Michael Pate


Michael Pate

Office: MEOB 317
Phone: 979.458.2264
Fax: 979.845.3081
Email: mpate@tamu.edu

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Research Interests

My areas of energy expertise are broad and I am open to pursuing research in new energy areas, however, my research experiences to date have focused on:

• alternative energy — photovoltaics, passive and active solar, wind systems, geothermal, biomass, nuclear energy
• energy conservation and efficiency — HVAC systems and components, compressed air systems, industrial processes, instrumentation
• green building technology and sustainability — building envelopes, net-zero energy buildings, building energy computer models
• heat transfer and heat exchangers — nanoparticle refrigerant mixtures, capillary-tube two-phase flow, enhanced tubes and heat transfer, evaporators and condensers
• thermal processes and refrigeration properties — transport properties, thermal properties, solubility/viscosity of refrigerant/oil mixtures

Awards & Honors

  • ME Professor of the Year Award, ISU, 2007
  • ISU’s Louis Thompson Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (Highest teaching award offered at ISU), University, 2006
  • Superior Engineering College Teacher Award, ISU, 2005
  • Engineer's Week Outstanding Professor Award, ISU, 2004
  • Outstanding Professor Award, Engineering Leadership Council 2004


  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1982
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Arkansas, 1978
  • B.S. Naval Engineering, United States Naval Academy, 1970

Selected Publications

Yin, P., M. B. Pate, and J. F. Sweeney, “Experimental performance evaluations and empirical model developments of residential furnace blowers with PSC and ECM motors”, Journal of Building Engineering, Vol. 5, pp. 239-248, 2016.

Wheeler, G. and M. B. Pate, “An Alternative Method for Measuring AHU Static Pressure Following ASHRAE Standard 37: Scenario 1- Horizontal Ducts and Elbows (RP-1581)”, Science and Technology for the Built Environment, Vol. 22(4), pp. 385-397, 2016.

Choi, W., R. D. Warren, and M. B. Pate, "An Experimental Performance Analysis of a Cold Region Stationary Photovoltaic System", Journal of Advances in Energy Research, Vol. 4(1), pp. 1-28, 2016.

Choi, W., M. B. Pate, and J. F. Sweeney. “Study of Bathroom Ventilation Fan Performance Trends for Years 2005 to 2013—Data Analysis of Loudness and Efficacy”, Energy and Buildings, Vol. 116, pp. 468-477, 2016.

Yin, P., M.B. Pate, “Impact of Duct Flow Resistance on Residential Heating and Cooling Energy Use in Systems with PSC and ECM Blowers”, Energy and Building, Vol. 130, pp. 625-636, 2016.