Milivoje M. Kostic, professor emeritus in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was recently invited to be a panel participant on the development of entransy theory at the 16th International Heat Transfer Conference (IHTC-16). The event, also known as Heat Transfer Olympics, will be held at the Chinese National Convention Center, Olympic Game Park, Beijing, China, from Aug. 10-15, 2018, with all expenses paid by the organizers. The inclusion to the Conference Panel has been influenced by Kostic’s recent publication related to the entransy concept and controversies, as well as his prior collaboration with Chines universities, starting with keynote lectures at the prestigious Tsinghua University.
The IHTC is the world’s premier conference for scientists and engineers in the heat and mass transfer research community. The global conferences are convened every four years in different countries, to exchange the latest heat and mass transfer information. The IHTC-16, hosted for the first time in China, continues the increasingly important mission of fostering international cooperation and the exchange of ideas among colleagues to solve urgent problems and improve peoples’ lives in the years ahead.
The heat and mass transfer community is involved in nearly all aspects of society since virtually all activities involve some form of heat or mass transfer. Heat and mass transfer phenomena control energy production and utilization systems, many types of production lines, transportation systems and numerous daily activities for our modern lifestyles. Thus, heat and mass transfer is a vitally important field where scientists and engineers face difficult challenges developing cutting-edge technologies for highly efficient energy systems, massive information/communication equipment, high-value-added manufacturing and comfortable living environments, to name just a few.
Kostic retired from his regular NIU duties in 2014 to focus on his fundamental research.