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Andrea Kelecy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Term Appointment)
217 Sackett Hall


Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992.
M.Sc. in mechanical engineering, Purdue University, 1985.
B.Sc. in mechanical engineering, Purdue University, 1983.

Appointment Information

Promoted to associate professor - 2011.
Original appointment as assistant professor - 2002.
Original appointment as adjunct assistant professor - 1999.
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.

Professional Experience

2001-present, assistant professor (term appointment), University of Louisville, Mechanical Engineering Department. Instructor for undergraduate and graduate courses in heat transfer, thermodynamics, heat exchanger design, fluid mechanics, senior capstone design, and structured research.

2002-present, business and thermal-fluids consultant, Magnetic Power Motion, LLC, Floyds Knobs, IN. Assist with financial and project management and consult on thermal-fluids issues for start-up business involving design of high performance electric motors and actuators.

1999-2001, adjunct assistant professor, University of Louisville, Mechanical Engineering Dept. Taught thermal science courses and co-advised a funded M.Sc. project on thermal modeling of an electric motor.

1997-2002, thermal-fluids consultant, KAT/Lynx Motion Technology Corp., Greenville, IN. Developed thermal models of permanent magnet motor and cooling schemes. Consulted on cooling strategies, thermal design of motor, and thermal testing. Co-authored summary reports and funded proposals for Department of Energy grants (SBIR, STTR, and CARAT).

1995-1997, assistant professor, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO., Division of Engineering. Taught heat transfer, advanced fluid mechanics, and thermal systems design; organized graduate colloquium; supervised two Master’s students to completion of M.S. theses; assisted with development of graduate and undergraduate curriculum; directed research in fuel injector fluid flow, heat transfer during sliding of metal and plastic surfaces, and polymer fiber processing.

1993-1994, lecturer, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI., Mechanical Engineering Dept. Taught undergraduate thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

1992-1993, post doctoral research associate, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI., Engine Research Center. Worked on verification of soot production sub-model for use in spray and combustion model for diesel engines.

1988-1992, research fellow, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI., Engine Research Center. Developed scale model of diesel fuel injector and investigated turbulence intensity and spectral characteristics (based on laser velocity measurements) for varying geometry and flow conditions.

1985-1988, staff engineer, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH., Process and Materials Technology Division. Investigated polymeric materials for product applications and new processes for forming paper products.

1983-1985, research assistant and teaching assistant , Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN., Mechanical Engineering. Experimentally investigated laminar mixed convection flow and heat transfer. Instructed heat transfer laboratory.


  • Heat transfer consultant for Vendome Copper and Brass Works, Inc., 2005-2006
  • Building heat transfer analysis for Prater Engineering Associates, Inc., Mar 2006
  • Compressible flow analysis for TubeMaster, Inc., Apr-Jun 2006

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Recent Publications


Honors and Awards

  • UofL Faculty Favorite nominee, 2005, 2006, and 2008
  • Army Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, 1988-1992
  • SAE Forgivable Loan, a nationwide competitive award based on merit and interest in teaching, 1989-1991
  • Mortar Board graduate fellowship, Purdue, 1983
  • Mortar Board, Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Pi

Institutional and Professional Service

  • Board member: Supporters of UofL Dance Academy (School of Music Preperatory Department), 2005-2008
  • ASME Project Warm volunteer, 2006 and 2008
  • Volunteer advisor for high school student science fair project, 2005

Professional Development Activities

  • "Development of Rubrics for Evaluation of Assignments," Delphi Center, University of Louisville, May 9, 2006
  • "Motivating Your Students," Delphi Center, University of Louisville, March 30, 2006
  • "Teaching as an Experience for the Senses," Delphi Center, University of Louisville, February 16, 2006
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