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Physical Address

Room 237
Farris Engineering Center
Building # 119 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

01 1120
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Regents Professor

Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering

Founding Director

Institute for Space & Nuclear Power Studies


PhD, Nuclear Engineering, University of New Mexico, USA, 1978

MS, Nuclear Engineering, University of Alexandria, Egypt, 1973

BS, Nuclear Engineering, University of Alexandria, Egypt, 1968


Before joining UNM, Dr. El-Genk has spent 13 years in energy and nuclear industry and in 2001 was named the 46th Annual Research Lecturer, one of the highest honors bestowed upon a member of the faculty at UNM. He was named Regents' Professor in 1996. He received the Presidential Lectureship Award (1984-85), the Graduate Students' Outstanding Teacher Award (1987-88), the School of Engineering's Research Excellence Award (1988) and Teaching Excellence Award (1989), and Student's Faculty Recognition Award (1996).

He supervised 27 Masters Theses, with 1 pending, and 29 Doctoral Dissertations, with 4 pending. El-Genk is a prolific author with more than 320 refereed articles, 250 complete conference Proceedings articles, 6 book chapters, 81technical reports, and 57 transactions articles to his credit. Hel holds 5 patents and has published a book "Critical Review of Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion 1984-1993," and 55 book volumes containing more than 5,000 full technical papers.

He is a Fellow of American Nuclear Society (ANS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He received DOE Certificate of Appreciation for the Outstanding Contributions to Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion and served on NASAs Space Exploration of the Solar System Technology Assessment Group and the Advanced Radioisotope Power System (ARPS) Team Technology Assessment and Recommended Roadmap for Potential NASA Code S Missions Beyond 2011. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the International Center for Heat and Mass Transfer; the Editorial Board of the Journal of Frontiers in Heat Pipes; the Assembly of the International Heat Transfer Conference, IAASS Academic Committee and a life member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

He received the ANS Distinguished Faculty Member Honor, AIChE Heat Transfer and Energy Conversion Division Award, and AIAA and ANS Certificates for Distinguished Leadership and Services. He served on and chaired the ASME/AIChE Board for the prestigious Max Jacob Memorial Award in heat transfer, AIChE Donald Q. Kern Award Committee, ASME/AIChE National Heat Transfer Conference Coordinating Committee and AIChE Executive Committees of the Heat Transfer and Energy Conversion Division and the Transport and Energy Processes Division. He is the recipient of AIChE 2009 Donald Q. Kern Award, a nationally and internationally prestigious recognition for the practical applications of process heat and mass transfer.

Teaching Interests

  • Thermal-hydraulics and safety of nuclear reactors
  • Boiling and two-phase flow and heat transfer
  • Fluid dynamics and heat transfer
  • Nuclear materials and fuel and nuclear fuel cycle
  • Space nuclear power systems, energy conversion and heat pipes
  • Advanced transport phenomena
  • Thermodynamics and material science

Research Interests

  • Natural and combined convection
  • Boiling heat transfer and two-phase flow
  • Nuclear fuel and reactor materials, severe accident analysis, thermal-hydraulics and safety analysis of space and terrestrial nuclear reactors and spent nuclear fuel dry storage
  • Dynamic simulation of nuclear reactor power and energy systems and static and dynamic energy conversion;
  • Space radiation shielding and dose estimates
  • Space nuclear power and propulsion and thermal management of space and terrestrial power systems
  • Advanced cooling of electronics
  • Space and Small Modular Reactors design and analysis
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics and thermal-hydraulics analyses of complex systems;
  • Nano-materials fabrication and synthesis
  • Micro- Nano-emulsion modeling and simulation

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