Richard T. Lahey Jr.

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering

Professor Lahey is an international authority in multiphase flow and heat transfer technology and was formerly Director of the Center for Multiphase Research (CMR) at Rensselaer. He was previously Dean of Engineering at RPI and has served as Chairman of the Faculty & Science Senate. Prior to joining Rensselaer in 1975 as Chairman of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, he held several technical and managerial positions with the General Electric Company, including overall responsibility for all domestic and foreign R&D programs associated with nuclear reactor thermal-hydraulic and safety technology.

Education

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering (Stanford University, 1971

Research Focus
  • Multiphase Flow and Boiling Heat Transfer
  • Reactor Safety Analysis
  • Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics
  • Applications of Chaos Theory
  • Sonofusion Technology
Select Works
  • Sonofusion - Fact or Fiction (2005)
  • BUBBLE FUSION-HYDRO CODE ANALYSIS (2003)
  • COMMENTS ON THE SHAPIRA AND SALTMARSH REPORT (2002)
  • SHAPIRA AND SALTMARSH REPORT (2002)
  • AN ANALYSIS OF TWO-PHASE FLOW AND HEAT TRANSFER USING A MULTIDIMENSIONAL, MULTI-FIELD, TWO-FLUID COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS (CFD) MODEL (2000)