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Edward Hensel

Edward Hensel
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Director PhD in Engineering, Professor, PE

Phone: 585-475-7684
Office: ENG/2115

Dr. Edward Hensel is a licensed Professional Engineer with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. He is currently professor and 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.

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.

Dr. Hensel's focus at RIT is on the formation and guidance of multi-disciplinary teams to tackle a wide range of engineering problems. He is interested in fostering technology advances in a multi-disciplinary setting, so that students and faculty from a wide range of backgrounds can develop innovations and learn the state of the art in engineering.

His job is to guide the mechanical engineering department at RIT to achieve the following goals and objectives.

Our goal is to establish the mechanical engineering department at RIT as one of the top 25 ME programs first in the nation, and then in the world.

We should accomplish three tasks, in pursuit of our goal:

(1) Demonstrate a revolutionary advance in engineering education whereby we turn every entering student into graduates who achieve outstanding success.

(2) Provide solutions to three compelling problems of national and global significance.

(3) Other ME departments must emulate us. We must disseminate our model of education and research, and become the role model to which other institutions aspire.

Patents Electrical

        Control unit for paintball gun

  • United States Patent 7,603,997
  • Issued October 20, 2009

Inventors: Edward Hensel, et al

An electrical control unit preferably can control operation of a paintball gun having a solenoid valve with an input port that receives compressed gas from a compressed gas supply and an output port connected to a pneumatic mechanism. For instance, the electrical control unit can contain a network of electronic components configured to receive an input signal from a trigger-actuated switch and...more

        Variable size reduction apparatus and process

  • United States Patent 6,325,306
  • Issued December 4, 2001

Inventors: Edward Hensel, et al

A size reduction apparatus and process for reducing the size of a heterogeneous or homogeneous article or articles using variable and interchangeable interior parts for varying article output size and an air handling system for introducing air and/or fluid into the process of size-reduction. The components of a heterogeneous article are separated and used to aid in the size-reduction process.

Selected Publications

·       Statistical phonon transport model for multiscale simulation of thermal transport in silicon: Part I – Presentation of the model, Thomas W. Brown III, Edward Hensel, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Volume 55, Issues 25–26, December 2012, Pages 7444-7452

·       Statistical phonon transport model for multiscale simulation of thermal transport in silicon: Part II – Model verification and validation, Thomas W. Brown III, Edward Hensel, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Volume 55, Issues 25–26, December 2012, Pages 7453-7459

·       Three-phonon Interaction Assessment in Bulk Silicon, Thomas W. Brown III, Edward C. Hensel, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Applications, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 7-9 August 2012, Paper No. 326

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