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Ronald Dougherty

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Learned Hall, room 3129B


Radiative Heat Transfer, Two-Phase Heat Transfer, Thermal Fluid Sciences, Laser Scattering, Dynamic Light Scattering

Dr. Dougherty joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at KU in 1999. He was previously on the faculty at Oklahoma State (1985 – 1999), and worked in industry at Pratt & Whitney (1978 – 1982) and Terra Tek (1982 – 1985). He served as Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department for 13 years, from 1999 to 2012. Dr. Dougherty’s areas of research include laser diagnostics, particulate characterization, two-phase fluid flow and heat transfer, power plant thermal modeling, improvement of pumping systems, boiling, and forensic blood spatter. He has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Grundfos Pump Company, Purolator Products, and other industries as well as state agencies. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and has produced over 70 conference papers and reports.

Dr. Dougherty is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Associate Fellow), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, and Sigma Xi. He was an Erkine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand in 2009. He has served for over a decade as an Associate Editor for the AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Oklahoma. He has served on a wide range of committees and has held positions as an officer in various professional and technical societies including ASME, AIAA, and Sigma Xi.

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