J. Richard (Rick) Culham

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Professor Special Advisor to the Dean Faculty of Engineering Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Waterloo, Ontario rix@uwaterloo.ca Office: (519) 888-4567 ext. 84586

Bio/Research

J. Richard (Rick) Culham is the Special Advisor to the Dean for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Prior to assuming this role, he was the Interim Dean of Engineering (January 1, 2020 - July 1, 2020), and prior to that, the Vice-Dean of Engineering. He is a professor in the...

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Bio/Research

J. Richard (Rick) Culham is the Special Advisor to the Dean for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Prior to assuming this role, he was the Interim Dean of Engineering (January 1, 2020 - July 1, 2020), and prior to that, the Vice-Dean of Engineering. He is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

Prof. Culham is a founding member of the Microelectronics Heat Transfer Laboratory (MHTL), a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO).

As Director of the MHTL, Prof. Culham’s research interests involve the modelling and characterization of contacting interfaces and thermal interface materials. His group specializes in the development of analytical and empirical models at the micro- and nano-scales for natural and forced convection cooling, optimization of electronics systems using entropy generation minimization and the characterization of thermophysical properties in electronic and opto-electronic materials.

Prof. Culham has many years of experience in modelling and the development of thermoelectric devices. His expertise is related to the thermal management of integrated nano-devices and thermal/electric energy conversion, as well as the modelling and characterization of nano-fluids for heat transport in micro-scale heat exchangers.

Prof. Culham has more than 150 publications in refereed journals and conferences in addition to numerous technical reports related to microelectronics cooling.


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