Mechanical engineering's Alex Rattner named 2016 Howes Scholar


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Alex Rattner, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been named a 2016 Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science.

Managed by the Krell Institute of Ames, Iowa, the award honors recent graduates of the Department of Energy’s Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) program for their outstanding leadership, character and technical achievement in the field of computational science.

“This is an incredible honor, and humbling considering the impressive accomplishments of other Howes Scholars. The award was only possible thanks to incredible mentoring and support from colleagues in the mechanical and nuclear engineering department and the College of Engineering during my first year at Penn State,” said Rattner.

Rattner, who joined Penn State in 2015, was a member of the DOE CSGF program from 2011 to 2015.

As the principal investigator of Penn State’s Multiscale Thermal Fluids and Energy Lab, he specializes in waste heat recovery, absorption refrigeration, membrane distillation, air-cooled condensers for power plants, and experimental and computational multiphase flow heat and mass transfer.

Rattner received a bachelor of science in engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

He previously held research positions at Idaho National Laboratory, the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University.

The other 2016 Howes Scholar is Aurora Pribram-Jones, Lawrence Fellow, Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

Rattner and Pribram-Jones will receive their awards July 26 during the DOE CSGF Annual Program Review in Arlington, Virginia.


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Alex Rattner has been named a 2016 Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science. Photo credit: Paul Hazi.



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