Ellen G. Brehob, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
210 Sackett Hall
Dr. Ellen G. Brehob is an associate professor in the University of Louisville Department of Mechanical Engineering, where she teaches courses in the thermal-fluid science area. Her research interests include flame propagation and thermal modeling. She received her B.Sc. from Purdue University and M.Sc. from Oklahoma State University, both in mechanical engineering. In her Masters work, Dr. Brehob conducted an experimental investigation of the large-scale structures in a two-dimensional jet. A Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering was obtained at Pennsylvania State University. Her doctoral research topic was upward flame spread on a vertical wall. Before coming to the University of Louisville, Dr. Brehob was a Research Associate supported through the National Research Council. The 15 month tenure was spent at the U.S. Department of Energy's Morgantown Energy Technology Center. Detailed size and density measurements on pulverized coal samples were made to provide input for numerical models of the combustion process. Her industrial experience includes four years with General Motors Corporation. During this time she primarily worked at the company's aerodynamics laboratory conducting wind tunnel tests on production and pilot vehicles.
Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1994.
M.Sc. in mechanical engineering, Oklahoma State University, 1985.
B.Sc. in mechanical engineering, Purdue University, 1983.
Original appointment as assistant professor - 1995.
Tenure and promotion to associate professor - 2001.
Portion of time committed to teaching - 50 percent.
Portion of time committed to research and scholarly activities - 40 percent.
Portion of time committed to institutional and professional service - 10 percent.
5/94-8/95, National Research Council research associate at the Department of Energy facility in Morgantown, WV.
4/94-5/94, visiting researcher at the Building Research Institute in Tsukuba, Japan.
8/90-3/94, research assistant in the Upward Flame Spread Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University.
1/89-8/90, teaching assistant and graduate lcturer for undergraduate fluid mechanics and thermodynamics courses at Pennsylvania State University.
8/85-12/88, project engineer in the Aerodynamic Laboratory of the CPE division of General Motors in Warren, MI.
8/83-7/85, graduate research assistant on a fluid mechanics project at Oklahoma State University.
5/83-7/83, summer intern, Cadillac Motor Car Engine Laboratory, Detroit, MI.
Consulting to thermally model an ice rink (3 hours)
Consulting to review thermodynamics textbook (10 hours)
Albanese, M., Boulware, C., Brehob, E., Sharp, M.K., "Passive Solar Heating Strategies for Kentucky’s Moderately Cold and Moderately Sunny Climate," Sustain, 15, 22-30, 2007.
Scientific and Professional Societies
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE)
Honors and Awards
GE Forgivable Loan recipient
2000 Ralph R. Teetor Award
Institutional and Professional Service
Faculty advisor, ASHRAE Student Chapter (2000-2009)
Member of ME Curriculum Committee (since 2000)
Member of ME Program Assessment Committee (since 2004)
Member of Speed School Assessment Committee (since 2004)
Faculty advisor, ASME Student Chapter (2001-2008)
Reviewed a paper for Fire Safety Journal, 2007
Served on NSF review panels (graduate research fellowship in Feb. 2006, and Wind and Power in Sept. 2007)
Professional Development Activities
International Society for Technology in Education Conference, San Diego, CA, February 2009
Session monitor and workshops at ASEE Regional Conference in Louisville, KY in April 2007
ASME Regional Student Conference at University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY in March 2004