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MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (10/16/2013) — Former University of Minnesota mechanical engineering professor Ernst R.G. Eckert, often referred to as the father of the modern engineering field of heat and mass transfer, will be inducted in the Minnesota Science and Technology Hall of Fame in November.
Eckert was internationally renowned for his work with the early development of jet engines, as well as his breakthrough contributions to the fundamental understanding of heat transfer. Eckert joined the University of Minnesota’s Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1951. During nearly 25 years at the University, he founded the Heat and Mass Transfer Lab, mentored generations of students, and published more than 550 scientific papers and books.
Eckert’s work moved from the research lab to the real world with his development of practical applications for heat transfer in high-speed flight, solar energy, rocketry and numerous other scenarios. Eckert was among the first Regents' Professors at the University, and in 1961 was the first recipient of the Max Jakob Memorial Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Eckert died just two months shy of his 100th birthday in 2004.
“Professor Eckert was one of the faculty who put our department on the map,” said Uwe Kortshagen, current head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the University’s College of Science and Engineering. “His legacy lives on today in the next generation of research in our department.”
Eckert is one of two Minnesotans who will be honored for their outstanding contributions to science and industry as the newest inductees into the Minnesota Science and Technology Hall of Fame during the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) 2013 Tekne Awards on Nov. 6. The other inductee is John Rollwagen, a business leader, investor and advisor who is best known for his work in the 1970s and 80s building Cray Research from a start-up operation to a highly profitable and internationally respected Fortune 500 company.
Initiated in 2007 by MHTA and the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minnesota Science and Technology Hall of Fame honors Minnesotans whose achievements in science and technology have made significant, far-reaching contributions that have positively impacted our state and our world.