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Ted Heindel

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Title & Affiliation
Iowa State University Department of Mechanical Engineering and Iowa NSF EPSCoR

Ted Heindel is the Bergles Professor of Thermal Science in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University, and holds a courtesy professor appointment in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He directs the Experimental Multiphase Flow Laboratory at ISU, which houses a unique instrument for performing X-ray visualization studies of large-scale complex fluid flows. His research focuses on multiphase flow hydrodynamics (e.g., mixing in gas-liquid, gas-solid, and gas-liquid-solid flows), multiphase flow visualization and characterization using X-ray imaging technology, and particle-particle mixing. This work has applications in petroleum-based and bio-based chemical and fuel processing, energy generation, food processing, agricultural waste management, pulp and paper processing, mineral processing, and wastewater treatment. Dr. Heindel’s research program has been funded by over 45 projects supported through the NSF, USDA, DOE, the State of Iowa, and industrial partners. He has co-authored one book and published over 70 peer-reviewed journal papers and over 200 conference papers, abstracts, and technical reports.

Dr. Heindel is also the project director for the Iowa NSF EPSCoR project “Harnessing Energy Flows in the Biosphere to Build Sustainable Energy Systems.” This $20M, five-year project involves all three Iowa Regent institutions and has activities throughout the state of Iowa. He is also the Energy Utilization Platform leader in the Iowa NSF EPSCoR project; this platform focuses on building systems and community intervention and education to enhance energy utilization. 


Dr. Heindel is a past holder of the William and Virginia Binger Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at ISU. He was an assistant professor of engineering at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology (IPST) prior to joining Iowa State University. IPST was a private graduate school supported by the paper industry and located on the Georgia Tech Campus; it officially merged with Georgia Tech in 2003. Dr. Heindel received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University, all in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in the thermal sciences.