Dr. Jorge L. Alvarado is an associate professor and a Charlotte and Walter Buchanan Faculty Fellow in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution. He also holds a joint-appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research activities are focused on combustion of conventional fuels and biofuels, microexplosion and emission analysis of emulsified fuel blends, and numerical simulation of swirl-promoted combustion flows with entrained fuel droplets in confined combustion chambers. His research activities also include micro-scale and nano-scale heat transfer, single-phase vortex cooling, thermal energy storage, condensation, and phase change materials. Recent work also involves enhanced condensation using hybrid surfaces with hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties, characterization of microencapsulated phase change material slurries and nanofluids as heat transfer fluids, as well as the study of spray and droplet impingement cooling using nanostructured surfaces. He has numerous publications and received several awards. Dr. Alvarado is a member of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He also holds a professional engineering license in mechanical engineering.
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