After receiving her B.S. degree in Physics, Deborah Kaminski spent 5 years at the General Electric Research and Development Center in Schenectady, New York. Her work focused on heat transfer in electrical machinery, including motors, transformers, batteries, and generators. She then returned to Rensselaer for doctoral research on computational fluid dynamics in free convection. After receiving her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, she joined the Rensselaer faculty in 1985, and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1991.
Richard Smith received a B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and the M.S. and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Prof. Smith has had a wide variety of experiences in many elements of engineering education, including research, teaching, curriculum development and academic administration during his 34 year professional career, most of which has been spent at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a faculty member in the (now named) Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering. His research and teaching expertise has been in heat transfer and thermal-fluid sciences, with research applications in manufacturing and materials processing, especially solidification processing, as well as energy utilization and conversion, and his activities have been centered in the Heat Transfer Division of ASME.
In 2004, he completed a 3-year appointment as Program Director for the Thermal Transport Program in the Chemical and Transport System