Editor (Dimos Poulikakos)

Real Name: Dimos Poulikakos, Ph.D. Professor

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Dimos Poulikakos has been Full Professor of Thermodynamics at the ETH Zurich since 1996. He founded the laboratory of thermodynamics in emerging technologies in the Institute for Energy Technology. From December 2005 to August 2007 he took office as Vice-President of the ETH Zurich, responsible for research.

A citizen of the United States as well as of Greece, Prof. Poulikakos was born on August 29, 1955 in Athens, Greece. After receiving his degree in 1978 in mechanical engineering from the National Technical University, Athens, he studied at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned his M.S. in 1980 and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1983. Before joining ETH Zurich he was full professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His current research is in the area of interfacial transport phenomena, heat transfer and thermodynamics in emerging technologies, focusing on energy conversion and transport at micro- and nanoscales, surface driven energy conversion (fuel cells) and on biomedical applications with special emphasis on the human body.

Among the awards he has received for his contributions are the White House/NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1985, the Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal in 1986, the Society of Automotive Engineers Ralph R. Teetor Award in 1986, the University of Illinois Scholar Award in 1986, the James H. Potter Gold Medal in Thermodynamics in 2000, the Heat Transfer Memorial Award for Science in 2003, from ASME, and the Nusselt-Reynolds Prize of the World Assembly of Heat Transfer Conferences in 2009. He was the Russell S. Springer Professor of the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of California at Berkeley (2003) and the Hawkins Memorial Lecturer of Purdue University in (2004).

He has published over 240 research articles in peer refereed scientific journals and many papers in scientific conference proceedings as well as a textbook in heat conduction (Prentice Hall, 1994). He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal the Experimental Heat Transfer, and an Editor of the Journal of Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, the Journal of Porous Media, the Intl. Journal of Thermal Sciences and the Intl. Journal of Transport Phenomena. He represents Switzerland in the world assembly of heat transfer conferences. He is a Fellow of ASME. He is a member of the Swiss National Academy of Engineering.