Jorge Alvarado

Professor, Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution

Jorge Alvarado

Office: THOM 117E
Phone: 979.458.1900

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Research Interests

  • Experimental and Computational Convective Heat Transfer
  • Electronic Cooling
  • Energy Management and Conservation in Buildings
  • Renewable Energy with emphasis on wind energy and solar thermal applications
  • Alternative Energy Fuels


  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, December 2004
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, January 2000
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, June 1991

Selected Publications

Tumuluri, K., J. L. Alvarado, H. Taherian, C. Marsh (2011) “Thermal performance of a novel heat transfer fluid containing multiwalled carbon nanotubes and microencapsulated phase change materials,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, In press.

Trujillo, M.F., J. Alvarado, E. Gehring, and G.S. Soriano (2011) “Numerical Simulations and Experimental Characterization of Heat Transfer from a Periodic Impingement of Droplets” Journal of Heat Transfer (accepted).

Taherian, H., J. L. Alvarado, “System Analysis of MPCM Slurry Enhanced with Carbon Nanotubes as Heat Transfer Fluid,” ASHRAE Transactions, Vol. 116, Part 2, 2010. Gehring, E., Soriano, G., J. Alvarado, M. Trujillo,"Film dynamics relevant to spray cooling," Heat Transfer 2010, WIT Press.

Ravi, Gurunarayana (Master Student), J.L. Alvarado, Charles Marsh, David A. Kessler, “Laminar flow forced convection heat transfer behavior of a phase change material fluid in finned tubes,” Numerical Heat Transfer Part A, Part A, 55: 721–738, 2009.

Buongiorno, J., many authors including J. Alvarado, “A Benchmark Study on the Thermal Conductivity of Nanofluids,” Journal of Applied Physics, 106 (2009), 094312.

Alvarado, J. L., W. Terrell, Jr., M. D. Johnson, “Passive cooling systems for cement-based roofs,” Buildings and Environment, 44 (2009) 1869-1875.

Alvarado, J., J. Mireles, G. Soriano, “Development and Characterization of a Capacitance-Based Micro-Scale Flow Meter,” Journal of Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, 20 (2009) 81-84.

Paritosh Garg, Jorge L. Alvarado, Charles Marsh, Thomas A. Carlson, David A. Kessler, Kalyan Annamalai, “An experimental study on the effect of ultrasonication on viscosity and heat transfer performance of multi-wall carbon nanotube-based aqueous nanofluids,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 52 (2009) 5090-5101.

Franks, R., S. Morefield, S., J. Wen, J., D. Liao, J. Alvarado, M. Strano, C. Marsh, “A Study of Nanomaterial Dispersion in Solution by Wet-Cell Transmission Electron Microscopy,” Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 8 (1-4) (2008).

Alvarado, J. L., E. Martinez, “Passive Cooling of Concrete Roofs in Tropical Climates,” Energy and Buildings, 40 (2008) 358-364.