Sadik Kakaç Awarded ASME Honorary Membership

Sadik Kakaç Awarded ASME Honorary Membership NEW YORK, December 2, 2013 — Sadik Kakaç, Ph.D., a resident of Ankara, Turkey, and professor of mechanical engineering at TOBB University of Economics and Technology (TOBB ETÜ), was honored by ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) for seminal and pioneering achievements in transient two-phase flows, fuel cells and micro/nano heat transfer research and engineering; and for sustained contributions to education as an organizer of conferences and author of well-known textbooks on heat transfer and heat exchangers. He received Honorary Membership in ASME.

First awarded in 1880, the founding year of the Society, Honorary Membership recognizes a lifetime of service to engineering or related fields. The award was conferred on Dr. Kakaç during ASME's Honors Assembly on Nov. 18 held in conjunction with the 2013 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in San Diego, Nov. 15 through 21.

Kakaç is a distinguished scientist and renowned educator whose career spans more than five decades. He received his Dipl.-Ing. degree from the department of mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Istanbul in 1955 and joined the chair of heat technique as a research/teaching assistant (1955-58). Kakaç received a scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge where he earned master's degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering in 1959 and 1960, respectively, before returning to Turkey.

Kakaç began his academic life in the department of mechanical engineering at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara. During his tenure (1960-82) he played a key role in developing the mechanical engineering department into an internationally recognized institution for heat transfer research and applications. He is the founder of heat transfer education and research at METU; and he established and directed the Heat Technique Research Unit (1971-80), a research center sponsored by TÜBİTAK, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. In 1963 Kakaç went to the U.K. on a fellowship from UNESCO and earned his Ph.D. in 1965 from the Victoria University of Manchester.

While at METU, Kakaç was very active in scientific and public service. Among his governmental and research positions, he was elected as a board member of TÜBİTAK (1972-80); was appointed secretary general of the Turkish Atomic Energy Commission (1978-80); and represented Turkey in a number of scientific endeavors abroad as a member of the NATO Science Committee (1979-80), the OECD/NEA (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development/Nuclear Energy Agency) Steering Committee (1978-80) and the Cento Scientific Coordinating Board (1972-74).

Kakaç was a visiting professor (1980-82) in the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Miami (Coral Gables, Fla.), and in 1982 he was appointed as a full professor of mechanical engineering with tenure. He served as chairman of the department (1990-98). As a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Senior Distinguished U.S. Scientists Award (1990-91), Kakaç was a research professor in the prestigious chair of thermodynamic A at the Technical University of Munich. Several of his sabbatical leaves from the University of Miami were spent at METU.

In 2008 Kakaç became professor emeritus at the University of Miami and joined TOBB ETÜ. His publications include more than 200 research and technical papers. He is the author/co-author of a number of popular textbooks, and editor of 15 volumes on thermal-fluid sciences.

An ASME Fellow, Kakaç is a member of the Heat Transfer Division's (HTD) K-16 Committee on Heat Transfer in Electronics. He served as a member of the Max Jakob Award Committee (1999-2005) and was chair in 2005. He has been involved in various ASME conferences held in Istanbul. Kakaç founded the ASME Student Section at the TOBB ETÜ and is a member of the ASME European Section. He received the Society's Heat Transfer Memorial Award in 1997 and HTD's 75th Anniversary Award (2013).

His honors include the Science Award from the Association of Turkish-American Scientists (1994); Distinguished Service awards from METU (1998) and TÜBİTAK (2000); the James P. Harnett Memorial Award from ICHMT (2009); a Lifetime Achievement Award from TOBB ETÜ (2010); and a Leadership Award from iNEER, the International Network for Engineering Education and Research (2012).

He received a doctor honoris causa from the University of Ovidius, Romania (1998), the University of Reims, France (1999) and Odessa State Academy of Refrigeration, Ukraine (2007).


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