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April 2018 Tech Seminar

April 04, 2018
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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The Country Club of Sioux Falls
3400 W 22nd St
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Technical Seminar:

Dr. Eckhard A. Groll is the Reilly Professor of Mechanical Engineering and also serves as the Director of the Office of Professional Practice at Purdue University.  He joined Purdue University as an Assistant Professor in 1994 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2000, to Full Professor in 2005, and to the Reilly Professorship in 2013.  He received his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Ruhr in Bochum, Germany, in 1989 and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hannover, Germany, in 1994.  

Professor Groll teaches Thermodynamics and his research focuses on the fundamental thermal sciences as applied to advanced thermal systems, components, and their working fluids.  Since joining Purdue, he has been the principal investigator (PI) or Co-PI on 100 research grants and 46 educational grants with a total budget of approximately $10.3 million.  He has advised 22 doctoral students, 48 master students, 52 undergraduate project students, 67 visiting scholars/visiting research associates, and 9 post-doctoral researchers.  Currently, he advises 8 Ph.D. students, 10 master students, 1 Post-Doc, 3 undergraduate project students and 2 visiting scholars/visiting research associates.  Dr. Groll has authored or co-authored 103 archival journal articles and 176 conference papers.  He has been the co-author of 3 book chapters and the editor or co-editor of 7 conference proceedings.   He holds 4 patents.  He has given 73 invited lectures/invited seminars and 11 keynote lectures.  He serves as the Regional Editor for the Americas for the International Journal of Refrigeration and is a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). 

Professor Groll has been recognized for his academic leadership in higher education.  He is a 2010-2011 Fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE) and 2009-2010 Fellow of the Academic Leadership Program of the Committee on Institutional Collaboration (CIC-ALP).  He has received numerous awards for his research and teaching excellence including the 2010 E. K. Campbell Award from ASHRAE, his induction into the Book of Great Teachers at Purdue University in 2008, and the 2007 Purdue University Faculty Scholar Award.

Technical Seminar Topic:  “Update on Refrigerants: Past, Present and Future”

In recent decades, the refrigeration and air conditioning sciences have been in a state of flux primarily because of the phase-out of ozone-depleting CFC and HCFC refrigerants, and secondarily because of environmental concerns related to the direct global warming impacts of some of the replacement refrigerants.  Due to these concerns, there is significant worldwide interest in using substances that are naturally occurring in the biosphere as refrigerants, which are considered benign to the environment and are termed “natural working fluids”.  Surprisingly, many of these substances were already used as refrigerants at the dawn of the refrigeration technology in the late 1800’s

CE Hours will be offered for this Seminar.


$50.00 CE Credit Seminar Fee

$25.00 Non CE Credit Seminar Fee