Deborah A. Kaminski

Professor Emerita, Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering

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.


Ph.D. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research Focus
  • Heat Transfer
  • Computational Fluidmechanics
  • Thermal Radiation
Select Works
  • Application of Inverse Method to Determine Heat Transfer Coefficient for Post-Extrusion Spray Quenching of Aluminum Alloys (2001)
  • Automatic Convergence in a Computational Fluid Dynamic Algorithm Using Neural Networks (2000)
  • Development of an Integrated Thermal-Fluids Curriculum (2000)
  • A Residual-Based Fuzzy Logic Algorithm for Control of Convergence in a Computational Fluid Dynamic Simulation (1999)
  • Control of Convergence in Convective Flow Simulations Using a Fuzzy Rule Set that Stabilizes Iterative Oscillations (1999)
  • Cross-Flow Convective Cooling of an Optical Fiber Exiting a Draw Furnace (1999)
  • Towards an Integrated Thermal/Fluids Curriculum (1998)
  • Control of Convergence of a Computational Fluid Dynamic Algorithm Using Fuzzy Logic (1998)