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Mohamed S. El-Genk

Mohamed S. El-Genk

Distinguished and Regents' Professor, Nuclear, Mechanical and Chemical & Biological Engineering and Founding Director, Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA

Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies
MSC01-1120, FEC 1120
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: 505.277.5442
Fax: 505.277.2814

Mohamed S. El-Genk, PhD, is Distinguished and Regents' Professor of Nuclear, Mechanical, Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Founding Director of the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies at University of New Mexico (UNM). Before joining UNM, he spent 13 years in energy and nuclear industries.

In 2001, he was named the 46th Annual Research Lecturer; one of the highest honors bestowed upon a faculty member at UNM and Regents' Professor in 1996, and in 2018 was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor, the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member.

At UNM, El-Genk is also the recipient of the Presidential Lectureship Award, the Graduate Students' Outstanding Teacher Award, the School of Engineering's Research Excellence Award, the school of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, and the Students' Faculty Recognition Award (1996). He supervised 30 Masters Theses and 32 Doctoral Dissertations.

El-Genk's research interests include natural and combined convection heat transfer; boiling and two-phase flow; nuclear fuel design and irradiation behavior; nuclear fuel-cladding and reactor materials; design basis and severe accident analyses; design and multi-physics neutronics, thermal-hydraulics and safety analyses of space, small modular and micro reactors; dynamic simulation of nuclear reactor power systems; gasification kinetics of nuclear graphite; zircaloy cladding embrittlement and compatibility with nuclear fuel; biological and space radiation shielding; enhanced cooling applications of high-power electronics using swirling jets and immersion nuclear boiling of dielectric liquids; nucleate boiling and CHF enhancements rough, porous and micro-porous surfaces; CFD simulation analyses of nuclear reactors; electromagnetic pumps for space and terrestrial nuclear reactors; Molecular Dynamics(MD) simulation of irradiation effects on materials, thermal management of space reactor power systems and nuclear thermal propulsion; alkali metals heat transfer; static and dynamic energy conversion (Thermoelectric (TE), Thermionic (TI), gas turbo-machinery and alkali-metals thermal-to-electric conversion (AMTEC)), Nuclear Cybersecurity, and modelling and simulations.

He is a prolific author with more than 390 refereed articles, 260 peer reviewed conference Proceedings articles, six book chapters, 80 technical reports, and 57 transactions articles to his credit. He holds six patents and published a book, "Critical Review of Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion 1984-1993," and 55 book volumes, containing more than 5,000 full technical papers on topics related to space nuclear power and propulsion, reactor safety, and thermal hydraulics.

El-Genk is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) and is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

He is the recipient of numerous national awards and recognitions that include:

* ANS 2021 Reactor Technology Award in recognition of extraordinary contributions towards advancing space and micro reactor technologies.

* ASME 2017 Heat Transfer Memorial Award for outstanding Contributions to boiling enhancement; immersion cooling of electronics; force, natural and combined convection in rod bundles; heat pipes and thermosyphons; imping and swirling jets heat transfer; thermal hydraulics of nuclear reactors; and thermal management of space nuclear power systems.

* ANS 2015 Thermal-Hydraulics Technical Achievement Award in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the understanding of terrestrial and space reactor thermal hydraulics phenomena and for his impact on the thermal hydraulics community as a researcher, educator, and leader.

* AIChE 2009 Donald Q. Kern Memorial Award, one of most prestigious in the world recognizing significant contributions in applied heat and mass transfer.

* US Department of Energy Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions to Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion.

El-Genk served on NASA's Space Exploration of the Solar System Technology Assessment Group and the Advanced Radioisotope Power System (ARPS) Team Technology Assessment and Recommended Roadmap for Potential NASA Code S Missions Beyond 2011. He also served as a merit reviewer for the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program and the Nuclear Energy University Program, and numerous technical journals.

He is a member of the Scientific Council of the International Center for Heat and Mass Transfer; Editorial Board of the Journal of Frontiers in Heat Pipes, the International Journal of Process Systems Engineering, and J. Nuclear Energy Science and Power Generation Technology; the Assembly of the International Heat Transfer Conference, and IAASS Academic Committee.

He served as the Regional Editor for the Proceedings of the International Heat Transfer Conference and the Co-Chair of the Regional Scientific Committee for USA, Mexico, and Central America, on the Editorial Board of J. Energy Conversion and Management and the scientific and advisory committees of numerous international conferences. He is Editor of the International Journal of Process Systems Engineering-Energy Systems and former Associate Editor of the ASME J. Thermal Sciences and Engineering.

El-Genk served on and chaired the ASME/AIChE Board for the prestigious Max Jacob Memorial Award in heat transfer, the AIChE Donald Q. Kern Award Committee, the ASME/AIChE National Heat Transfer Conference Coordinating Committee and the AIChE Executive Committees of the Heat Transfer and the Energy Conversion Division and of the AIChE Transport and Energy Processes Division.

El-Genk received the ANS Distinguished Faculty Member Honor, the AIChE Heat Transfer and Energy Conversion Division Award, and AIAA, ANS, ASME, and AIChE Certificates for Distinguished Leadership and Services.

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