• Professor
  • Phone: 979.458.2264
  • FAX: 979.845.3081
  • Email: mpate@tamu.edu
  • Office: MEOB 317
Michael Pate

Educational Background

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

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

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.