Energy, Fluid & Thermal Systems

Sustainable Energy
Impacting Society Through Technology

With an eye toward some of the greatest challenges facing the global community today, Stevens has identified sustainability of energy and infrastructure as one of its major research focuses. The Energy/Thermal/Fluids Systems Group seeks to develop solutions to energy challenges that promote economic and environmental sustainability through interdisciplinary collaborative research, education, and outreach programs. Group members research advanced and sustainable energy systems combined with fundamental and applied research in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics.

Research activities include:

  • Advanced and sustainable energy systems: Hybrid solar PV/thermal, Wind energy, Geothermal, and Nuclear systems; Energy conversion and storage; Energy Efficiency; Energy harvesting/scavenging technologies
  • Microscale heat transfer and Microfluidics: including multiscale fluid physics and heat transfer on nanostructured surfaces, microfluidic self-assembly of nanomaterials, and microelectronics cooling techniques
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer (CFD/CHT): Computational modeling and simulation of high speed flows; LES and DNS of complex flows; Turbulence modeling for heat and mass transfer applications; Modeling and analysis of flows in turbomachinery; Multiphase Gas-Solid and Granular Flows; Thermal Convection and Fluid Dynamics in Porous Media; Experimental investigation of bluff body flows
Research Stories

High-speed, durable naval vessel surfaces
Anti-corrosive, superhydrophobic surfaces retain a low-friction gas layer, reducing drag and allowing naval vessels to move through water more efficiently

Lab on a Chip
Digital microfluidics creates an energy efficient lab-on-a-chip, enabling portable at-home medical tests

Solar Decathlon
In the spirit of substantive research that strives for societal impact, students from the School of Engineering and Science joined the The New School, Habitat for Humanity of Washington DC and the DC Department of Housing and Community Development in an unprecedented interdisciplinary collaboration (dubbed Empowerhouse) to address the issue of affordable and sustainable urban housing as part of the US Department of Energy 2011 Solar Decathlon. Another Stevens team, Ecohabit, will participate in the 2013 competition, in which they will embrace the idea of a home as an engineered system of systems with embedded intelligence at the core.

Solar Decathlon Videos
Get an insider's view of the Empowerhouse design, which incorporates German Passivhaus standards, in this video report from PBS.
Stevens + The New School created this net-zero dwelling for the 2011 Solar Decathlon. After the competition, one family will live in the solar-powered, high efficiency house.
Related Faculty

Dr. Chang-Hwan Choi
Associate Professor

Dr. Richard Cole
Professor Emeritus

Dr. Hamid Hadim
Professor & Undergraduate Program Director

Dr. Nick Parziale
Assistant Professor

Dr. Siva Thangam
Professor & Dean of Academic Administration