UT engineers recognized by international journal

     Dr. John R. Howell, associate dean of research in the College of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, and his former student Dr. Melvyn Fernandez of CES/Way International of Houston were selected as the recipients of the Best Paper Award from the journal “Drying Technology.” This is the third award Dr. Howell has earned from his engineering peers this year.

     Howell's and Fernandez's paper was titled “Radiative Drying Model of Porous Materials.” It dealt with a numerical prediction of how infrared heaters could speed the drying of semitransparent materials such as paper. The idea is to speed the drying process so that paper drying equipment could be speeded up to increase production.

     The paper was written as part of Dr. Fernandez's dissertation research and was chosen by a committee sponsored by Marcel Dekker, Inc. the publisher of the journal.

     Howell, the Baker-Hughes Centennial Professor, researches controlling temperature and energy. Much of his present work consists of developing fast and accurate computer models of energy devices such as industrial furnaces and semiconductor manufacturing processes. In particular, he is developing computer tools to aid designers of these processes. He has three textbooks to his credit, as well as more than 200 articles, papers and research reports.

     Howell also was recognized this year with the Joe J. King Professional Engineering Achievement Award from the College of Engineering and the Max Jakob Memorial Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)/American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).