J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical EngineeringProfessor Bejan's research covers a wide range of topics in thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, convection and porous media. More recently, he developed the constructal law of organization and evolution in nature.
Professor Bejan is ranked since 2001 among the 100 most highly cited authors worldwide in engineering (all fields, all countries), the Institute for Scientific Information. Professor Bejan has received 18 honorary doctorates from universities in 11 countries.
Adrian Bejan is the author of 28 books and over 600 peer-referred articles. His h-index is 55 on the Web of Science.
Appointments and Affiliations
- J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering
- Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
- Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
- Office Location: 148A Engineering Bldg, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708
- Office Phone: (919) 660-5309
- Email Address: email@example.com
- Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1975
- M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1972
- B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1972
Research InterestsProfessor Bejan's research covers a wide range of topics in thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, convection and porous media. More recently, he developed the constructal law of design in nature.
Constructal Law of Design in Nature
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- Member. Academy of Europe. 2013
- Honorary Member. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 2011
- Edward F. Obert Award. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 2004
- Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 2001
- Mechanical Engineering Division/Ralph Coats Roe Award. American Society for Engineering Education. 2000
- Worcester Reed Warner Medal. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 1996
- James Harry Potter Gold Medal. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 1990
- ME 438: Constructal Theory and Design
- ME 531: Engineering Thermodynamics
- ME 532: Convective Heat Transfer
In the News
- Campfires, explained (Jul 21, 2016 | Vox )
- Adrian Bejan: What's the meaning of life? Physics (May 31, 2016 | National Geographic )
- Adrian Bejan: You can use physics to describe almost anything in life (May 2, 2016 | Quartz )
- Why do stars and planets come in different sizes? Adrian Bejan claims our universe follows a 'law of hierarchy' that stops it tearing apart (Mar 2, 2016 | The Daily Mail )
- How gravity created the universe’s wide variety of body sizes (Mar 1, 2016)
- Adrian Bejan: Why rolling stones and elephants live longer and travel farther (Feb 18, 2016 | Forbes )
- Adrian Bejan quoted: 133 years later, Gaudí's cathedral nears completion (Nov 6, 2015 | National Geographic )
- Taking a Cue from Nature to Improve Energy Storage (Aug 27, 2015)
- Building a fire scientifically: There’s no better way than the caveman’s (Jul 27, 2015 | The News & Observer )
- Adrian Bejan: How to build the perfect fire (Jun 9, 2015 | The Daily Mail )
- The Shape of a Perfect Fire: As Tall as Wide (Jun 8, 2015)
- Adrian Bejan comments: With five pitchers over 6-foot-7, Yankees have some tall tales (Apr 27, 2015 | The Wall Street Journal )
- Adrian Bejan: ‘Growth is not evolution’ (Apr 23, 2015 | The Huffington Post )
- Bejan, A, Evolution as Physics: The Human & Machine Species, European Review (2016), pp. 1-10 [10.1017/S1062798716000417] [abs].
- Bejan, A; Almerbati, A; Lorente, S; Sabau, AS; Klett, JW, Arrays of flow channels with heat transfer embedded in conducting walls, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol 99 (2016), pp. 504-511 [10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2016.03.123] [abs].
- Bejan, A; Alalaimi, M; Lorente, S; Sabau, AS; Klett, JW, Counterflow heat exchanger with core and plenums at both ends, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol 99 (2016), pp. 622-629 [10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2016.03.117] [abs].
- Chen, R; Wen, CY; Lorente, S; Bejan, A, The evolution of helicopters, Journal of Applied Physics, vol 120 no. 1 (2016), pp. 014901-014901 [10.1063/1.4954976] [abs].
- Bejan, A, Life and evolution as physics, Communicative & integrative biology, vol 9 no. 3 (2016) [10.1080/19420889.2016.1172159] [abs].
- A. Bejan & J. P. Zane, Design in Nature, Doubleday, New York, 2012.
- A. Bejan & S. Lorente, Design with Constructal Theory, Wiley, 2008
- A. Bejan, Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics, 3rd ed., Wiley, 2006.
- D. A. Nield & A. Bejan, Convection in Porous Media, 4th ed., Springer, 2013.
- A. Bejan, Convection Heat Transfer, 4th ed., Wiley, 2013.
Constructal law website: http://www.constructal.orgwebsite Employment
- 1989 - present: J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC.
- 1984 - 1989: Full Professor with Tenure, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University, Durham, NC.
- 1981 - 1984: Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
- 1978 - 1981: Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
- 1976 - 1978: Fellow of the Miller Institute of Basic Research in Science, University of California-Berkeley.
- 1975 - 1976: Lecturer and Research Associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Honorary Member, Romanian Academy, 2011
- Honorary Member, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, 2001.
- Donald Q. Kern Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), 2008, for "seminal contributions to heat exchange design based on two original methods: entropy generation minimization, and constructal theory."
- Fluid Science Research Award of the Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University, Japan, 21 January 2008.
- James P. Hartnett Memorial Award, 2007, International Center of Heat and Mass Transfer.
- Luikov Medal, 2006, International Heat Transfer Conference, Sydney.
- Edward F. Obert Award, 2004, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, for the paper "Thermodynamic Formulation of the Constructal Law" written with Prof. S. Lorente.
- Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award, 2001, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, for "outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering by an engineer twenty years or more following graduation."
- Ralph Coats Roe Award, 2000, American Society of Engineering Education.
- Max Jakob Memorial Award, 1999, awarded jointly by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, "for highly imaginative and inspiring ideas in the thermal science and design of engineering and nature."
- Worcester Reed Warner Medal, 1996, of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, "for originality, challenges to orthodoxy, and impact on engineering thermodynamics and heat transfer, which were made through the first three books: Entropy Generation Through Heat and Fluid Flow (1982), Convection Heat Transfer (1984), and Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics (1988)."
- Heat Transfer Memorial Award, 1994, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, science" category, "for significant and often unconventional contributions to heat transfer, notably in natural convection, thermodynamic aspects of heat transfer, convection in porous media, thermal tribology, solar energy conversion, cryogenics, and transition to turbulence; and for bringing modern research results and methods into heat transfer education."
- James Harry Potter Gold Medal, 1990, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, for "original and unorthodox ideas, journal articles, textbooks, graphics and lectures demonstrating that engineering thermodynamics is an active and often controversial field of research, and for encouraging others to invest their creativity in the future of the field."
- Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award, 1988, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, for "demonstrated outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering within ten to twenty years following graduation."
- Ralph R. Teetor Award, 1980, of the Society of Automotive Engineers.
- Robert Henry Thurston Lecture, 1999, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, "Shape and Structure in Engineering and Nature: Constructal Theory."
- ASME Distinguished Lecturer, 2002-2005.
- Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, elected in October 1987.
- Bejan number (Be), proposed as name for the dimensionless pressure difference group in forced convection (S. Bhattacharjee and W.L. Grosshandler, The formation of a wall jet near a high temperature wall under microgravity environment, ASME HTD-Vol. 96, 1988, pp. 711-716).
- Bejan number (Be), proposed as name for the dimensionless ratio of fluid friction irreversibility divided by heat transfer irreversibility, in convection (S. Paoletti, F. Rispoli and E. Sciubba, Calculation of exergetic losses in compact heat exchanger passages, ASME AES-Vol. 10-2, 1989, pp. 21-29).
- MIT, Member of Honors Course, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 1970 - 1972.
- MIT, De Florez Award for ingenuity in engineering design, 1969.