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Feb. 28, 2001

CHEMICAL/NUCLEAR ENGINEERING PROFESSOR SELECTED FOR UNM'S HIGHEST FACULTY HONOR

Mohamed S. El-GenkUniversity 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 said.

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 American Chemical

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 Division Award.

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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