Joel Chapman

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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BS in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University (2008)
MS in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University (2014)

Joel Chapman is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He received a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University in 2008 and a Masters of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University in 2014. He served as a Naval Nuclear Propulsion Officer on active duty from 2008-2016 as the Combat Information Center Officer on Mine Countermeasures Crew “Leader,” as the Reactor Mechanical Division Officer on the USS ENTERPRISE, and as an instructor of Reactor Dynamics and Core Characteristics at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command.

He transitioned to the US Navy Reserves in 2016 to pursue a PhD of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and currently serves as a Lieutenant Commander within the Engineering Duty Officer Community. Within the civilian professional realm, his areas of expertise are in the field of Thermal and Fluid Sciences, with a focus on thermal management of electronics. His research work focuses on evaporative cooling enhancement provided by nanoelectrosprayed aerosol jet impingement, and he has provided experimental support to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for the assessment of pulsating heat pipe technology. He has also performed as the principal engineer on a project to develop novel Laser Capture Microdissection (LCM) systems for tissue analysis.

He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He has been married to his wife Elizabeth since 2011, and they have two children.

Your Purpose. Our Mission.

As an educator, my primary goal is to prepare students so that they can contribute to the advancement of the STEM fields, not only after they graduate but also while they are still under my instruction. Professional development and participation in relevant work begins right now. Taking the extra time outside of class to help students find relevant internships and to begin assessing future employment opportunities are highly beneficial to ensure that the students are becoming adept at identifying and honing the skills necessary to be relevant in the workforce.

Joel Chapman

Magna Cum Laude at NC State University
Two Navy Achievement Medals
Navy Commendation Medal
Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals
National Defense Service Medal
Awarded NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship and GA Tech President’s Fellowship in 2016
“Best Graduate Student Poster” at ITHERM 2017 and “Best Paper” at ITHERM 2018
John Mathers Nobel Scholar in 2018
ASME’s K-16 Graduate Student Paper of the Year Award 2020

J.D. Chapman, P.A. Kottke, and A.G. Fedorov, Towards Using Nanoelectrospray for Evaporative Heat Transfer Enhancement, ITherm 2017 Proceedings, 13-22 (2017), 10.1109/ITHERM.2017.7991851

J. D. Chapman, P. A. Kottke and A. G. Fedorov, "Nanoelectrosprayed Liquid Jets for Evaporative Heat Transfer Enhancement," 2018 17th IEEE Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems (ITherm), San Diego, CA, 2018, pp. 602-608.doi: 10.1109/ITHERM.2018.8419522

Joel D. Chapman, Peter A. Kottke, Andrei G. Fedorov, Enhanced thin film evaporation via impinging electrospray liquid jets with entrained air streaming, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Volume 131, 2019, Pages 85-95, ISSN 0017-9310,

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)