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About Theodore J. Heindel

Ted Heindel is currently the Bergles Professor of Thermal Science in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University; he also holds a courtesy professor appointment in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He directs the Experimental Multiphase Flow Laboratory at ISU, which houses a unique instrument for performing X-ray visualization studies of large-scale complex fluid flows. His research currently focuses on multiphase flow hydrodynamics (e.g., mixing in gas-liquid, gas-solid, and gas-liquid-solid flows), multiphase flow visualization and characterization using X-ray imaging technology, and particle-particle mixing. This work has applications in petroleum-based and bio-based chemical and fuel processing, energy generation, food processing, agricultural waste management, pulp and paper processing, mineral processing, and wastewater treatment. Dr. Heindel’s research program has been funded by over 45 projects supported through the NSF, USDA, DOE, the State of Iowa, and industrial partners. He has co-authored one book and published over 70 peer-reviewed journal papers and over 200 conference papers, abstracts, and technical reports.


Present Bergles Professor of Thermal Science, Iowa State University Department of Mechanical Engineering
Present Courtesy Professor Appointment, Iowa State University Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering


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Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, ASME, 2011
  • ISU Emerging Leaders Academy, 2009 cohort (initial cohort of this program)
  • ISU ME Professor of the Year, 2006 , 2009 (tied)
  • ISU College of Engineering Superior Engineering Teacher of the Year Award, 2006 .
  • Iowa State University Miller Faculty Fellow, AY03/04
  • Recognized by the ISU Engineering Student Council with a Leadership Award – Spring 2002, Spring 2005.
  • Nominated for the VEISHEA Outstanding Faculty Member Award at IS U – 2001 , 2007
  • Nominated for the Institute of Paper Science and Technology Teacher of the Year Award – 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
  • Institute of Paper Science and Technology President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching – 1997
  • Institute of Paper Science and Te chnology Teacher of the Year Award – 1997
  • Georgia Tech Teaching Fellow, Winter 1996 Class


  • ME 332 – Thermodynamics II
  • ME 370 – Engineering Measurements and Instrumentation ; S0
  • ME 436 – Heat Transfer
  • ME 531 – Advanced Energy Systems and Analysis
  • ME 536 – Advanced Heat Transfer
  • ME 538 – Advanced Fluid Flow

Contact Information

2018 Black Engr
2529 Union Dr
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-0057
Fax: 515-294-3261


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