Catton, a distinguished professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has conducted pioneering work in thermal sciences in a broad range of areas, including natural convection, flow instability, solar energy and porous media transport to nuclear reactor safety. Catton received the Max Jakob Memorial Award in 2009 from ASME and AIChE for his work in heat transfer.
Dhir, dean of the school and distinguished professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, leads the Boiling Heat Transfer Lab, which has conducted pioneering work in fundamental and applied sciences involving boiling, an efficient process of heat removal. Currently the lab is involved in the study of flow boiling, micro-gravity boiling, and nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics. Dhir received the Max Jakob Memorial Award in 2004, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.