by Jane Stoyle Welch
Published April 22, 2019
Francine Battaglia, a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers (ASTFE).
Battaglia was recognized for her “fundamental contributions to the science and technology of building energy utilization and renewable/alternative energy, and turbulent multiphase and reacting flows; exemplary contributions in research, education and service to the thermal and fluids engineering fields; and through distinguished leadership within ASTFE and ASME.”
“This prestigious recognition of Francine's sustained impact is extremely well-deserved. Her acclaimed leadership in thermal and fluids engineering at the national and international levels is something to be celebrated and I am thrilled that ASTFE has recognized her contributions with this distinction,” said Kemper Lewis, Moog Professor of Innovation and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Battaglia joined the University at Buffalo in 2017 after working 10 years at Virginia Tech and eight years at Iowa State University. Prior to her career in academia, she received a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship to work at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the Building and Fire Research Laboratory. She was elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2009.
At UB, Battaglia is the director of the Computational Research for Energy Systems and Transport Laboratory (CREST), which works on problems in the fluid-thermal sciences using computational fluid dynamics and developing computational models that best predict complex flows to explore issues related to the fluids and heat transfer.
Current research interests include building energy and natural ventilation, multiphase flows with applications in gasification and chemical vapor deposition, reacting flows, fire and combustion.
Battaglia received her PhD from Pennsylvania State University in 1997.