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Michael K. Jensen
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Michael K. Jensen

Department Affiliation:
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering

Education:
B.S., 1972, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia, Mechanical Engineering
M.S., 1976, Iowa State University, Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D., 1980, Iowa State University, Mechanical Engineering
Professional Engineer’s License, Wisconsin

Professional Appointments:

Full and Assoc. Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  (1/87-present); Assoc. Chair for Graduate Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (6/96-5/02); Visiting Prof., Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland (8/96-12/96); Visiting Scientist, Sandia National Lab (3/97-5-97); Asst. and Assoc. Prof., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1/80-12/87); Mech. Engr., Texaco, Inc. (6/72-5/74).

Professional Activities:

  • ASME Heat Transfer Division: Member and past Chair, Executive Committee; Member and past Chair, K-10 Committee; Member and past Chair K-9 Committee
  • Technical Program Co-Chair, 1999 National Heat Transfer Conference
  • Conference Co-Chair 2001 National Heat Transfer Conference
  • Conference Chair 2003 ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference
  • Technical Program Chair, 2004 ASME IMECE Heat Transfer Division
  • Co-organizer of A.E. Bergles Symposium, Atlanta, GA, November 1996

Industrial Experience :

  • Consultant to 18 industrial firms and government organizations

Research Interests:

  • Heat transfer
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Heat exchanger soiling and two-phase flows
  • Enhanced heat transfer
  • Solar energy
  • Fuel cells
  • Thermal management of electronic systems
  • Sustainability

Recent Research Projects :

  • Effects of tube geometry on boiling heat transfer in multi-tube bundles
  • Single-phase flows in internally-finned tubes
  • Boiling heat transfer in microfluidic systems

Reserach Summary

  • Thermal management of large-scale, distributed high-power electronic and electrical systems is a growing problem (e.g. server farms, all electric ships, aircraft).  Research is being conducted to study cooling of individual chips to high power levels (>1000 W/cm^2), as well as complex systems that are composed of up to hundreds of power sources; steady and transient operation of these integrated systems are being studied experimentally and numerically.
  • The science and technology of fuel cells (proton exchange membrane --PEM-- and solid oxide--SO) need major advances to ensure their acceptance and adoption on a widespread basis.  Fundamental transport processes in PEM and SO FCs are being studied experimentally and numerically (e.g., water distribution in PEMs using a neutron imaging facility at NIST, advanced SOFC design using numerical simulation). 
  • Concentrating solar collectors combined with photovoltaic power generation have a much higher solar to electricity conversion efficiency than flat plate collectors.  Such systems are being integrated into the urban environment on the facades of buildings using a patented technology that may revolutionize building integrated photovoltaic systems.

Honors and Awards:

  • ASME Fellow
  • Lewis T. Assini Undergraduate Teaching and Counseling Award (1990, 2002)
  • Ralph R. Teetor Award of the SAE (1991)
  • Book Review Editor (1990-1993) Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science
  • Editorial advisory board for Applied Thermal Engineering (1995-present)
  • Associate Editor Journal of Heat Transfer (1/01-12/04)
  • International editorial advisory board for Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology (2007-present)
  • Reviewer for NSF, NASA, DOE, NYSERDA and numerous international journals

Selected Publications:

Over 120 archival technical publications, edited 10 volumes of papers, 30 other assorted reports; one textbook; one patent.

  • "Simulation of Three-Dimensional Incompressible Turbulent Flow Inside Tubes with Helical Fins,” J.-H. Kim, K.E. Jansen, and M.K. Jensen, Numerical Heat Transfer Part B: Fundamentals, Vol. 46 (3) pp. 195-221 (2004). 
  • "Analysis of Heat Transfer Characteristics in Internally Finned Tubes,” J.-H. Kim, K.E. Jansen, and M.K. Jensen, Numerical Heat Transfer Part A: Applications, Vol. 46 (1) pp. 1-21 (2004). 
  • “Experimental Pure Fluid and Binary Mixture Performance in a Heat Pump Equipped with a Distillation Column,” J.G. Gebbie, M.K. Jensen, P.A. Domanski, and D.A. Didion, International Journal of Refrigeration, Vol. 27 (8) pp. 940-947 (2004).
  • “An analysis of interacting instability modes,” J. Yin, R.T. Lahey, M.Z. Podowski, and M.K. Jensen, Journal of Multiphase Science and Technology, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 305-333 (2006).
  • “Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell membrane hydration measurement by neutron imaging,” D.J. Ludlow, C.M. Calebrese, S. Yu, C. Dannehy, D.L. Jacobson, D.S. Hussey, M. Arif, M.K. Jensen, and G.A. Eisman, Journal of Power Sources, Vol. 162, pp. 271-278, 2006.
  • “Methods and preliminary results on enhanced boiling heat transfer in second generation microchannels,” M.K. Jensen, Y. Peles, V. Srikar, A. Kosar, and C.-J. Kuo, Journal of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Vol. 2, pp. 387-397 (2006).
  • "Resolution of PEM Fuel Cell Membrane Hydration by Neutron Imaging", D. Ludlow, C. Calebrese, S. Yu, C. Dannehy, D. Jacobson, M. Jensen and G. Eisman, 209th Meeting of The Electrochemical Society, Denver, Colorado 7-12 May 2006.
  • “Experimental Transient Performance in a Heat Pump Equipped with a Distillation Column,” J.G. Gebbie, M.K. Jensen, and P.A. Domanski, International Journal of Refrigeration (2007).  In press
  • The Critical Heat Flux Condition with Water in a Uniformly Heated Microtube,” A.P. Roday, T. Borca-Tasçiuc, and M.K. Jensen, Journal of Heat Transfer (2007). In press
  • “Analytical modeling of electrokinetic effects on flow and heat transfer in microchannels,” A. Jain and M.K. Jensen, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (2007) In press

Patents

  • “Concentrating Type Solar Collection and Daylighting System within Glazed Building Envelopes,” A.H. Dyson, M.K. Jensen, and D.N. Borton, U.S. Patent Number 7,190,531, March 13, 2007.

Books

  • Introduction to Thermal and Fluids Engineering, D.A. Kaminski and M.K. Jensen, John Wiley & Sons, 2004.
  • Solution Manual to Introduction to Thermal and Fluids Engineering, D.A. Kaminski and M.K. Jensen, John Wiley & Sons, 2004.

Professional Societal Activites

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers:  Milwaukee Section: Chair (1986/7), Vice-chair (1985/6), Treasurer (1984/5), Director (1985-87), Newsletter editor.  Heat Transfer Division: K-10 Committee Member (1986-present), Secretary (1987-1993), Chair (1993-1996); K-9 Committee Member (1998-2001) and Chair (1999); General Papers Committee (1990-93); Technical Program Co-Chair, 1999 National Heat Transfer Conference; National Heat Transfer Conference Coordinating Committee Member (1997-2001), Chair (1999); Conference Co-Chair 2001 National Heat Transfer Conference; Conference Chair 2003 ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference; Technical Program Chair, 2004 ASME IMECE; Member, Heat Transfer Division Executive Committee, Chair (6/05-6/06);chair and organizer for numerous technical sessions at nat'l and internat'l confs.
  • Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Engineering Education, Society of the Sigma Xi
  • Co-organizer of A.E. Bergles Symposium, Atlanta, GA, November 1996

Contact Information:
Michael K. Jensen
Jonsson Engineering Center – Room 2008
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, N.Y. 12180 USA
Phone: (518) 276-2843
jensem@rpi.edu

 

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