Issam Mudawar honored by ASME

Issam Mudawar, the Betty Ruth and Milton B. Hollander Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Allan Kraus Thermal Management Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for 35 years of pioneering accomplishments and international leadership in high-heat flux thermal management of electronics and its impact on the cooling of computers, data centers, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, defense electronics and space vehicles.

The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in thermal management of electronic systems and a commitment to the field of thermal science and engineering, including successful product development, seminal papers, filed patents and leadership of research and development programs. The award was established in 1994 by ASME’s Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division.

Mudawar received his Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then immediately joined the Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering. He is director of the Purdue University Boiling and Two-Phase Flow Laboratory (PU-BTPFL) and International Electronic Cooling Alliance (PU-IECA). He is a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher and has written over 250 archival journal publications and supervised 65 graduate students. He is the recipient of several national and international honors and awards, including the 2013 American Society of Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) Founder’s Award, the 2013 ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award and 75th Anniversary Medal from the ASME Heat Transfer Division, and the 2019 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space Processing Award. He is a fellow of ASME, senior member of IAAA, and member of ASGSR. Mudawar has also received numerous awards for teaching excellence and services to Purdue students, including best teaching in mechanical engineering in 1986, 1991, 1995, 2004, and 2020, outstanding teaching at Purdue University in 1996, and is a founding member of the Purdue University Teaching Academy.

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