Keith Hollingsworth, Ph.D.

Keith HollingsworthProfessor and Department Chair
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


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 Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University 
 Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University
 Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University


Dr. Hollingsworth is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1989.  His B.S. and M.S. degrees are from North Carolina State University.  Dr. Hollingsworth’s research interests span several areas of thermal science including boiling and two-phase flows, turbulent convection, liquid crystal thermography, and biomedical heat transfer.  Dr. Hollingsworth has graduated 35 research students at the PhD, Masters, and Honors Thesis levels.  His classroom teaching, largely in an undergraduate laboratory setting, has been recognized with three College teaching awards, the University teaching award, and the University research mentoring award.

Research Expertise

  • Boiling and Two-phase Flows
  • Turbulent Convection
  • Liquid Crystal Thermography
  • Biomedical Heat Transfer

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2009.
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, 2011 and 1999.
  • Fellow of the Honors College, University of Houston, 2010.
  • Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research, University of Houston, 2009.
  • El Paso Energy Corp. Faculty Achievement Award in Engineering, 2001.
  • W. T. Kittinger Teaching Excellence Award, University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, 2000
  • Warren M. Rohsenow Prize (best presentation award) to M. J. Barrett and D. K. Hollingsworth, 1999 National Heat Transfer Conference, Gas Turbine and Heat Transfer Divisions of the ASME.
  • University Teaching Excellence Award, University of Houston, 1997.

Recent Publications

A Method of Concurrent Thermographic-Photographic Visualization of Flow Boiling in a Minichannel; Arif Ozer, Ahmet Oncel, D. K. Hollingsworth, & L. C. Witte, J. Exp. Thermal & Fluid Science November, 2011, Vol. 35, No. 8, pp. 1522-1529.

The effect of sliding bubbles on nucleate boiling of a subcooled liquid flowing in a narrow channel; Arif Ozer, Ahmet Oncel, D. K. Hollingsworth, & L. C. Witte, Int. J. Heat and Mass Transfer, 2011, Vol 54, pp. 1930-1940.

Imaging of Surface-Tension-Driven Convection Using Liquid Crystal Thermography; T. W. Dutton, L. R. Pate & D. K. Hollingsworth, ASME J. Heat Transfer, Dec. 2010, Vol 132, No. 121601.

Enhancement of Heat Transfer Behind Sliding Bubbles; D. Keith Hollingsworth, Larry C. Witte, Marcelino Figueroa, ASME J. Heat Transfer, special edition, Dec. 2009, Vol 131, No. 121005-1.

The Thickness of the Liquid Microlayer Between a Cap-Shaped Sliding Bubble and a Heated Wall: Comparison of Models to Experimental Data; D. K. Hollingsworth, Xin Li, L. C. Witte, ASME J. Heat Transfer, November 2008, Vol. 130, No. 111501.