INL News Release
March 13, 2008

Media Contact: Teri Ehresman, 208-526-7785

INL researcher recognized for heat transfer work

Long-time Idaho National Laboratory employee Donald M. McEligot has received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Heat Transfer Memorial Award, the highest honor given for heat transfer by the organization.

The Heat Transfer Memorial Award was established in 1959 by the Heat Transfer Division of the society. In 1974, the professional organization elevated the recognition to a society-wide award recognizing outstanding contributions to the field of heat transfer through teaching, research, practice and design or a combination of such activities.

The award recognized McEligot for his "pioneering research contributions toward the fundamental understanding of viscous layer behavior, heated turbulent wall flows, effects of gas property variation and laminarization through key experiments, analysis and computations."

The INL is the U.S. Department of Energy's lead nuclear research and development laboratory. Many of the top researchers receive professional recognition for research conducted at the lab.

McEligot has made outstanding contributions to the field of heat transfer through fundamental research aimed at assisting the thermal engineer. His accomplishments have occurred in academe, industry and government service. He is Professor Emeritus in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering of the University of Arizona, and a Technical Leader in Thermal Science at the Idaho National Laboratory. Currently he is on sabbatical leave from INL to serve as Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Institut fuer Kernenergetik und Energiesysteme at Universitaet Stuttgart.

He has been honored by an award as a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar to West Germany, selection to Fellow grade in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, receipt of the Charles H. Jennings Memorial Award from the American Welding Society, promotion to full Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering with tenure at the University of Arizona and promotion to Captain, U.S. Naval Reserve. In 1996, he served as a Distinguished Foreign Scientist for the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, one of only about ten selected in all fields worldwide. He was honored as their 2002 Distinguished Scientist by the Idaho Academy of Science.


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