Distinguished Professor Vijay Dhir presents MNE Hochreiter Lecture


Vijay Dhir, Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) recently spoke to mechanical and nuclear engineering faculty and students as part of the Lawrence E. Hochreiter Distinguished Lecture Series.

Dhir leads the Boiling Heat Transfer Lab at UCLA, which conducts work involving boiling, an efficient process of heat removal. His presentation covered his lab’s current experiments under a NASA research program to examine the effects of microgravity on boiling. His lecture, titled “Nucleate Pool Boiling Heat Transfer Under Reduced Gravity,” explained a mechanistic approach to the prediction of pool nucleate boiling.

Dhir served as dean of UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering & Applied Science from 2003 to 2016. He is author or co-author of over 350 papers published in archival journals and proceedings of conferences.

The Lawrence E. Hochreiter Distinguished Lecture Series in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering was created by Hochreiter’s family to commemorate his extraordinary career. Hochreiter was professor of nuclear engineering from 1997 to 2008. Prior to coming to Penn State Hochreiter spent 25 years at Westinghouse Energy Systems Business Unit's Nuclear and Advanced Technology Division.


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Arthur Motta and Vijay Dhir

Arthur Motta, nuclear program chair, presents a certificate to Vijay Dhir (right).



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We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

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