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El-Genk gets faculty's highest honor

Regents professor to deliver Annual Research Lecture

Staff Report

Mohamed S. El-Genk, a Regents' chemical and nuclear engineering professor, today will deliver the University's 46th Annual Research Lecture, the highest honor UNM bestows on its faculty.

El-Genk, the founding director of the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies, will discuss "Space Exploration: A Journey into the Future," at 7:30 p.m. in the UNM Continuing Education Auditorium, 1634 University Blvd. N.E.

Dr. John K. McIver, interim vice provost for research, announced El-Genk's selection. In a news release McIver said El-Genk is a creative and prolific researcher and his research has been outstanding in terms of quantity, quality and impact.

El-Genk, who holds three U.S. patents, has published more than 185 referred articles in journals and more than 230 papers in conference proceedings and edited a book on space nuclear power and propulsion.

He is also responsible for more than 50 volumes containing more than 4,000 articles in the fields of heat transfer, boiling, interfacial phenomena, space nuclear power and propulsion, space exploration and related areas. In 1984, he established the UNM Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies and has served as its director since its inception.

"He has been successful in integrating his research accomplishments into his teaching, and maximized the benefits to his students," McIver said in a press release.

El-Genk has supervised 22 master's theses and 21 doctoral dissertations since joining the UNM faculty in 1981. He has been elected fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Nuclear Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

"This unique distinction represents three engineering disciplines and is an unusual achievement and testimony to the breadth of his research," McIver said.

El-Genk is also an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He also is a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, editor of the International Journal of Energy Conversion and Management and active in several other professional organizations, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Education and the American Chemical Society.

He was the 1987 recipient of the American Nuclear Society Distinguished Faculty Member Honor and is the 2000 recipient of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Heat Transfer and Energy Conversion Division Award.

At UNM, El-Genk was named a Regents' professor in 1996 and, in 1984-85, he received the UNM Presidential Lectureship Award. In 1987-88, he was named the recipient of the Graduate Students' Outstanding Teacher Award in the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department. In 1988, El-Genk received the School of Engineering Research Excellence Award and is the 1989 recipient of the School's Teaching Excellence Award.

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In 1996, he won the Student's Faculty Recognition Award. He is also the recipient of other certificates, awards and honors.

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