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The Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

John R. Howell

Jack Howell is the Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Memorial Chair Emeritus at The University of Texas at Austin, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is retired from teaching, but continues an active research program. Previously he was a heat transfer researcher at the NASA Lewis (now Glenn) Research Center, and associate and full professor at the University of Houston. He joined The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering in 1978. He served as Department Chairman in Mechanical Engineering from 1986 to 1990 and as Associate Dean for Research from 1996 to 1999. He was Program Director, Thermal Transport and Thermal Processing Program with the National Science Foundation (1994-5). He received the ASME/AIChE Max Jakob Award (1997), the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award (1991) and the AIAA Thermophysics Award (1990) for his work in radiative transfer, and the ASEE Ralph Coats Roe Award in 1987 as Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Educator. He is a Life Fellow of ASME, a Fellow of AIAA, and was elected a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Science (1999) and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering (2005). He coauthored Thermal Radiation Heat Transfer, Taylor and Francis, now in 5th ed (2010) (with Robert Siegel and M. Pinar Menguc), Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, McGraw Hill, 2nd ed. 1992 (with Richard Buckius), Solar Thermal Energy Systems, with Gary Vliet and Richard Bannerot, McGraw-Hill, 1982, Thermodynamics: An Integrated Learning System (with Phil Schmidt, Dike Ezekoye and Derek Baker, Wiley, 2006) and has published over 200 articles, papers and reports. His research has centered on developing solution techniques for radiative transfer in participating media (particularly the Monte Carlo method), solutions of highly non-linear combined mode heat transfer problems, and, most recently, inverse design and control of thermal systems with combined-mode (non-linear) heat transfer.

Most Recent Publications

  1. Howell, John R. and Menguc, M. Pinar, "Radiative Transfer Configuration Factor Catalog: A Listing of Relations for Common Geometries," Journal Of Quantitative Spectroscopy And Radiative Transfer, Vol. 112, (2011), 5, pp. 1910-1912
  2. Heltzel,A, Shi, Li, and Howell, John R. , "Microsphere Coupler for a Nanowire Waveguide Plasmonic Probe for Molecular Imaging," Nanotechnology, Vol. 22, (2011), 4, pp. 045203-
  3. John R. Howell, "Book Review of Radiometric Temperature Measurements: I. Fundamentals and Radiometric Temperature Measurements: II. Applications. Edited by Z.M. Zhang, B.K. Tsai, and G. Machin, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2010," International Journal Of Thermophysics, (2010)
  4. Hakan Erturk and John R Howell, "Efficient Signal Transport Model for Remote Thermometry in Full-Scale Systems," IEEE J. Semiconductor Manufacturing, Vol. 23, (2010), 1, pp. 132-140
  5. Li-Hsin Han, Wei Wang, Yalin Lu, R. J. Knize, Kitt Reinhardt, John Howell and Shaochen Chen, "Analytical and Experimental Investigations of Electromagnetic Field Enhancement Among Nanospheres With Varying Spacing ," Journal Of Heat Transfer, Vol. 131, (2009), 3, pp. 03110-1 thru 03110-6
  6. Mossi, A.C., Vielmo, H.A., Franca, F.H.R., and Howell, J.R., "Inverse Design Involving Combined Radiation and Turbulent Convective Heat Transfer ," Int. J. Heat And Mass Transfer, Vol. 51, (June, 2008), 11-12, pp. 3217-3222
  7. Nathan P. Malcolm, Alex J. Heltzel, Konstantin Sokolov, Li Shi, John R. Howell, , "Simulation of a Plasmon Particle-Terminated Scanning Nanowire Waveguide for Molecular Imaging ," Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 93, (2008), pp. 193101 (3 pages)
  8. Heltzel, Alex J., Battula, Arvind, Howell, John R. and Chen, Shaochen, "Surface plasmon-based nanopatterning assisted by gold nanospheres (1. (Chosen as Featured Article by Physics World, Dec. 2007, and Most Accessed Nanotechnology Article of 2008 under "Nanopatterning and Nanofabrication”).," Nanotechnology, Vol. 19, (2008), 2
  9. Heltzel, Alex J., Battula, Arvind, Howell, John R. and Chen, Shaochen, "Surface plasmon-based nanopatterning assisted by gold nanospheres," Nanotechnology, Vol. 19, (2008), 2
  10. Hakan Erturk, Mirko Gamba, Ofodike A. Ezekoye, John R. Howell, "Validation of inverse boundary condition design in a thermometry test bed," Journal Of Quantitative Spectroscopy And Radiative Transfer, Vol. 109, (January, 2008), 2, pp. 317-326