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Thomas Adams

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Thomas Adams ("Dr. Thom") is a Rose-Hulman alumnus who specializes in heat transfer, energy systems, fluid mechanics and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). He is a proponent of active learning and some of his recent research with students has focused on "shock plugs" in compressible microflows, the effect of ultrasound on solid microparticles, surface tension driven flow in microchannels and modeling and characterization of hot-arm actuators. Dr. Adams has been a visiting professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He holds a patent for a shape memory alloy MEMS heat engine, has received the Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award, and is a member of MENSA. Dr. Adams also advises the Rose Thorn student newspaper, Yoga Club, Swing Dance Club and Theta Xi fraternity, and has showcased his acoustic guitar playing skills in the annual Engineers in Concert.

Learn more about Dr. Adams at his website http://www.rose-hulman.edu/~adams1/.

Teaching Interests

  • Heat transfer
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Energy systems
  • Solid mechanics
  • Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)

Research Experiences

  • Scholarship of generalization
  • Microfluidics
  • MEMS
  • Turbulent convection in microchannels
  • Two-phase flow

Select Publications & Presentations

  • Adams, T. M., “On the Scholarship of Generalization” (Keynote Address), Third International Conference on Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow, Budapest, Hungary, 2016
  • Adams, T. M., “Breve Introducción a Sistemas Micro-Electro-Mecánicos (MEMS)” (Invited Presentation), II Jornada 2014, Superación y trabajo en equipo, P.P. Ingeniería Mecánica, Mecánica Eléctrica y Mecatrónica, Universidad Católica Santa María, Arequipa, Perú, 2014
  • Adams, T. M., “Why Engineering Is Like Playing the Doors on Solo Ukulele,” TEDx RoseHulman, Terre Haute, 2013
  • Adams, T., Grant, C. and Watson, H., "A Simple Algorithm to Relate Measured Surface Roughness to Equivalent Sand-grain Roughness," International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, Vol. 1 (1), 66-71, 2012
  • Adams, T. M., “Formative Classroom Assessment Techniques,” Five Years of Learning Together, Center for Practice and Scholarship of Education Teaching Workshop, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2011
  • Adams, T. M. and Layton, R. A., Introductory MEMS: Fabrication and Applications. Springer, 2010
  • Adams, T. and White, A., "Macroscopic Conservation Equation Based Model for Surface Tension Driven Flow," Proceedings of 7th Annual International Conference on Advances in Fluid Mechanics, The New Forest, United Kingdom, 2008
  • Adams, T. M., Kirkpatrick, S. R., Wang, Z. and Siahmakoun, A., “NiTi Shape Memory Alloy Thin Films Deposited by Co-evaporation,” Materials Letters, Vol. 59 (10), 1,161-1,164, 2005
  • Adams, T. M., Ghiaasiaan, S. M. and Abdel-Khalik, S. I., "Enhancement of Liquid Forced Convection Heat Transfer in Microchannels Due to the Desorption of Dissolved Noncondensables," International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 42, 3,563-3,573, 1999
  • Adams, T. M., Abdel-Khalik, S. I., Jeter and Qureshi, Z. H.,"An Experimental Investigation of Single-Phase Forced Convection in Microchannels," International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 41, 851-857, 1998

Awards & Honors

  • Dean's Outstanding Teacher, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2005
  • Best Paper, Second International Conference on Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow, 2015
  • Best Paper, American Society for Engineering Education's Conference, 2004
  • Best Paper Award, National Heat Transfer Conference, 1999

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1998
  • MS, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1991
  • BS, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 1990