RIT Professor Honored with National Mechanical Engineering Award

Satish Kandlikar is recognized for founding international engineering conference series

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Satish Kandlikar, the James Gleason Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology, was presented with a Dedicated Service Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers during the society’s recent annual meeting. He was recognized for his efforts to create the International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, an increasingly prominent scientific symposium in microfluidics now entering its sixth year. Kandlikar developed and hosted the first two conferences at RIT in 2003 and 2004 and served as co-chair of the 2005 event in Toronto, 2006 in Limerick, Ireland and 2007 in Puebla, Mexico.

“I am extremely honored to receive this award from my mechanical engineering peers,” notes Kandlikar. “The development of a global scientific symposium focusing on microchannels research has long been a goal, and I am extremely gratified that this conference has become such a recognized success.”

Kandlikar is an international expert in microfluidics, the study and manipulation of micro and nano volumes of fluid, and is currently using micro and nano channel technology to enhance the performance of fuel cells, through a partnership with General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy. He is also well known for integrating undergraduate and graduate work into his own research and his students have presented at multiple microchannels conferences.

“Satish is a tremendous teacher and researcher, and his work provides significant value to the RIT community, while also enhancing technology development and the mechanical engineering discipline as a whole,” adds Ed Hensel, head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at RIT.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected engineering societies. Founded in 1880, the society currently has over 120,000 members and includes one of the world’s largest technical publishing houses.

The Sixth International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels will be held June 23-25 at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Darmstadt, Germany. For more information about the event visit http://www.asmeconferences.org/ICNMM08/.