University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Heat and Mass Transfer constitute some of the key phenomena of human activity in many facets of society: chemical processes, energy conversion and power generation, food and pharmaceutics processing, materials and metallurgy, transportation and space, thermal control and manufacturing of electronics, bioengineering and biomedical applications, indoor climate, and improving the environment. Much of the technology needed for sustainable development while addressing the impact on our climate are related to the application of heat and mass transfer. The community has developed techniques for continued advancement for decades and has contributed greatly to modern medicine, transportation, electronics, manufacturing, and so much more. The field continues to mature and confront renewed challenges with the development of new techniques, instrumentation and applications required for sustained development. Some major new challenges in search of new and improved technologies are related to the environment. Heat and mass transfer development is needed to allow civilization to continue to develop and prosper with attention to health, comfort, productivity and mobility; and, all-the-while with attention to reducing stress on the environment. The multiple facets of heat and mass transfer continue to widen into more advanced methods in medicine, transportation, efficient use of chemical, nuclear, solar and wind energy and mitigation of pollution of our soil, water, and air. Much awaits the greater understanding and continued development of knowledge needed to support our worldwide research activities. We continue to develop innovative techniques for computer simulations in synergy with increasingly sophisticated experimental and diagnostic techniques. This opens new frontiers for discoveries and innovation that we can only imagine at this time. Consider our field at the inception of the ICHMT in the late 1960s and project another 50 years. Our continued study will take us to ever widening scales, from the size of sub-atomic particles to the immensity of the galaxies. Presently, the rapid pace in research capabilities at the micro and nano scales are yielding vast new opportunities as we create materials tailored to the needs of upcoming generations of technology.
Last year, the ICHMT celebrated its 50thyear advancing its noble mission of providing apolitical forums for the world's leading scientists and engineers in all branches of heat and mass transfer to communicate, collaborate and pursue excellence. The Centre continues to foster international exchange and cooperation. Its prime activities are the scientific and engineering conferences and symposia, problem-focused meetings, forums, international schools and short courses, as well as publications of proceedings archived as ICHMT publications, all aimed at promoting research, education, and exchange of personnel, as well as mutual understanding and good will for the benefit of humankind. The fast pace of the present requires this communication now more than ever.
I feel honored and privileged to assume the role of President of the ICHMT for the next four-year period (2019-2023) and I see this as an opportunity to not only continue the ICHMT primary mission, but also to expand and posture it to respond to new challenges. I give my thanks to all the members of the Scientific Council and the Executive Committee for entrusting me with this noble position.
I join with the officers and committees of the ICHMT in expressing my sincere appreciation and thanks to the past President, Professor Kemal Hanjalic, for his inspiring leadership of our community for the past four years. I look forward to building upon his legacy and the legacies of his predecessors over these past 50 years to promote ICHMT global visibility, expand its institutional and individual membership, and broaden the scope of its events and the size of its digital repository. In these endeavors we shall continue Kemal’s success in building close relations with the Assembly for International Heat Transfer Conferences (AIHTC), the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM) and other professional associations with common interests, as well as with national and regional Heat and Mass Transfer Societies.