Adrian Bejan Presented with ASME Honorary Membership

NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2011 – Adrian Bejan, Ph.D., a resident of Durham, N.C., and J.A. Jones distinguished professor of mechanical engineering at Duke University, was honored by ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) for an extraordinary record of creative work, including the unification of thermodynamics and heat transfer; the conceptual development of design as a science that unites all fields; legendary contributions to engineering education; and, since 1996, the discovery and continued development of the constructal law.  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. Bejan during ASME’s 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, held in Denver, Nov. 11 through 17.

Bejan joined Duke University as a full professor of mechanical engineering with tenure in 1984 and was appointed J.A. Jones distinguished professor of mechanical engineering in 1989.  He is visiting chair professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University; King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia); the University of Évora, Portugal; and the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Prior to joining the Duke faculty, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Miller Institute of Basic Research in Science (1976-78); and was an assistant and associate professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder (1978-84).

Bejan has pioneered numerous original methods in thermodynamics, such as entropy generation minimization, scale analysis of convection, heatlines and masslines, and the constructal law of design and evolution in nature.

He is the author of more than 530 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 25 books including Design in Nature with J. Peder Zane (Doubleday, 2012); Shape and Structure, from Engineering to Nature (Cambridge University Press, 2000); Constructal Theory of Social Dynamics with Gilbert W. Merkx (Springer, 2007); and Design with Constructal Theory with Sylvie Lorente (Wiley, 2008). 

Three of his books, used as textbooks in universities around the world, are in their third edition—Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics (Wiley, 2006), Convection Heat Transfer (Wiley, 2004), and Convection in Porous Media with Donald Nield (Springer, 2006).  Bejan is ranked among the hundred most-cited authors in all engineering (all fields, all countries, living and deceased) by Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI).

A Fellow of ASME, Bejan has presented papers, organized and chaired numerous conference sessions, edited several proceedings and was associate editor of the Journal of Heat Transfer.  He served on a number of Heat Transfer Division committees and was a member of the Advanced Energy Systems Division’s Systems Analysis Technical Committee.  Among his many awards and recognitions, Bejan was honored with the Society’s Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award (1988), the James Harry Potter Gold Medal (1990), the Heat Transfer Memorial Award–Science (1994), the Worcester Reed Warner Medal (1996), the Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award (2001) and the Edward F. Obert Award (2004).

He is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

Bejan earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge in 1971, 1972 and 1975, respectively.  He holds 16 honorary doctorates from universities in 11 countries including the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (2003) and the Sapienza University of Rome (2009).


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