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Marc Hodes

Mechanical Engineering

Marc Hodes

Marc Hodes

Mechanical Engineering

Phone 617-627-2488
Robinson Hall, Room 174
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
heat transfer, apparent slip, thermal management of electronics, mass transfer in supercritical fluids and thermoelectricity, material science

Marc Hodes earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from, respectively, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Minnesota, and MIT. He spent 10 years at Bell Labs Research and has spent extended periods at the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST), the University of Limerick, and Imperial College London. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University in 2008.

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 1998
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1994
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1990
Professional Experience: 

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

  • 2018-present: Professor
  • 2008-2018: Associate Professor

Bell Labs

  • 2006-2008: Manager, Bell Labs Ireland
  • 2000-2006: Member of Technical Staff, Bell Labs
  • 1998-2000: Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff, Bell Labs

Visiting Scientist and NIST/NSF Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Research Interests: 

Marc Hodes' research interests are in transport phenomena and, over the course of his career, four thematic areas have been addressed: 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. His current research lies 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 as 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.

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: 
2004-present: Curriculum Examiner, Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Limerick
2012-2014: Consultant, Altera Inc.
2010-present: Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology