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Edward Hensel

Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies
Dean’s Office
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Professor

585-475-7684
Office Location
Office Mailing Address
Mechanical Engineering James E Gleason Building

Edward Hensel

Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies
Dean’s Office
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Professor

Education

BS, Clarkson University; Ph.D., New Mexico State University

Bio

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 'Ph.D. in Engineering' program, launched in August 2014. The intent of the Ph.D. 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.

585-475-7684

Currently Teaching

ENGR-877
0 Credits
Internship is designed to enhance the educational experience of PhD students through full-time employment. Students must submit a proposal for the internship, to be approved by an employing supervisor and the department prior to enrolling. Students are required to submit an evaluation report at the conclusion of the internship.
ENGR-890
1 - 6 Credits
Doctoral-level research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor. Students must successfully pass the PhD Candidacy examination prior to enrolling in this course
ENGR-899
3 Credits
This course is used by students who plan to study a topic on an independent study basis. The student and instructor must prepare a plan of study and method of evaluation for approval by the program director prior to course registration.
ENGR-892
1 - 6 Credits
Doctoral-level research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor. Students may count a maximum of 9 credits of ENGR-892 towards degree requirements. If the student enrolls cumulatively in more than 9 credits of ENGR-892, the additional credits above 9 will not be counted towards the degree.
ENGR-795
1 Credits
This seminar course presents topics of contemporary interest to graduate students enrolled in the program. Presentations include off campus speakers, and assistance with progressing on your research. Selected students and faculty may make presentations on current research under way in the department. All doctoral engineering students enrolled full time are required to attend each semester they are on campus. (Graduate standing in a technical discipline)
ENGR-701
3 Credits
This course emphasizes collaboration in modern research environment and consists of five modules. Students will introduced to the concepts of inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research conducted from both a scientific and an engineering perspective. Students will learn how to write a dissertation proposal, statement of work, timeline for their program of study and the elements of an effective literature review. Students will develop skills related to reviewing and annotating technical papers, conducting a literature search and proper citation. Students will demonstrate an understanding of (a) ethics as it relates to the responsible conduct of research, (b) ethical responsibility in the context of the engineering professions, (c) ethics as it relates to authorship and plagiarism, (d) basic criteria for ethical decision making and (e) identify professional standards and code of ethics relevant to their discipline. Students demonstrate an ability to identify and explain the potential benefits of their research discoveries to a range of stakeholders, including policy makers and the general public.
ENGR-702
3 Credits
This course provides graduate students with the professional skills needed by PhD graduates within their major research focus area to move the results of their research from the lab into practice. Students will demonstrate a strong contextual understanding for their research efforts. Students will learn professional skills related to Teamwork; Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization; Research Management; Policy and Societal Context; and Technical Writing.

