Dr. Jorge Alvarado is a professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University (TAMU). He holds a joint-appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at TAMU. He teaches courses in the areas of thermal sciences, fluid mechanics, and fluid power. Dr. Alvarado's research interests are in the areas of nanotechnology, micro-scale heat transfer, electronic cooling, phase change materials, thermal storage, bio-fuel combustion, and energy conservation and use of renewable energy in buildings. He received his BS degree in mechanical engineering (1991) from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayag?ez; MS (2000) and PhD (2004) degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He has worked and collaborated with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the University of Wisconsin at Madison and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, among others. Recent work involves enhanced condensation using hybrid surfaces with hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties, characterization of microencapsulated phase change material slurry and nanoparticles as heat transfer fluids, as well as the study of spray and droplet impingement cooling using nanostructured surfaces. He and his research team have also characterized experimentally the flow behavior and heat transfer performance of a heat exchanger consisting of vortex generators.