Dr. Gerard F. “Jerry” Jones is professor of Mechanical Engineering and senior associate dean for Graduate Studies and Research.
After gaining industry experience at Mobil Oil Corporation and Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dr. Jones joined the College of Engineering in 1987. Today, he oversees research and graduate studies for the College of Engineering and has taught in the areas of heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, analysis and design, and gravity-driven water networks. He also regularly travels with students to conduct international service-engineering projects. At the graduate level, he teaches:
- Heat conduction
- Computational fluid dynamics
- Advanced fluid dynamics
- Solar thermal energy conversion
Dr. Jones directs the Thermal and Flow Management of Multiscale Systems Laboratory, where he investigates heat transfer in composite materials, high-performance heat exchangers, and thermal management of power production and dissipation systems. He is a Fellow and active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and serves on the ASME K-20 Committee on Computational Heat Transfer. He also serves on the Committee on Science and the Arts for the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia and was recently published as the author of the book Gravity-Driven Water Flow in Networks: Theory and Design.
Dr. Jones earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University. His Master of Science and PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics are from the University of Pennsylvania.