Alfonso Ortega, Ph. D.
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and ResearchJames R. Birle Professor of Energy TechnologyVillanova UniversityCollege of EngineeringCEER Rm. 303Villanova, PA 19085 USAPhone: (610) 519-7440
Alfonso Ortega is the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Programs and the James R. Birle Professor of Energy Technology at Villanova University. He received his B.S. in 1976 from The University of Texas-El Paso, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1978 and 1986 respectively, all in Mechanical Engineering. He was on the faculty of Aerospace and Mechanical engineering at The University of Arizona from 1988 to 2005 where he founded and directed the Experimental and Computational Heat Transfer Laboratory. From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Ortega was the Program Director for Thermal Transport and Thermal Processing in the Chemical and Transport Systems Division of The National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. He joined the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Villanova University in 2005. Dr. Ortega directs the Laboratory for Advanced Thermal and Fluid Systems conducting research in the heat transfer and fluid mechanics fundamentals of convective heat transfer in single and two phase flow, especially in problems that arise from the technology of electronics thermal management, gas turbine cooling, and alternative energy technologies. He has supervised nearly 40 M.S. and Ph.D. candidates to degree completion and is the author of over 300 journal and symposia papers. Dr. Ortega is a Fellow of the ASME and is currently Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer.