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Feb. 28, 2001
CHEMICAL/NUCLEAR ENGINEERING PROFESSOR SELECTED FOR UNM'S HIGHEST FACULTY
of New Mexico Regents' Professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering and the
founding Director of the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies Mohamed
S. El-Genk has been selected as the University's 46th Annual Research Lecturer,
the highest honor UNM bestows upon members of its faculty.
The title of the public lecture he will deliver on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30
p.m. in the UNM Continuing Education Auditorium, 1634 University Blvd. NE, is:
"SPACE EXPLORATION: A Journey into the Future."
His selection was announced by Dr. John K. McIver, Interim Vice Provost for
Research. "Dr. Mohamed El-Genk is internationally recognized for significant
contributions to a number of areas, including boiling heat transfer, space nuclear
power and propulsion, heat pipes and thermosyphons, and nuclear reactor safety
and thermal-hydraulics, nuclear fuel, and interfacial phenomena, and advanced
energy conversions such thermoelectric, thermionic, and alkali-metals thermal-to-electric
conversion. As a creative and prolific researcher, his research has been outstanding
in terms of quantity, quality and impact on all of these fields," McIver
El-Genk, who holds three U.S. patents, has published more than 185 refereed
papers in journals and more than 230 papers in conference proceedings and edited
a book on space nuclear power and propulsion and more than fifty volumes containing
more than 4000 articles in the fields of heat transfer, boiling, interfacial
phenomena, space nuclear power and propulsion, space exploration and related
areas. In 1984, he established the UNM Institute for Space and Nuclear Power
Studies and has served as its director since its inception.
"He has been successful in integrating his research accomplishments into
his teaching, and maximized the benefits to his students," McIver said.
El-Genk has supervised 22 masters theses and 21 doctoral dissertations since
joining the UNM faculty in 1981.
El-Genk has been elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers,
Fellow of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), and Fellow of the American Institute
of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). "This unique distinction represents three
engineering disciplines and is an unusual achievement and testimony to the breadth
of his research," McIver said. El-Genk is also an Associate Fellow of the
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Additionally, he is a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, editor
of the International Journal of Energy Conversion and Management and active
in several other professional organizations, including the American Society
of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Education and the
Society. He was the 1987 recipient of the ANS Distinguished Faculty Member
Honor and is the 2000 recipient of the AIChE Heat Transfer and Energy Conversion
At UNM, El-Genk was named a Regents' Professor in 1996 and, in 1984-85, was named to receive the UNM Presidential Lectureship Award. In 1987-88, he was named the recipient of the Graduate Students' Outstanding Teacher Award in the Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering. In 1988, El-Genk was named to receive the School of Engineering Research Excellence Award and is the 1989 recipient of the School's Teaching Excellence Award. In 1996, he won the Student's Faculty Recognition Award. He is also the recipient of other certificates, awards and honors.
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