Phelan, Patrick
Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Phone: (480) 965-1625
Office: ERC 463


Patrick ‘Pat’ Phelan is Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering in the Schools for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE) at the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. He received a B.S. from Tulane University (1985), M.S from MIT (1987) and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley (1990). He has held positions as a Summer Faculty Research Participant at Argonne National Laboratory, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hawaii, Motorola-ASU Summer Faculty Fellow, ASME Chair of the K-18 Committee on Low-Temperature Heat Transfer, ASME Chair of the K-5 Committee on Long Range Directions and Issues in Heat Transfer, Director of the NSF Thermal Transport Processes Program (2006 – 2008), and is currently with the Department of Energy, where he is the Manager of the Emerging Technologies Program in the Building Technologies Office. He is also the recipient of several honors and awards including the NSF CAREER Award, and together with his co-authors he received a Best Paper Award for the Heating and Cooling Applications and Analysis Track at the 2007 Energy Sustainability Conference, ASME Solar Energy Division. Some of Professor Phelan’s professional activities include:

  • Founding Director of the ASU Professional Science Master’s in Solar Energy Engineering & Commercialization
  • Associate Director of the ASU National Center of Excellence on SMART Innovations for Urban Climate + Energy, where SMART = Sustainable Materials And Renewable Technologies
  • Senior Sustainability Scientist at the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer

Professor Phelan’s research interests are in the thermal sciences, including nanoscale transport processes; sustainable energy systems, particularly solar thermal energy and other sustainable energy systems; sustainable cooling systems; nanoscale thermal transport processes; waste heat energy conversion; and energy policy. His teaching interests are focused on solar thermal engineering, heat & mass transfer, and thermodynamics.


B.S., Tulane University (1985)
M.S, MIT (1987)
Ph.D., UC Berkeley (1990)

Research Interests

Sustainable cooling systems, thermal energy utilization & management, buildings of the future, smart manufacturing, and energy policy.

Graduate Faculties

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Sustainability
  • Construction Management

Honors and Awards

  • NSF CAREER Award
  • Best Paper Award, Heating & Cooling Applications & Analysis Track – ASME Solar Energy Division
  • 2010 Top 5% of the best teachers in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
  • 2011 ASU Professor of the Year Nominee