Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies
Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies
BS, Clarkson University; Ph.D., New Mexico State University
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.
August 15, 2019
Podcast: Electronic Cigarette Research
Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 21: Are electronic cigarettes really a healthier alternative to tobacco products? Risa Robinson, head of RIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, talks with Edward Hensel, associate dean, about their unique research methods into how these devices are used and how they affect users’ health.
May 6, 2019
Graduate takes unique path to become a well-rounded engineer
Emma Sarles ’17 (industrial design) has taken the road less traveled to become an engineer. Without ever earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering, Sarles has spent the last two years working toward a customized professional studies master’s degree that specializes in medical device engineering and applied biomaterials.
March 6, 2019
User behavior is key in RIT’s e-cigarette research that is meant to inform FDA regulations
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.