Bladimir Ramos-Alvarado joins faculty in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

September, 5, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Bladimir Ramos-Alvarado has joined the department as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. He comes to Penn State from a postdoctoral appointment at Georgia Tech. He holds a Ph.D. and a masters degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and a masters and a bachelors in mechanical engineering from the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. Ramos’ research interests are strongly focused on the modeling of transport processes at different length scales and multiphysics modeling. He has conducted research on numerical and experimental characterization of PEM fuel cells operation, water transport/management in PEM fuel cells, design and numerical analysis of active liquid cooling devices for electronics, thermal characterization of electronics, nanoscale analysis of thermal and momentum transport in solid-liquid interfaces and surface chemistry. He is the principal investigator of the Interfacial Phenomena Lab (IPHEL) at Penn State.

We asked Bladimir a few questions about himself and his plans to make an impact in mechanical and nuclear engineering at Penn State.

What excites you about joining the MNE Department?

Two things: That MNE is a growing department, meaning that there are many assistant professors and each one of them is bringing diversity to our research portfolio, and that among those many assistant professors, my research is considered to be in the “emerging areas”, which means that I get the opportunity to create something new in the department.

What can students expect from you in the classroom?

I received my undergraduate and part of my graduate education in Mexico at the University of Guanajuato, in a small college of engineering in the middle of nowhere. It was a tough educational system in which having a half of the class failing meant that they could purge the system of “bad students”. This experience made me value my free education system and it is something that I intent to bring to the PSU classrooms, to make the students remember that they should make the best out of their time at PSU.

What have you found in Happy Valley that you really like or are looking forward to?

My family and I enjoy the outdoors and hiking is one of our favorite activities. Before moving to State College, we lived in Atlanta, a big city! But we managed to drive every weekend to the many state parks found in a 50 miles radius. We haven’t been able to do the same here, due to many reasons, but we have as a goal to visit all of the state parks in Pennsylvania.

What unique strength do you hope to bring to the department?

A diverse research portfolio! My PhD advisor gave me the opportunity to formulate my own research topic when I was a PhD student. It took me a long time, but I was able to put together several different ideas that culminated with the investigation of transport at solid-liquid interfaces where I had to borrow concepts and theories from chemical physics, physical chemistry, physics of fluids, and mechanical engineering.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I like to spend time with my family, wife and two children, grill out, hiking, and biking. I love videogames, but since I had my second child, I haven’t had time to enjoy any new videogame (I got the new Nintendo Switch on the release date though, after spending the night camping outside Walmart in Atlanta).

Where are you from originally?

I was born in Mexico, in city named Matamoros, a border town with the United States. I spent there only a couple of years and then moved to a small town named Salamanca, a place right in the middle of Mexico where the weather is always nice, never too warm, never too cold, and taco places abound.

What professional goals do you hope to achieve here at Penn State?

To create a successful research program and a network of collaboration spanning many disciplines across campus and beyond. Likewise, to be a mentor and a role model for graduate and undergraduate students, particularly for underrepresented minorities.


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Bladimir Ramos-Alvarado

Bladimir Ramos-Alvarado

Bladimir Ramos-Alvarado



The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. We serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and more than 330 graduate students

We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

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