Sunrise Session

J. Clair Batty

Thermal Management Innovations from Space Applied to Utah Business

USU has designed, built, and flown more experiments in space than any other university in the world. Because of the decades-long legacy established by USU’s Space Dynamics Laboratory, NASA and Dept. of Defense officials have often referred to USU as Utah SPACE University. The unique USU/SDL space heritage includes a long series of next-generation, one-of-a kind cryogenically-cooled infrared space telescopes in which precise temperature control is critical. Dr. Batty will describe the genesis of revolutionary thermal management technologies developed for USU’s space programs and exciting applications in more down-to-earth, but potentially much larger, commercial markets, including electronics and computer cooling.

J. Clair Batty

Director of the Utah Center of Excellence for Thermal Management Technologies

(435) 797-4371

Dr. J. Clair Batty received the Doctor of Science degree from MIT in 1969 and has since supervised the research of more than 60 MS and PhD candidates at USU. He is the author of over 150 journal articles and technical papers focused on the thermal sciences. His innovative solutions to satellite cooling challenges are regarded as a significant factor in attracting more than 100 million dollars in spaceflight contracts to USU’s Space Dynamics Laboratory. In 2001, he received the prestigious Trustee Professor designation by the USU Board of Trustees and was appointed Fulbright Senior Scholar by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars. In 2003, Dr. Batty was awarded the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology and named Utah’s Engineering Educator of the Year by the Utah Engineer’s Council. Recently retired as Head of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at USU, he is currently Director of the Utah Center of Excellence for Thermal Management Technologies at USU.


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