Richard A. Wirtz
Mechanical Engineering Department
Telephone: (775) 784-6714
FAX: (775) 784-1701
R.A. Wirtz is a
University Foundation Professor of Mechanical Engineering Emeritus at the University of
Nevada, Reno. He received his
He has over thirty-eight years experience in heat transfer research and development: forced and natural convection processes, thermal control in electronic packaging, heat transfer augmentation, porous media heat transfer, phase change heat transfer and, nuclear waste storage and transportation. He is experienced with infrared imagery, laser velocimetry, Mach-Zehnder and holographic interferometry, image analysis and all aspects of thermometry and heat flux measurements.
The Department of Energy, Gas Research Institute, IBM Corporation, INTEL Corporation, The Missile Defense Agency, NASA, The Office of Naval Research, The National Science Foundation, and a number of small businesses have supported his University research. He is the editor of three volumes and author of two handbook chapters on thermal control in electronics; he owns a patent on nuclear waste disposal; and, he has approximately 80 peer reviewed technical publications.