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Upcoming Dineen Lecture looks at the wonder of scientific simulation

Author: Communications

Posted on Mar 22, 2010


This year’s University of New Brunswick Dineen Lecture will feature a lecture by Suhas Patankar.

Dr. Patankar’s lecture is entitled Wonder of Scientific Simulation. He will speak on both the Fredericton and Saint John campuses. The UNB Fredericton lecture will take place on Thursday, March 25, at 8 p.m. in the Dineen Auditorium, Head Hall. The UNB Saint John talk will be held on Friday, March 26, at 2:30 p.m. in Hazen Hall Lecture Theatre. The talks are free and open to the public.

In this lecture, Dr. Patankar will discuss, at a non-expert level, the physical processes of heat transfer and fluid flow. He will also give a brief history of scientific simulation, describe its benefits, and give some comparisons of simulated results with actual measurements. As a very specific example of the power of simulation, the topic of airflow and cooling in a data center will be presented.

Dr. Patankar will also deliver a technical lecture on airflow and cooling in a data centre on Thursday, March 25, 2:30 p.m. in Room GC-122, Gillin Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Dr. Patankar is a Professor Emeritus of mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota and is president of Innovative Research, Inc. His research activities include the development of computational techniques for fluid flow and heat transfer and their application to industrial problems. He is considered to be one of the pioneers in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and has authored or co-authored four books on the subject, published over 150 papers, advised 35 completed PhD theses, and lectured extensively in the USA and abroad.

He is the 2008 recipient of the Max Jacob Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, which is the most prestigious award in the world for Heat Transfer.

For more information, contact Susan Perrott at or (506) 453-4513.


Natalie Montgomery, Communication Officer (506) 453-4990