College of Engineering
The goal of Timothy Shedd's research is to improve the efficiency of thermal energy systems through both very applied research and very fundamental research. Applied research projects include creating numerical models of engines and other thermal systems and using these models to predict where improvements can be made to increase energy efficiency. Researchers also build and test prototypes ranging from operating small engines to solar collectors to high performance engine and electronics cooling systems. Shedd and his staff focus on understanding the behaviors of evaporation, condensation, liquid drop formation and gas bubble formation to enable better, more efficient designs of refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, power plants, internal and external combustion engines, jet engines, computer cooling systems, and many other important applications that depend on high performance fluid and energy transport.