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Marc Hodes
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering


Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering), MIT, 1998
M.S. (Mechanical Engineering), University of Minnesota, 1994
B.S. with high honors (Mechanical Engineering), University of Pittsburgh, 1990

Research Interests

Dr. Hodes' research interests are in transport phenomena and, over the course of his career, four thematic areas have been addressed, i.e., 1) the thermal management of electronics, 2) mass transfer in supercritical fluids, 3) analysis of thermoelectric modules and 4) analysis of convection in the presence of apparent slip. Current research is in three areas. First, analytical solutions for Poiseuille and Nusselt numbers for liquid flows over diabatic structured surfaces that capture the effects of curvature, thermocapillary stress and/or evaporation and condensation at menisci are being developed. Secondly, a series of experiments to measure densities, molecular and Soret diffusion coefficients and mass transfer rates in alcohol-carbon dioxide solutions at supercritical conditions relevant to the drying of aerogels are being conducted. Thirdly, enhanced air-cooled heat sinks are being developed by deriving semi-analytical optimization formula for longitudinal-fin geometry heat sinks that capture the effects of non-uniform heat transfer coefficients. Students conducting research with Professor Hodes enroll in part or all of his 5 course sequence of Fluid Mechanics (undergraduate), Heat Transfer (undergraduate), Thermal Management of Electronics (graduate), Heat Transfer (graduate) and Advanced Transport Phenomena (graduate). Since joining Tufts University in the Fall of 2008 Professor Hodes' research has been supported by the Department of Energy, NSF, DARPA, Science Foundation Ireland, the Wittich Energy Sustainability Research Initiation Fund, Tufts University and domestic and foreign industrial partners.

Professional Positions

2008-present Associate Professor, Tufts University
2006-08 Manager, Bell Labs Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
2000-06 Member of Technical Staff, Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ
1998-00 Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff, Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ
1995-98 Visiting Scientist and NIST/NSF Fellow, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD

Selected Honors and Awards

2014 Best Paper Award. IEEE SEMI-THERM Conference.
2013 Teaching Award of Excellence . Tufts ASME Student Chapter.
2012 Walton Visitor Award. Science Foundation Ireland.

Selected Professional Activities

2014-present Curriculum Examiner, Dept of Mechanical, Aeronautical & Biomedical Eng., University of Limerick.
2012-2014 Consultant, Altera Inc.
2010-present Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology.

Selected Publications

Griffin, J., Mills, D., Cleary, M., Nelson, R., Manno, V., and Hodes, M, 2014, "Continuous Extraction Rate Measurements During Supercritical CO2 Drying of Silica Alcogel," J. Supercritical Fluids, 92, pp. 38-47.

Brownell, E. and Hodes, M., 2014, "Optimal Design of Thermoelectric Generators Embedded in Thermal Resistance Networks," IEEE Trans. on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, 4(4), pp. 612-621.

Lam, L., Melnick, C., Hodes, M., Ziskind, G., and Enright, R., 2014, "Nusselt Numbers for Thermally Developing Couette Flow with Hydrodynamic and Thermal Slip," ASME J. Heat Transfer, 136(5).

Enright, R., Hodes, M., Salamon, T., and Muzychka, Y., 2014, "Isoflux Nusselt Number and Slip Length Formulae for Superhydrophobic Microchannels," ASME J. Heat Transfer, 136(1).

Hodes, M., Zhang, R., Wilcoxon, R., and Lower, N., 2014, "On the Potential of Galinstan-Based Minichannel and Minigap Cooling," IEEE Trans. on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, 4(1), pp. 46-56.