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  • March 6, 2019

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    Risa Robinson has taken a different approach to assessing e-cigarette usage, and it’s turned up some attention-getting results. Robinson studies users in their own environments, puffing on their own e-cigarettes, rather than on test machines in lab settings. And what she’s found is that they are puffing as much, if not more, than traditional cigarette users, resulting in potentially higher exposure to harmful substances.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Eddingsaas, N.C., et al. "Qualitative Analysis of e-liquid Emissions as a Function of Flavor Additives Using Two Aerosol Capture Methods." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15. 2 (2018): 1-14. Print.
Robinson, R. J., et al. "Effect of e-liquid Flavor on Topography and Consumption Behavior in a 2-week Natural Environment Switching Study." Public Library of Science, PLoS ONE 13. 4 (2018): 1-17. Web.
O.Lee, Y., et al. "Latent Class Analysis of E-cigarette Use Sessions in Their Natural Environments." Nicotine & Tobacco Research. (2018): 1-8. Print.
Hensel, E. C., S. Jayasekera, and R. J. Robinson. "Accounting for Effects of System Dynamics to Improve Accuracy of Emissions Reported in E-cig Vaping Machines." Inhalation Toxicology. (2018): 1-11. Print.
Robinson, R. J., et al. "A Framework to Investigate the Impact of Topography and Product Characteristics on Electronic Cigarette Emissions." Public Library of Science, PLoS ONE 13. 11 (2018): 1-19. Web.
Y, Youn O Lee, et al. "Examining Daily Electronic Cigarette Puff Topography Among Established and Non-established Cigarette Smokers in their Natural Environment." Nicotine Tobacco Research 10. (2017): 1-10. Web.
Robinson, R. J., et al. "Week Long Topography Study of Young Adults Using Electronic Cigarettes in Their Natural Environment." PLOS ONE 11. 10 (2016): 31. Web.
Hensel, Edward C and Thomas W Brown III. "Statistical Phonon Transport Model for Multiscale Simulation of Thermal Transport in Silicon: Part II - Model Verification and Validation." International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 55. 25-26 (2012): 7453-7459. Print.
Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Lee, Y. O., et al. "Identifying E-cigarette Person and Session Types Using Real-World Puff Topography." Proceedings of the SRNT 2018 Annual Meeting. Ed. SRNT. Baltimore, MD: SRNT.
Hensel, E. C., et al. "Analyzing Behavior of e-cig Users in Their Natural Environment Using Continuous Real-Time Plots of Aerosol Consumption." Proceedings of the SRNT 2018 Annual Meeting. Ed. SRNT. Baltimore, MD: SRNT.
Robinson, R. J., et al. "Effect of e-liquid Product Characteristics on Topography Behavior of e-cig Users in a 2-week Natural Environment Switching Study." Proceedings of the SRNT 2018 Annual Meeting. Ed. SRNT. Baltimore, MD: SRNT.
Eddingsaas, N. C., et al. "Effect of Hookah Hose Dimensions and Material on TPM, Nicotine, and Aldehydes." Proceedings of the 2018 Tobacco Regulatory Science Meeting. Ed. NIH. Bethesda, MD: NIH.
Robinson, R. J., et al. "Family of Topography Monitors for Natural Environment Observation Studies of Tobacco Product Use." Proceedings of the 2018 Tobacco Regulatory Science Meeting. Ed. NIH. Bethesda, MD: NIH.
Hensel, E. C., et al. "Hookah and Dual-Use Behavior in the Natural Environment." Proceedings of the 2018 Tobacco Regulatory Science Meeting. Ed. NIH. Bethesda, MD: NIH.
Jayasekera, S., E. C. Hensel, and R. J. Robinson. "Feasibility Assessment of Simultaneous Puff and Chest Belt Monitoring to Better Understand Tobacco Product Inhalation Patterns." Proceedings of the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting. Ed. BMES. Atlanta, GA: BMES.
Published Conference Proceedings
Hensel, Edward C and Risa J. Robinson. "Interdisciplinary Research Methods: Enhancing Professional Skills of Engineering Ph.D. Students." Proceedings of the LACCEI International Multi-Conference 2017: “Global Partnerships for Development and Engineering Education". Ed. LACCEI. Boca Raton, FL: LACCEI, 2017. Web.
Strand, A.J., R. Kehn, and E.C. Hensel. "Mixing in Single Phase Systems." Proceedings of the 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting. Ed. AICHE. Minneapolis, MN: AICHE, 2017. Web.
Hensel, E. C. and R. J Robinson. "Case Study: A Career Development Program for New Engineering Faculty." Proceedings of the 14th LACCEI International Multi-Conference for Engineering, Education, and Technology: “Engineering Innovations for Global Sustainability”. Ed. Cecilia A. Paredes V., Ph.D. San José, Costa Rica: LACCEI, 2016. Web.
Lee, Y. O., et al. "Variation in Vaping: Examining Daily ENDS Puff Topography Among Established and Non-established Cigarette Smokers." Proceedings of the NIHTRCS Tobacco Regulatory Science Conference. Ed. NIH. Bethesda, MD: NIH, 2016. Web.
Hensel, E.C. and R.J. Robinson. "Direct Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes by Analysis of Performance Evaluation of Student Employees." Proceedings of the Twelfth LACCEI Latin American and Caribbean Conference for Engineering and Technology (LACCEI2014). Ed. LACCEI. Guayaquil, Ecuador: LACCEI, 2014. Web.
Schertzer, M., et al. "Effect Of Office Hour Participation On Student Performance." Proceedings of the ASME IMECE 2014 Annual Conference and Exposition. Montreal, CA: ASME, 2014. Web.
Robinson, R. J., et al. "Understanding The Causes For Low Student Office Hour Attendance." Proceedings of the ASME IMECE 2014 Annual Conference and Exposition. Montreal, Canada: ASME, 2014. Web.
Hensel, Edward C and Thomas W Brown III. "Three-phonon Interaction Assessment in Bulk Silicon." Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Applications, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 7-9 August 2012. Ed. Esam H. Abdul Hafidh. Montreal, Quebec: n.p., Print.
Invited Article/Publication
Robinson, R. J., et al. "E-Cigarette Vaping: Preclinical And Clinical Pulmonary Health Effects." American Thoracic Society, 2016 International Conference. (2016). Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Robinson, Dr. Risa, et al. "Mechanical Models for Determining Electronic Cigarette Exposure." Electronic Cigarettes and the Public Health: A Public Workshop. US FDA Center for Tobacco Products, Department of Health and Human Services. Washington, DC. 10 Dec. 2014. Lecture.