MAE welcomes new Department Head

photo of new department headProfessor Jay Frankel has started as the new Department Head of MAE. He is also the Robert Myers Endowed Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Dr. Frankel began his career at the University of Tennessee (UT) in 1993 as an associate professor in the then Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. During his tenure at UT, he has taught many classes including engineering analysis, advanced engineering analysis, and advanced topics in thermal and fluid sciences.

His research in heat transfer, applied mathematics, and data reduction has led to him receiving ten NSF grants as PI. He has also received grants and contracts from NASA, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Sandia National Laboratories, the US Department of Energy (DOE), Defense Nuclear Agency, Defense Special Weapons Agency and others over the years. He has consulted with Arnold Engineering Development Complex on arc-jets data reduction; AFRL, NASA, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on the HTV-2 Falcon Remediation; and AFRL’S Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for the Airborne Laser program.

Dr. Frankel is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, recipient of two AIAA Tennessee Section awards, and is highly renowned in the aerospace community. He has more than 145 publications, published in 32 different peer-review journals, and served as a reviewer to more than 36 journals involving engineering, mathematics, and physics. He has also presented 73 invited domestic and international seminars and has one US patent.

Over the span of his professional career of 34 years, teaching students, working with the staff, and collaborating with faculty has led to creative endeavors and brought Dr. Frankel great personal satisfaction. At MAE, he plans to continue these activities for enhancing the department’s research and education profile, outreach, and collaborations with the government and the industry.

Welcome to MAE, Dr. Frankel!

 


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