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1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

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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, Distinguished and Regents' Professor of Nuclear, Mechanical, Chemical and Biological Engineering and 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 the 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 , named Regents' Professor in 1996, and in 2018 was promoted to Distinguished professor, the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member. He received the Presidential Lectureship Award (1984-85), the Graduate Students' Outstanding Teacher Award (1987-88), the School of Engineering's Research Excellence Award (1988) and Teaching Excellence Award (1989), and Student's Faculty Recognition Award (1996). He supervised 30 Masters Theses, with 1 pending, and 32 Doctoral Dissertations, with 4 pending.

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 analysis; design and thermal-hydraulics and safety analysis of space and terrestrial large nuclear reactors; dynamic simulation of nuclear reactor power systems; passive operation and inherently safe small modular reactors; advanced reactor concepts (LWRs, LMRs, HTGRs, and VHTR); gasification kinetics of nuclear graphite; zircaloy cladding embrittlement and compatibility with nuclear fuel; radiation shielding; space radiation shielding; swirling jets for enhanced mixing and cooling applications, and nucleate boiling CHF enhancement on porous and micro-porous surfaces; immersion cooling of high power electronics; heat pipes and thermosyphons; CFD analysis of nuclear reactors; Molecular Dynamics(MD) simulation and irradiation effect on materials, thermal management of energy systems; alkali metals heat transfer; and static and dynamic energy conversion (Thermoelectric (TE), Thermionic (TI), gas turbo-machinery and alkali-metals thermal-to-electric conversion (AMTEC)).

El-Genk is a prolific author with more than 380 refereed articles, 262 complete conference Proceedings articles, six book chapters, 82 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, nuclear reactor safety, and thermal-hydraulics.

He is a Fellow of American Nuclear Society (ANS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He received DOE Certificate of Appreciation for the Outstanding Contributions to Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion and 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, with numerous technical journals.

El-Genk 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, International Journal of Process Systems Engineering, and Journal of Nuclear Energy Science and Power Generation Technology; the Assembly of the International Heat Transfer Conference, and IAASS Academic Committee. He is a life member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Energy Conversion and Management, and the scientific and advisory committees of numerous international conferences.

He is a former Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Thermal Sciences and Engineering, an Editor of the International Journal of Process Systems Engineering-Energy Systems, and an Associate Editior of the Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering progress, Processes. He served as the Regional Editor for the Proceedings of 15th International Heat Transfer Conference and the Co-Chair of the Regional Scientific Committee for USA, Mexico and Central America.

El-Genk received the ANS Distinguished Faculty Member Honor, the AIChE Heat Transfer and Energy Conversion Division Award, and AIAA and ANS Certificates for Distinguished Leadership and Services, the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, 2017, AIAA, ANS, ASME, and AIChE Certificates for Distinguished Leadership and Services, and the AIChE 2009 Donald Q. Kern Award, a nationally and internationally prestigious recognition for the practical applications of process heat and mass transfer, and many other honors.

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

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