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Matthew M. Mench

Matthew M. Mench

Interim Dean, Tickle College of Engineering, Condra Chair, and Chancellor's Professor

Biography

March 2021-present
Interim Dean, Tickle College of Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2013-present
Condra Chair Professor and Head, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2019-2020
Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2010-2013
Professor, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Joint Faculty, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Energy and Transportation Science Division

2007-2010
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

2002-2007
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

2000-2002
Assistant Professor/Research Associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Pennsylvania State University


Research

  • Electrochemical power conversion and storage including polymer electrolyte fuel cells, flow battery systems, and biological energy systems.
  • Multi-phase transport visualization and characterization.
  • Computational simulation of electrochemical power conversion and storage systems.
  • Electrochemical methods of hazardous waste conversion.
  • Simulation of the influence of rapidly evolving socio-cultural factors on decision making and group opinion dynamics.

Education

PhD, 2000, The Pennsylvania State University

MSME, 1996, The Pennsylvania State University

BSME, 1994, The Pennsylvania State University


Professional Service

  • ASME Fellow
  • ASME Department Head Executive Committee
  • Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology
  • Former Executive Vice President, International Associate for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE)
  • Associate Editor (Emeritus), International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
  • Invited speaker to over 60 Universities, Research Laboratories, and Conferences
  • Reviewer for Numerous Journals
  • Conference Chair, 2008 Gordon Research Conference on Fuel Cells
  • Advisory Board Member, Session Chair, or Organizer for Numerous Technical Conferences
  • NSF Early Career Development (CAREER) Awardee 2007
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Member, Electrochemical Society
  • NASA Graduate Research Fellowship (GSRP) 2000

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2020 Chancellor's Professor
  • 2016 List of The 150 Most Cited Scholars in Energy Research by Elsevier Scopus Data
  • UT College of Engineering Translational Research Award, 2016
  • UT Research Foundation Start Up Award, 2016
  • The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014
  • 2013 UTK College of Engineering Research Fellow Award
  • Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers (top 1% cited authors in engineering category for 2002-2012)
  • Outstanding  and Premier Teaching Awards, Penn State Engineering Society 2006 and 2009.
Matthew M. Mench

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