Architectural engineering's Bahnfleth named ASME fellow

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — William P. Bahnfleth, professor and founding director of the Indoor Environment Center for the Department of Architectural Engineering, was recently named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

He was specifically cited for his work in designing, researching and developing chilled water systems and stratified thermal storage systems. He was also lauded for his education and leadership efforts in the engineering profession, including his involvement in the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers. Bahnfleth has been a member of the organization for more than 30 years and will serve as its president in 2013-14.

Bahnfleth's research interests cover a variety of indoor environmental control topics, including chilled water pumping systems, stratified thermal energy storage, protection of building occupants from indoor bioaerosol releases and ultraviolet germicidal irradiation systems.

He has authored and co-authored more than 100 technical papers and 11 books and book chapters. Bahnfleth consults regularly on the design of chilled water thermal energy storage systems and has been involved in more than 20 projects worldwide including Australia and Saudi Arabia.

Prior to being employed at Penn State in 1994, Bahnfleth was a senior consultant for ZBA, Inc. and a principal investigator at the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign, Ill.

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Last Updated January 15, 2013