20th Brazilian Congress of Thermal Sciences and Engineering

Adrian Bejan

Duke University

Professor Adrian Bejan is an internationally celebrated academic who received many prestigious international awards, e.g., the Benjamin Franklin Medal 2018 and the Humboldt Research Award 2019. All his degrees are from MIT. His research covers engineering science and applied physics: thermodynamics, heat transfer, convection, and evolution of design in nature. He is ranked among the top 0.01% of the most cited and impactful world scientists (and top 10 in Engineering world wide). He is the author of 30 books and 700 peer-referred articles. His h-index is 110 with 92,000 citations on Google Scholar. He received 18 honorary doctorates from universities in 11 countries. Professor Bejan has had an indelible impact across multiple academic fields due to his clarifying ideas on a wide range of topics: life and evolution as physics, design in nature, constructal law, entropy generation minimization, scale analysis, heatlines, and many more.

John Lienhard


John H. Lienhard V is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor and the founding Director of the Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) at MIT. During more than three decades on the MIT faculty, Lienhard’s research has focused on heat and mass transfer, water purification and desalination, and thermodynamics. Lienhard received his bachelors and masters degrees in thermal engineering at UCLA and his PhD in fluid dynamics at UC San Diego. Lienhard’s research on water purification has encompassing fundamental thermodynamics and transport phenomena, electrochemical and membrane separations, solvent extraction, critical materials recovery, and system design. Lienhard has supervised more than 100 graduate theses and postdoctoral associates, and he is theauthor of more than 300 peer-reviewed publications. He has received more than 40 US patents, most commercialized through start-up companies. Lienhard is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and of the American Society of Thermal and Fluid Engineers (ASTFE). He is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts and Vermont. Lienhard has received several research awards, including the 2012 ASME Technical Communities Globalization Medal, the 2015 ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, the 2019 ASME Edward F. Obert Award, and the 2021 AIChE/ASME Donald Q. Kern Award. Lienhard has published textbooks on heat transfer, on measurement and instrumentation, and on thermal modeling. As Director of J-WAFS, Lienhard has sponsored millions of dollars of research on food and water supply for a growing population on a rapidly warming planet.

Marcio da Silveira Carvalho


Prof. Marcio Carvalho received a B.Sc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Military Institute of Engineering (IME) in 1989, M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) in 1991 and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, in 1995. He worked as Senior Process Development Engineer at 3M Company and Imation Corporation (in USA) in the areas of pre-metered coating and drying technologies. In 1998, he moved back to Brazil, where he is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at PUC-Rio. He is also a member of the Graduate Faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science at the University of Minnesota since 2007. His research is focused on several aspects of capillary hydrodynamics, including coating process, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics in micro scale flows, microencapsulation, flow of complex fluids in porous media with applications in enhanced oil recovery and CO2 underground storage. Prof. Carvalho received the Young Investigator Award (2004) and the Talmadge Award (2020), both from the International Society for Coating Science and Technology (ISCST) and the ANP Technical Innovation Award in 2018. He is a level 1-A Researcher from the Brazilian Research Council (CNPq) and has published more than 130 papers in scientific journals, advised 14 postdoctoral fellows, 24 PhD thesis and 49 MSc thesis. He consults for different companies, mainly in the US and Asia in the area of coating processes. In the past few years, his research group has been mostly funded by the Brazilian Research Council (CNPq), Coordination of Superior Level Staff Improvement (CAPES), Carlos Chagas Filho Research Support Foundation (FAPERJ) and different companies from Brazil, USA and Asia, including Petrobras, Equinor, Repsol-Sinopec, Shell, 3M, Saint-Gobain, Dow, Samsung and Fuji Film.

Martin Sommerfeld



Matteo Bucci

Matteo Bucci joined the NSE faculty as an associate professor in the fall of 2016. He received his MSc (2005) and PhD (2009) in Nuclear Engineering from University of Pisa, Italy. His research is focused in three main areas: diagnostics for advanced heat transfer investigations, heat transfer nanoengineering innovations to improve the safety and economic competitiveness of nuclear reactors, and integration of advanced diagnostics, simulations and machine learning tools to monitor the health of nuclear
systems. Bucci is also a member of the Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES), one of the MIT’s eight Low-Carbon Energy Centers.

Michael Modest

Dr. Modest received his Dipl.-Ing. degree from the Technical University in Munich (1968), and in 1972 obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. For several years he taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Southern California, followed by 23 years a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, from which he retired in 2009 with the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He then served as Shaffer and George Professor of Engineering at the University of California, Merced, from which he retired in 2018 as Distinguished Professor Emeritus. During his career Dr. Modest has made many seminal contributions in all areas of radiative heat transfer, as well as in the field of laser processing of materials. He is perhaps best known for his work on thermal radiation in combustion systems, and is the author of “Radiative Heat Transfer” (presently in its 4th ed). He has over 370 refereed publications, including 2 books, 10 book chapters. He is an ASME Honorary Member and was recipient of many national and international honors, including the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, the AIAA Thermophysics Award, the Intersocietal Max Jakob Memorial Award, the German Humboldt Research Award, and the Elsevier Poynting Award.

Renato Machado Cotta


Prof. Renato M. Cotta was born in Niterói, Brazil, on March 5th, 1960. He obtained his B.Sc. in Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ, Brazil, in 1981, and his PhD in Mechanical & Aerospace Eng. from North Carolina State Univ., NCSU, USA, in 1985. He became Assistant Professor at the Aeronautics Technological Institute, ITA, Brazil, 1985-1987, then Associate Prof., at UFRJ, in 1987, and Professor, at COPPE-UFRJ in 1994, and at POLI-UFRJ in 1997, until the present. Author of more than 600 articles, 10 books, and supervisor of 49 MSc, 39 PhD, and 18 PosDocs. He is member of 15 Editorial Boards, including Int. J. Heat & Mass Transfer, Int. Comm. Heat & Mass Transfer, Int. J. Thermal Sciences, and Editor of the Annals of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. Served as President of the Brazilian Association of Mechanical Sciences & Engineering, ABCM, from 2000-2001, as member of the Scientific Council, International Centre for Heat & Mass Transfer, ICHMT, since 1993, of the Executive Comm. (EC) of ICHMT, 2006-2022, ICHMT EC Chairman, 2017-2018, and Congress Comm., Int. Union of Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, IUTAM, 2012-2018. Served as Executive Director for the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, 2012-2015. He received the ICHMT Hartnett-Irvine Award, in 2009 and 2015, the ICHMT Fellowship Award, 2019, the National Order of Scientific Merit, Brazil, in 2009 (Comendador) and 2018 (Grã-Cruz), and the National Order of Naval Merit, Brazil, 2018. In 2023, he was awarded the prestigious Luikov Medal
of the ICHMT, 2022 edition. Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, since 2009, National Engineering Academy, since 2011, and The World Academy of Sciences, TWAS, since 2012. Holds the Doctor Honoris Causa title from Université de Reims, URCA, France, since 2018. President of the National Commission of Nuclear Energy, CNEN, both regulatory body and science promoter in nuclear energy in Brazil, 2015-2017. Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami, 1993-2005, and Leverhulme Trust Visiting Prof. at the University College London, UCL, UK. Member of the National Council of Energy Policy, CNPE, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Brazil, 2020-2022. Member of the Technical Working Group (TWG) in Nuclear Desalination, IAEA, 2021-2024. From its creation in 2023, has been a member of the Scientific and Technological Council of the Amazul S.A. State Company. Since 2017, is commissioned as Senior Technical Consultant (Amazul Defense Tecnologies) for the General Director of Nuclear and Technological Development, in the Brazilian Navy.