Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Wins Best Paper Award at National Symposium

Richard Kenney ’15 ME, ’17 MSME
Richard Kenney ’15 ME, ’17 MSME

Richard Kenney ’15 ME, ’17 MSME, a research assistant in Villanova University’s Laboratory for Advanced Thermal and Fluid Systems, was awarded “Best Student Paper” in the area of Thermal Measurement Technology and/or Application at the 2017 IEEE Semi-Therm: 33rd Thermal Measurement, Modeling, and Management Symposium. His paper, “Experiments on the Thermal Resistance of Deformable Thermal Interface Materials under Mechanical Loading,” resulted from collaborative research funded by Cisco Systems in San Jose, California. Cisco has been a long-time LATFS partner.

LATFS Director Alfonso Ortega, PhD, the James R. Birle Professor of Energy Technology and director of Villanova’s Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems, notes that “Rich is a classic example of a Villanova student who worked as an undergraduate researcher, which inspired him to pursue a graduate degree.” Kenney has been hired by Harris Corporation, one of the College of Engineering’s industry partners.