ONAMI | Heather Dillon


Heather Dillon

Assistant Professor, University of Portland


Microtechnology-Based Energy and Chemical Systems

Research Interests

Before joining the University of Portland in 2012, Heather Dillon worked for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as a senior research engineer. Dr. Dillon’s research at PNNL supported the US Department of Energy and included both energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. Her projects included energy efficient lighting, buildings, and vehicles. She worked with the PNNL emissions team that received The DuBose-Crouse Award for Unique, Unusual, and New Techniques in Microscopy in 2007. Heather’s research in these fields is focused on improving heat transfer and thermodynamics in complex systems.

Dr. Dillon received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington with a research focus on experimental fluids, heat transfer, and modeling chaotic behavior in energy systems with support from a NSF Fellowship. She has expertise in thermodynamic system analysis and exergy (second law) assessment of technologies.

Selected Publications

  • Dillon HE, Emery AF, Mescher A., J.O. Sprenger, S.R. Edwards. 2011. Chaotic Natural Convection in an Annular Cavity from Non-Uniform Vertical Walls Temperatures. Frontiers in Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol 2, Issue 2.
  • Dillon HE, Emery AF, Mescher A., 2011. Chaotic Behavior of Natural Convection in a Tall Rectangular Cavity with Non-Isothermal Walls. International Conference of Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics.
  • Emery AF, Dillon HE, and Mescher A., 2010. The Effect of Spatially Correlated Roughness and Boundary Conditions on the Conduction of Heat Through a Slab. Journal of Heat Transfer. Vol 132, Issue 5.
  • Dillon HE, Stewart M, Maupin G, Gallant T, Cheng L, Mao F, Pyzik A, Ramanathan R. 2006. Optimizing the Advanced Ceramic Material (ACM) for Diesel Particulate Filter Application. Society of Automotive Engineers 2007.
  • Dillon H.E., Penoncello S.G., 2004. A Fundamental Equation for Calculation of the Thermodynamic Properties of Ethanol, International Journal of Thermophysics, Vol 25, Issue 2.





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