the constructal law of design in nature.

Specialties:

Thermodynamics
Heat Transfer
Constructal Law of Design in Nature

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • Honorary Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2011
  • Honorary Member, Romanian Academy, 2011
  • Max Jakob Memorial Award, Jointly by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1999

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

Representative Publications: (More Publications)
    • Errera, MR; Lorente, S; Bejan, A, Assemblies of heat pumps served by a single underground heat exchanger, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol 75 (2014), pp. 327-336 [10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2014.03.039] [abs].
    • Bejan, A; Charles, JD; Lorente, S, The Evolution of Airplanes, Journal of Applied Physics, vol 116 (2014) [10.1063/1.4886855] [abs].
    • Bejan, A; Lorente, S; Kim, Y; Lee, J, Power from a hot gas stream with superheater and reheater in parallel, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol 73 (2014), pp. 29-32 [10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2014.01.049] [abs].
    • Lorente, S; Bejan, A; Niu, JL, Phase change heat storage in an enclosure with vertical pipe in the center, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol 72 (2014), pp. 329-335 [10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2014.01.021] [abs].
    • Bejan, A, “Entransy,” and Its Lack of Content in Physics, Journal of Heat Transfer: Transactions of the ASME, vol 136 no. 5 (2014), pp. 055501-055501 [10.1115/1.4026527] [abs].
Books
  • A. Bejan & J. P. Zane, Design in Nature, Doubleday, New York, 2012.
  • A. Bejan & S. Lorente, Design with Constructal Theory, Wiley, 2008
  • A. Bejan, Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics, 3rd ed., Wiley, 2006.
  • D. A. Nield & A. Bejan, Convection in Porous Media, 4th ed., Springer, 2013.
  • A. Bejan, Convection Heat Transfer, 4th ed., Wiley, 2013.

Constructal law website: http://www.constructal.org

website Employment
  • 1989 - present: J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC.
  • 1984 - 1989: Full Professor with Tenure, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University, Durham, NC.
  • 1981 - 1984: Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
  • 1978 - 1981: Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
  • 1976 - 1978: Fellow of the Miller Institute of Basic Research in Science, University of California-Berkeley.
  • 1975 - 1976: Lecturer and Research Associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Awards and Honors
  • Honorary Member, Romanian Academy, 2011
  • Donald Q. Kern Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), 2008, for "seminal contributions to heat exchange design based on two original methods: entropy generation minimization, and constructal theory."
  • Fluid Science Research Award of the Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University, Japan, 21 January 2008.
  • James P. Hartnett Memorial Award, 2007, International Center of Heat and Mass Transfer.
  • Luikov Medal, 2006, International Heat Transfer Conference, Sydney.
  • Edward F. Obert Award, 2004, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, for the paper "Thermodynamic Formulation of the Constructal Law" written with Prof. S. Lorente.
  • Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award, 2001, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, for "outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering by an engineer twenty years or more following graduation."
  • Ralph Coats Roe Award, 2000, American Society of Engineering Education.
  • Max Jakob Memorial Award, 1999, awarded jointly by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, "for highly imaginative and inspiring ideas in the thermal science and design of engineering and nature."
  • Worcester Reed Warner Medal, 1996, of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, "for originality, challenges to orthodoxy, and impact on engineering thermodynamics and heat transfer, which were made through the first three books: Entropy Generation Through Heat and Fluid Flow (1982), Convection Heat Transfer (1984), and Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics (1988)."
  • Heat Transfer Memorial Award, 1994, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, science" category, "for significant and often unconventional contributions to heat transfer, notably in natural convection, thermodynamic aspects of heat transfer, convection in porous media, thermal tribology, solar energy conversion, cryogenics, and transition to turbulence; and for bringing modern research results and methods into heat transfer education."
  • James Harry Potter Gold Medal, 1990, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, for "original and unorthodox ideas, journal articles, textbooks, graphics and lectures demonstrating that engineering thermodynamics is an active and often controversial field of research, and for encouraging others to invest their creativity in the future of the field."
  • Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award, 1988, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, for "demonstrated outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering within ten to twenty years following graduation."
  • Ralph R. Teetor Award, 1980, of the Society of Automotive Engineers.
  • Robert Henry Thurston Lecture, 1999, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, "Shape and Structure in Engineering and Nature: Constructal Theory."
  • ASME Distinguished Lecturer, 2002-2005.
  • Honorary Member, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, 2001.
  • Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, elected in October 1987.
  • Bejan number (Be), proposed as name for the dimensionless pressure difference group in forced convection (S. Bhattacharjee and W.L. Grosshandler, The formation of a wall jet near a high temperature wall under microgravity environment, ASME HTD-Vol. 96, 1988, pp. 711-716).
  • Bejan number (Be), proposed as name for the dimensionless ratio of fluid friction irreversibility divided by heat transfer irreversibility, in convection (S. Paoletti, F. Rispoli and E. Sciubba, Calculation of exergetic losses in compact heat exchanger passages, ASME AES-Vol. 10-2, 1989, pp. 21-29).
  • MIT, Member of Honors Course, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 1970 - 1972.
  • MIT, De Florez Award for ingenuity in engineering design, 1969.