Dr. Edward Hensel is a licensed Professional Engineer with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. He is currently the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies after having as the department head of Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He teaches senior design project and product development classes in mechanical engineering, as well as a variety of technical subject areas. Dr. Hensel has a recognized entrepreneurial track record in developing externally funded research programs, and has consulted to a variety of startup companies, multi-national corporations, US National Laboratories, and the Department of Defense. He has been awarded two U.S. Patents, authored one book, and authored more than eighty publications including journal articles, conference papers, technical reports and public interest articles.
Dr. Hensel has worked in a variety of technical areas over the course of his career. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University and his Ph.D. from New Mexico State University with his dissertation and subsequent research activities focused on inverse heat transfer, remote sensing technologies, and algorithms for high temperature applications. Application areas included temperature and heat flux diagnostics of high energy devices, aerospace vehicles, and thermal control of avionic test and evaluation systems. Dr. Hensel worked for several years applying the concepts of remote sensing and inverse theory to the characterization and remediation of hazardous and nuclear waste disposal sites, and detection of foreign objects below ground. Prior to coming to RIT, Dr. Hensel was actively involved in running a manufacturing facility that focused on product development by student teams, and using innovative technologies for modeling and compensation of manufacturing equipment.
Currently, Dr. Hensel helps to guide research and graduate studies throughout the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT. He serves as director of the "PhD in Engineering" program, launched in August 2014. The intent of the PhD program is to provide doctoral students with the disciplinary strength to accomplish technical research combined with industry relevant context needed to solve daunting problems facing humanity. Students may address both fundamental and applied research problems of global importance for the 21st Century, centered on four key industries: Transportation, Energy, Communications and Healthcare (T/E/C/H). Global challenges in T/E/C/H impact every individual on the planet and demand highly trained engineers with deep disciplinary skills and a thorough contextual understanding for their research efforts. Currently, eight existing academic programs (biomedical, chemical, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical and microelectronic engineering) and their faculty are aligned to support students from a variety of disciplines interested in cutting edge basic and applied research. Contact Dr. Hensel to learn more about the global challenges we are tackling and how you can contribute to the Ph.D. in Engineering at RIT.
Dr. Hensel’s current research interest is in set based concurrent engineering, and using the principles of lean systems to develop an open source, open architecture, internet based engineering design environment to allow teams of engineers and managers from a various disciplines and geographical locations to design, develop, and launch new products. This design environment consists of two primary aspects. The first is a document control and information flow management system, called EDGE. EDGE deals primarily with managing groups and information with a design group. EDGE is built around several open-source packages, and provides an access-controlled project repository for every project team along with a basic user interface. EDGE is in beta testing, and is used by hundreds of people annually. The second aspect is the underlying relational database system, called FACETS, which incorporates a variety of design tools common to many industries. The EDGE and FACETS tools have been developed by RIT students working with Dr. Hensel on MS theses and individual and team projects. Many of the EDGE and FACETS tools are used by KGCOE senior design teams, faculty researchers and academic departments in their projects.