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Oct. 24, 1997

New professorship established in ME

by Skip Derra

A $500,000 gift from a former department chair will endow the Bergles Professorship in the department of mechanical engineering.

The Bergles Professor will provide leadership and mentoring in developing faculty, curriculum and programs in the thermal sciences.

Arthur Bergles, Centerville, Mass., served as chair of mechanical engineering at Iowa State from 1972 until 1983. He recently retired from the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., where he was engineering dean from 1989 until 1992.

"The Bergles Professorship will recognize a person of leadership and excellence, both at Iowa State and nationally, in teaching and research in thermal systems, one of the two main branches of mechanical engineering," said Warren DeVries, chair of mechanical engineering.

Bergles is considered the world's foremost authority in the enhancement or augmentation of convective heat transfer. His pioneering work in classifying the various enhanced heat transfer devices has been widely acclaimed.

In 1986, Bergles was named director of the Heat Transfer Lab at Rensselaer, where he later became dean.

"I hope the endowment will attract and help retain an outstanding senior faculty in the thermal sciences," Bergles said. "I think the opportunities to do that are better at Iowa State than at other places, because of the long-term commitment the ME department has to that area of study."

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