Dr. Brent W. Webb, professor of mechanical engineering at Brigham Young University, has been elected to the Fellow Grade of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
The Fellow Grade is the highest elected grade of membership within ASME, the attainment of which recognizes exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession.
Recognized as an outstanding teacher and researcher, Webb received his bachelor's and master's degrees at BYU and his Ph.D. at Purdue University.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the BYU Alumni Professorship and the Maeser Excellence in Research Award.
Webb has been an associate technical editor of the "ASME Journal of Heat Transfer" and a member of the AIAA National Thermophysics Committee, the TC-21 (Modeling) Committee of the International Congress on Glass and the scientific committee for a number of international symposia.
Webb's research activities have included exploration of high heat flux liquid jet impingement heat transfer, heat transfer in industrial scale furnaces, fluid flow and heat transfer in microchannels and characterization of radiation properties of foams.
In collaboration with other researchers, he developed software for modeling the detailed thermal transport in glass-melting furnaces that is being used in both the U.S. and Japan. His work on new modeling approaches for predicting spectral radiation heat transfer in high-temperature gases is being used worldwide.
Webb is the author/co-author of some 130 publications, has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad and has directed nearly $4 million in research activity.
Writer: Elizabeth B. Jensen