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John H. Lienhard V

John H. Lienhard V

Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Water and Food
Director, Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT and KFUPM
Director, Rohsenow Kendall Heat Transfer Laboratory

Room 3-166
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307
Phone: 617-253-3790  

Curriculum Vitae

Administrative Contact:
Christine Gervais
Room 3-164
Phone: 617-324-4939  


Research Interests

Desalination; Water Supply; Energy;

Heat and Mass Transfer; Fluid Mechanics; Convective Transport;

Extremely High Heat Fluxes; Electronics Thermal Management


Teaching Interests

Heat and Mass Transfer (2.51, 2.55)
Desalination (2.500)

Modeling and Approximation in Thermal Systems (2.52)
Measurement and Instrumentation


Free electronic textbook: A Heat Transfer Textbook, Fourth Edition

Instrumentation Textbook: Mechanical Measurements, Sixth Edition 



1982, BS in Engineering, Concentration in Thermal Engineering

Department of Chemical, Nuclear, and Thermal Engineering

University of California, Los Angeles

(Summa Cum Laude)

1984, MS, Heat and Mass Transfer

Department of Chemical, Nuclear, and Thermal Engineering

University of California, Los Angeles

1988, PhD, Fluid Dynamics

Department of Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences

University of California, San Diego


Honors and Awards

1988, Presidential Young Investigator Award, NSF
1991, Best Paper Award, 26th ASME/AIChE National Heat Transfer Conference
1992, Ralph R. Teetor Award, SAE
1993, Ruth and Joel Spira Teaching Award, MIT School of Engineering
1994, Graduate Student Council Teaching Award, MIT
1997, R&D 100 Award
1999, Carl R. Soderberg Distinguished Service Award, MIT
2000, Fellow of ASME
2003, Den Hartog Distinguished Educator Award, MIT

2008-2014 Samuel C. Collins Chaired Professorship

2011, Best Paper Award, IDA World Congress on Desalination & Water Reuse

2012, ASME Technical Communities Globalization Medal

2014, Abdul Latif Jameel Chaired Professorship

2015, ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award


Some Positions Held

Director, Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Laboratory (JWAFS)

Editorial Board, Desalination: October 2011-present

Editorial Board, Frontiers in Heat and Mass Transfer: April 2010-present

Editorial Board, Desalination and Water Treatment: January 2009-present

Director, Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT and KFUPM, June 2008-present  (CCWCE)

Associate Department Head for Education, Department of Mechanical Engineering: July 2008-April 2012

Undergraduate Officer, Department of Mechanical Engineering: July 2005 - April 2012

ABET Accreditation Coordinator of ME Department: July 2005 - June 2008

Head, Division of Fluids, Energy, and Transport: August 2001 - July 2005
Editorial Board, Journal of Heat Transfer: 2003 - 2006
Editorial Board, Acta Mechanica: 2003 - 2011
Chairman, ME Faculty Hiring Committee: August 2001 - July 2005
Chairman, ME Strategic Planning Committee: September 1997 - July 2000
Director, Rohsenow Kendall Heat Transfer Laboratory: July 1997 - present

Editorial Board, Experimental Heat Transfer: March 1995 - present
State Implementation Plan Steering Cmt. for Air Quality, Massachusetts DEP: August 1994 - present (Air quality)
Hatsopoulos Professor: July 1988 - June 1991
Joined MIT Faculty: January 1988



American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Association for the Advancement of Science

International Desalination Association

PE Registration, Massachusetts
Tau Beta Pi

Scientific Council of the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer


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