Chanwoo Park

Chanwoo Park
Assistant Professor

Ph.D. 2000, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
MS 1992, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Korea
BS 1989, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea

Phone: (775) 682-6301
Fax: (775) 784-1701
Office: Palmer Engineering, Room 209
Address: Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, MS 312; University of Nevada, Reno; Reno, NV 89557

Research/outreach areas

  • Two-phase heat transfer, micro/nano-scale heat transfer, energy storage/conversion (renewable energy, heat storage, hydrogen storage/compression and thermoelectrics), electronics cooling, vehicle thermal management, combustion and nanotechnology

Relevant past experience:

  • Extensive research funded by U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Missile Defense Agency (MDA), NASA and industries. Exceptional industrial engineering and manufacturing experience in electronics cooling and automobile industries. Extensive Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) research and project management developing advanced thermal/energy technologies raising total $5M funding.

Career Overview:
Dr. Park received his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan) in 2000. Before joining the University of Nevada-Reno faculty, he was a Group Leader at Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc., located at Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he had developed an advanced pump-assisted hybrid two-phase cooling loop technology for high heat flux electronic cooling and army vehicle thermal management and a metal hydride heat storage technology for military Solid-State Laser systems (2004-2008). Dr. Park also worked as a research specialist in Ford Research and Advanced Engineering Laboratory, Dearborn, Michigan, developing on the engine and battery cooling and vehicle thermal management systems for advanced hybrid electric and hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine vehicles (2001-2003). He also worked as a research scientist, in Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Seoul, Korea, developing a metal hydride heat pump/chiller technology (1992-1996).

Dr. Park’s research area and interest include (1) two-phase heat transfer/systems (e.g., boiling, condensation, micro/nano-scale heat transfer, pump-assisted hybrid two-phase loop, loop heat pipe, capillary pumped loop, and heat pipe) for cooling of high performance electronics (e.g., spacecraft electronics, computer chip and power electronics (e.g., IGBT)) and Directed Energy Weapon systems (e.g., high energy laser and high power microwave), and vehicle thermal management (e.g., fuel cell and hybrid electric vehicles); (2) energy conversion/storage/transportation technologies including renewable energy (e.g., solar and geothermal energy), fuel cell, thermoelectricity (cooling and power generation), solid hydrogen storage/compression, heat storage (metal hydrides and phase change materials), rechargeable battery (Li-Ion and Ni-MH), thermoelectrics (cooling and power generation) and Diesel ICE simulation; (3) nanotechnologies using nano-fluids, nano-fibers and nano-composites to improve traditional thermal and mechanical properties and designs. Both theoretical and experimental approaches are used for the research.

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