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Ortega, Alfonso


Dr. Alfonso Ortega received his B.S. from The University of Texas-El Paso, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, all in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Ortega was on the faculty of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at The University of Arizona in Tucson for 18 years, where he directed the Experimental and Computational Heat Transfer Laboratory. From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Ortega was the Program Director for Thermal Transport and Thermal Processing in the Chemical and Transport Systems Division of The National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia, where he managed the NSF's primary program funding heat transfer and thermal technology research in U.S. universities. Dr. Ortega is an internationally recognized researcher in the areas of thermal management of data centers and electronic systems, convective and conjugate heat transfer in complex flows, experimental measurements in the thermal sciences, and thermal management in energy systems.

He has supervised over 40 M.S. and Ph.D. candidates to degree completion, 5 postdoctoral researchers, and more than 70 undergraduate research students. He is the author of over 300 journal and symposia papers, book chapters, and monographs. Dr. Ortega is a Fellow of the ASME. He is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the ASME Electronic Packaging Division Thermal Management Award, the SEMITHERM Significant Contributor Award, and the Harvey Rosten Award for Excellence. He has been a an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging and Guest Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology. He has chaired the ASME K16 Committee on Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment, the ASME Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division, the ASME/IEEE ITHERM Symposium, the IEEE SEMITHERM Symposium, and the ASME InterPACK Conference.


B.S.M.E., University of Texas at El Paso, 1976

M.S.M.E., Stanford University, 1978

Ph.D., Stanford University, 1986

Professional Experience

Associate Vice President Research and Graduate Programs, Villanova University 2012-2016

Associate Dean Graduate Programs and Research, College of Engineering, Villanova University 2007-2012

James R. Birle Professor of Energy Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2005-present

Program Director, Division of Chemical and Thermal Systems, National Science Foundation 2004-2006

Professor, University of Arizona, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 1988-2004

Director of Villanova's Laboratory for Advanced Thermal and Fluid Systems founded in 2006

Guest Researcher, Semiconductor Electronics Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Technical Staff Member, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dean, School of Engineering

John M. Sobrato Professor