Heat Transfer Memorial Awards
The Heat Transfer Memorial Award, established in 1959 by the Heat Transfer Division and elevated to a Society award in 1974, recognizes outstanding contributions to the field through teaching, research, practice and/or design.
Recipient: LAURENT PILON - SCIENCE
Laurent Pilon, Ph.D., a professor in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department at the University of California, Los Angeles, is recognized for seminal and interdisciplinary contributions to the field of heat transfer, combined with interfacial phenomena, materials science and electrochemistry, for the development of sustainable energy technologies.
Dr. Pilon and his collaborators have authored six book chapters and more than 170 archival journal publications, and filed seven patents. Over the last 19 years, he has advised 22 master’s students, 30 Ph.D. students and five postdoctoral scholars. Dr. Pilon is an associate editor of ASME's Journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage.
Recipient: MICHAEL OHADI - ART
Michael Ohadi, Ph.D., a Minta Martin professor of mechanical engineering at University of Maryland, College Park, is recognized for pioneering contributions in the application of electrohydrodynamics to enhanced heat and mass transfer, liquid-vapor separation and micropumping processes; in novel heat and mass transfer designs for single phase and phase change processes; and in the development of novel, additively manufactured heat exchangers for polymer and polymer composites, and metals and super alloys.
Dr. Ohadi joined UMD in 1990. His research has been cross-disciplinary and team-based, with active collaborations with materials science and engineering, and chemical and electrical engineering disciplines. He served as program director at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency–Energy (2016-20).
Recipient: WEBB MARNER - GENERAL
Webb Marner, Ph.D., an adjunct professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, is recognized for extensive, exemplary contributions to ASME, the Society's Heat Transfer Division and the thermal science community through technical experience in industry, academia and government.
Dr. Marner's professional career includes a faculty position at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City and technical staff positions at Heat Transfer Research, Inc. in Alhambra, Calif. In 1980 he joined the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, where he spent most of his career. Dr. Marner began teaching thermal science and system design courses at UCLA in 1991.
James Harry Potter Gold Medal
The James Harry Potter Gold Medal was established in 1980 to recognize eminent achievement or distinguished service in the science of thermodynamics and its applications in mechanical engineering.
Recipient: TATIANA MOROSUK
Tatiana Morosuk, Ph.D., Dr. habil., head of the exergy-based methods for refrigeration systems department at Technische Universität Berlin, is recognized for outstanding and innovative contributions to the science of theoretical and applied thermodynamics, particularly eminent teaching and research in the areas of advanced exergy-based methods, refrigeration and cryogenic processes, and electric power generation plants.
Dr. Morosuk also serves as deputy director of the Institute for Energy Engineering at TU Berlin (2015-17; 2021-). In 2015 she began serving as a study dean for two international master's programs, and that same year two additional programs were established under her leadership. Dr. Morosuk has supervised/co-supervised 16 Ph.D. and more than 100 master's theses. She has published eight books and more than 400 research papers, and she has 10 patents.
George Westinghouse Medals
The George Westinghouse Medals were established to recognize eminent achievement or distinguished service in the power field of mechanical engineering to perpetuate the value of the rich contribution to power development made by George Westinghouse, honorary member and 29th president of the Society. The Gold Medal was established in 1952 and the Silver Medal in 1971.
Recipient: JOVICA RIZNIC – GOLD
Jovica Riznic, P.Eng., Ph.D., technical specialist at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, is honored for the development of complex numerical models and innovative diagnostics to better measure, calculate and understand the structure of the two-phase flow in nuclear power plants; and for key contributions to steam generator life cycle management.
At the CNSC, Dr. Riznic works on regulatory analysis and assessment of technical issues with operating nuclear power plants, with a focus on fitness-for-service assessment of major components. He is also an adjunct professor/thesis advisor at the University of Waterloo and Purdue University, and a faculty member at Algonquin College.
Recipient: BRIAN WODKA – SILVER
Brian Wodka, P.E., division manager of the York, Pa. office of RMF Engineering, is recognized for demonstrated leadership that has advanced the power industry, particularly achievements in systems design, regulatory changes, standards development, training and ASME service.
Mr. Wodka has spent his entire career involved in steam systems and power plant engineering, inspection, operation, commissioning, reliability and forensic analysis. He has published multiple technical papers and articles as a subject matter expert on power plant performance and reliability. For the past 10 years, he sits on both the Maryland Board of Boiler Rules and the Maryland Board of Stationary Engineers.
Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer
The Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer, established in 2003, recognizes an engineer who is committed to pursuing research in heat transfer and demonstrates the potential to make significant contributions in the field.
Recipient: NENAD MILJKOVIC
Nenad Miljkovic, Ph.D., an associate professor of mechanical science and engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign, is recognized for significant contributions to the fundamental understanding of phase change heat transfer, particularly the dropwise condensation of steam, and the development of materials to enable the dropwise condensation of low surface tension fluids.
Dr. Miljkovic also leads the Energy Transport Research Laboratory; and he has courtesy appointments in electrical and computer engineering, and the Materials Research Laboratory. He is associate director of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center, a National Science Foundation industry–university cooperative research center at UIUC.