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Celebrating National Thermal Engineer Day
July 18, 2019

In celebration of National Thermal Engineer Day on July 24th, the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, an American not-for-profit organization which recognizes individual engineers and inventors who hold a U.S. patent of highly significant technology, has highlighted a few Historical Inductees who have made significant contributions to the field of thermal engineering:

• Rudolf Diesel was a thermal engineer throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries whose development of the internal combustion engine enabled independent craftsmen and artisans to better compete with large industries who utilized the expensive and oversized steam engine.
• Ronald M. Lewis is co-inventor of the ceramic substrate found in catalytic converters, the device used on cars to reduce pollutants into harmless byproducts. A unique quality of the ceramic is its very low thermal expansion, making it extremely resistant to thermal shock, a necessary requirement for durability.
• Mildred Dresselhaus was a physicist and electrical engineer who demonstrated that it is possible to use nanostructures to separately adjust electrical and thermal conductivity. This concept was used by her to show how thermoelectric materials could be reconfigured to new classes of nanoscale energy-generating devices based on conversion of waste heat to electricity.

Additionally, the National Inventors Hall of Fame® has announced the 2019 Living Inductees:

• Chieko Asakawa: Invented the Home Page Reader (HPR), the first practical voice browser to provide effective Internet access for blind and visually impaired computer users.
• Jeff Kodosky: Co-developer of Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Engineering Workbench (LabVIEW), a graphical programming language that enables user-defined testing, measurement and control systems.
• James Truchard: Co-developer of Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Engineering Workbench (LabVIEW), a graphical programming language that enables user-defined testing, measurement and control systems.
• Rebecca Richards-Kortum: Inventor of low-cost, high-performance medical devices for use in poor communities where standard medical equipment is not available.
• Edmund O. Schweitzer III: Brought the first microprocessor-based digital protective relay to market, revolutionizing the performance of electric power systems with computer-based protection and control equipment, and making a major impact in the electric power utility industry.
• Ken Thompson: Co-developer of UNIX, a multi-tasking, multi-user operating system alternative to the batch processing systems then dominating the computer industry.
• David Walt: Created microwell arrays that could analyze thousands of genes simultaneously, revolutionizing the field of genetic analysis.
• William J. Warner: Inventor of the Avid Media Composer®, a digital, nonlinear editor which took over the industry for both video and film with its graphical interface.


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