Alexander Rattner awarded Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professorship in Engineering


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Alexander Rattner, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Penn State, was recently named the Dorothy Quiggle Professor in Engineering.

Awarded to outstanding faculty early in their academic career within Penn State College of Engineering, this career development professorship recognizes current achievements and demonstrates a belief in potential.

“Alex has already had many early successes in his career, particularly given his most recent win of a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program Award,” said Karen Thole, distinguished professor and department head of mechanical and nuclear engineering, Penn State. “Alex’s approach to understanding components that lead to more efficient energy systems has already attracted the attention and support of other agencies as well. He has built a strong team of student researchers.”

The Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professorship in Engineering allows young faculty to direct initial energies into the classroom, establishing a commitment to teaching; and provides start-up funds for new areas of research and teaching laboratories.

“This appointment will help support my research group's work in developing new efficient thermal energy technologies for waste heat recovery, power production, and water desalination,” said Dr. Rattner. “I am also looking forward to increasing my role in the Penn State teaching mission as a faculty advisor of the Lunar Lions spacecraft team and through outreach programs with the Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS) and the Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania.”

Dr. Rattner received his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology as a U.S. Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow. He joined the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering in fall 2015 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and he is the principal investigator of the Multiscale Thermal Fluids and Energy Lab. Dr. Rattner’s research focus includes waste heat recovery, absorption refrigeration, membrane distillation, air-cooled condensers for power plants, and experimental and computational multiphase flow heat and mass transfer.

“I feel very touched by the appointment, and am grateful to the Quiggle family for creating this professorship,” said Dr. Rattner. “I sincerely appreciate all the support I have received from the Penn State community, which has helped me prepare for this position.”

Justin Schwartz, the Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering, recommended Dr. Rattner for the professorship, which was then determined by Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas Jones. Dr. Rattner will hold his professorship for a three-year term.


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