Department Head of the NC State University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Srinath Ekkad, received the prestigious ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award this week at the Heat Transfer Luncheon for the 2022 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Columbus, Ohio.
Established in 1959 as a divisional award and elevated to a society award in 1974, the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of heat transfer through teaching, research, practice, design, service, leadership and invention.
There are three categories in which one can receive the award: the science of heat transfer, the art of heat transfer, and the general subject of heat transfer – the category in which Dr. Ekkad received the award. Each of the three categories is based on achievements through publications, patents and/or inventions, advancement of educational content and/or pedagogy, or exemplary community service with a focus on heat transfer. Only one person can win the award in each category annually.
To win the award in the general category, one must provide extensive service to the mission of the ASME Heat Transfer Division (HTD) and its community. This service is measured in exemplary volunteer leadership positions in HTD and ASME such as serving as an editor or associate editor of an ASME heat transfer journal. Dr. Ekkad currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the ASME Journal for Thermal Science and Engineering Applications.
Other metrics of one’s service to ASME include serving in a proactive role in technical sessions at national and international conferences; playing an impactful role in cross-division, cross-segment, and cross-sector activities of ASME and HTD; displaying leadership in student and early career mentoring, especially with heat transfer and ASME related activities; and publishing nationally and/or internationally recognized and impactful heat transfer textbooks, monographs or handbooks.
Dr. Ekkad was selected to receive the award not only for his service as an ASME journal editor, but also for the promotion of community education and engagement through the co-authoring of a textbook, conference organization, and for pioneering applications of experimental methods in gas turbine heat transfer.
Thank you Dr. Ekkad for representing MAE, the College of Engineering and NC State University at an international level, and congratulations the recognition of your exceptional service to the ASME community.