Adrian Bejan, 2017 ASME Ralph Coats Roe Medal

Jan 9, 2018

by ASME.org

The Ralph Coats Roe Medal recognizes an outstanding contribution toward a better public understanding and appreciation of the engineer’s worth to society.

Adrian Bejan, Ph.D., J.A. Jones distinguished professor of mechanical engineering at Duke University, is recognized for accomplishments as an engineering scientist and educator, renowned communicator and prolific writer.

Dr. Bejan has been a member of the faculty at Duke since 1984. His research is in thermodynamics, applied physics, the constructal law, and design and evolution in nature. He is the author or co-author of 30 books and 630 peer-reviewed journal articles.

An ASME Fellow, Dr. Bejan was awarded Honorary Membership in 2011. He also received from ASME: the Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award in 1988, the James Harry Potter Gold Medal in 1990, the Heat Transfer Memorial Award (Science) in 1994, the Worcester Reed Warner Medal in 1996, the Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award in 2001 and the Edward F. Obert Award in 2004. In 1999, Dr. Bejan received the Max Jakob Memorial Award from ASME’s Heat Transfer Division and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Among other honors, Dr. Bejan received the Luikov Medal from the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer in 2006 and the Donald Q. Kern Award from AIChE in 2008. He is a member of the Academy of Europe, the Romanian Academy and the Academy of Sciences of Moldova.

Dr. Bejan earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a postdoctoral Fellow at the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bejan holds 18 honorary doctorates from universities in 11 countries.

Video profile produced and written by Roger Torda, ASME Public Information.

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