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Christopher Cirenza is a second year graduate student at Virginia Tech pursuing his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include designing and implementing workshops for the undergraduate heat transfer class, calibrating high-temperature heat flux sensors, and screen-printing inexpensive thin film heat flux sensors. He received his Bachelors degree in Physics at Davidson College in 2013.
Tom Diller was a Hertz Fellow at MIT, which culminated in a Doctor of Science degree in 1977. After working at Polaroid Corporation for several years, he has been teaching mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech for over 35 years. His current research focuses on the development and use of new instrumentation for measuring heat transfer. Applications include high-temperature unsteady flows, such as found in gas turbine engines and for non-invasively measuring blood perfusion in the human body. He continues to work to transition research results to industrial and laboratory applications and has published well over one hundred papers in areas encompassing heat transfer, fluid flow, biomedical engineering and instrumentation. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate heat transfer courses with approximately 300 students per year. This encompasses computer usage in class and active learning innovations. He has directed over 30 PhD dissertations and M.S. theses. He spent the summer of 1995 at NASA Lewis Research Center working on several experiments in gas turbine heat transfer. He was on sabbatical during the 2002-2003 academic year in the turbomachinery lab at the Swiss Federal Institute in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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