Thomas Diller

Hertz Fellow: Thomas Diller

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Area of Study

Mechanical Engineering

Fellowship Years

1972 - 1976

Thomas Diller has been a professor at Virginia Tech for the past 35 years, and his current research focuses on the development and use of new instrumentation for measuring heat transfer. Applications include building insulation, jet impingement heat transfer and high-temperature unsteady flows, such as found in gas turbine engines, re-entry vehicles, and combustion environments. Biomedical applications include non-invasively measuring blood perfusion in the human body and characterization of burns. He continues to work to transition research results to industrial and laboratory applications. He worked in industry for several years after finishing a doctorate at MIT in mechanical engineering and founded a successful company making heat flux instrumentation. He has been a past chair of the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) technical committee on biomedical heat and mass transfer.


1976 - Oxygen Diffusion Through Flowing Blood