Bryan R. Becker, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASME, F.ASHRAE, is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. During his more than 31 years at the University of Missouri, Dr. Becker has conducted, as principal investigator or co-investigator, 52 research projects and has authored 218 journal articles, chapters in books, presentations, and research reports. He has directed the graduate research of 31 master of science students and seven doctoral students. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Previously, Dr. Becker served as chair of mechanical engineering and then civil and mechanical engineering for seven years. Prior to joining the University of Missouri, Dr. Becker performed thermal hydraulic analysis at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Becker's research and scholarly activity has centered around heat transfer, fluid flow, refrigeration and energy systems. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla (1971); a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Missouri, Columbia (1975), and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1979).