The ME Department welcomes Kevin Pipe as an Assistant Professor, and Dr. Tim Gordon, who has been approved for a 25% appointment as Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
A Michigan native, Pipe ( https://me-web2.engin.umich.edu/zope/pubdir/bio?uniqname=pipe ) came to the University of Michigan from MIT, where he did his undergraduate and graduate studies, receiving a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2003. His work focuses on micro and nanoscale thermal physics. At the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics, he did experimental and theoretical work on heat transfer in electronic and optoelectronic devices such as semiconductor lasers, showing how thermoelectric effects and microscale heat exchange models could be used to design devices that cool themselves internally during operation.
Here at U-M, he plans to continue studying heat transfer at small size scales, developing models and experimental methods that enable the operation of next-generation devices and systems. He is currently teaching ME 235 (Thermodynamics) and is expected to teach ME 631 (Statistical Thermodynamics) in the fall.
Gordon ( https://me-web2.engin.umich.edu/zope/pubdir/bio?uniqname=tjgordon ) will be serving his ME appointment in conjunction with a 75% appointment as a Research Professor in the Engineering Research Division ( http://www.umtri.umich.edu/divisionPage.php?pageID=39 ) of the U-M Transportation Research Institute ( http://www.umtri.umich.edu/news.php ). His initial appointment is for three years.
Professor Gordon received his PhD in Relativistic Field Theory (1978) from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, and his BA in Applied Mathematics (1975) from Gonville and Caius College at University of Cambridge. His research includes all aspects of dynamics and control, with special emphasis on advanced and nonlinear methods, and applications areas within automotive engineering; also, driver modeling and driving control and assistance systems.