UNT to offer first-ever degree in combined engineering programs; World renowned professor will head new department

Professor Stathis Michaelides
Professor Stathis Michaelides chosen to head up the new Mechanical and Energy Engineering program
Wednesday, February 15, 2006

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas plans to become the first university in the nation to offer a degree in mechanical and energy engineering. To that end, they've tapped one of the outstanding leaders in the field to head up the new program in their College of Engineering.

Professor Stathis Michaelides comes to UNT from Tulane University where he's been the Leo S. Weil Professor of Mechanical Engineering as well as the director of the South-Central Center of the National Institute for Global Environmental Change since December 2002.

"We are fortunate to be able to attract a person of the caliber of Dr. Michaelides to lead

our plans for a new Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering," says Dean Oscar Garcia, Founding Dean of Engineering at UNT. "We have planning permission from the Coordinating Board for this program (BS and MS) and will be hiring also other high quality faculty for this promising and exciting program that complements our current innovative curricula."

Dr. Michaelides, who'll join UNT on April 1, is excited about the concept as well.

"There are twice as many engineers employed in energy than in all of the aerospace engineering programs," Michaelides says. "This is a unique concept. I am much impressed by UNT and its College of Engineering."

Professor Michaelides is a graduate of Oxford (B.A. Engineering Science and Economics, 1977) and Brown Universities (M.S. Engineering Science, 1979, Ph. D. Engineering Science, 1980).

His research interests are in the areas of multiphase flows, environmental flows, energy conversion and conservation. He's published more than one hundred journal articles, edited twelve research volumes and made more than one hundred and thirty scientific presentations in conferences. His book, "Particles, Bubbles and Drops – their motion and energy transfer," is due to be published in the Spring of 2006 by World Scientific Publishing.

He was Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in Tulane's School of Engineering for nine years and during his tenure the number of graduate students more than doubled and outside research increased threefold. From 1996 to 2003 he secured more than three million dollars in Graduate Fellowships support for the School of Engineering.

Dr. Michaelides also was head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Tulane (1990 to 1992) and on the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering of the University of Delaware (1980 to 1990).

He's also had temporary visiting appointments with:

  • Centre Nacionale de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France (Spring 1987, Summer 1989 and Summer 1995)
  • the Universidad Complutensis, Madrid, Spain (Fall 1989)
  • the Escuela Tecnica Superior de los Ingenieros Industriales Madrid, Spain (Fall 1989)
  • the Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France (Summer, 1997)
  • the Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Fall 1997)
  • the Ecole Superior de Physique et Chimie Industrieles, Paris, France (Summer 2002)

In 2002 he received the ASME Freeman Scholar Award, awarded biennially for achievements in the area of Fluids Engineering. He received an honorary M.A. degree from Oxford University (1983); the Casberg and Schillizzi Scholarships at St. Johns College, Oxford; the ASME/Phi Beta Tau excellence in teaching award (1991 and 2001); the Lee H. Johnson award for teaching excellence (1995); and a Senior Fulbright Fellowship (1997).

Professor Michaelides is currently serving as the chair of the executive committee of the ASME-Fluids Engineering Division. Prior to this he has chaired (1996-1998) the Multiphase Flow Technical Committee. He also served as the President of the ASEE Gulf-South Region (1992-93). In 1998 he was elected to the Governing Board for the International Conference on Multiphase Flows for a six year term (1998-2004) as one of four delegates from America and in 2001 he chaired the 4th International Conference on Multiphase Flows, which took place in New Orleans from May 27 to June 1, 2001. He served as vice-chair of the 5th International Conference on Multiphase Flows, which took place in Yokohama, Japan in May 2004.

Professor Michaelides says he and his family are looking forward to moving to Denton. He and his wife have three children, ages 8, 13 and 17.

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