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Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer

JQSRT Young Scientist Award on Radiative Transfer

Radiative Transfer is one of three focus areas of JQSRT, along with Spectroscopy and Electromagnetic and Light Scattering. Since 2007, the three Editors-in-Chief of JQSRT have been working closely with Elsevier Publisher José Stoop to identify the best young researchers who have contributed to their respective fields. This brand new award was established to acknowledge the contributions from talented young researchers under the age of 36. Traditionally these Awards are presented during a conference related to one of the three focus areas of the Journal. The Young Scientist Award on Radiative Transfer is given during the International Symposia on Radiative Transfer, which is held since 1995 every three years. During the in-between years, the award is presented only once to two researchers who have published extensively since the last Symposium. One researcher is chosen among those who have not yet completed their PhDs, and the second award is given to a researcher who has already received the PhD and has been working as a researcher and/or faculty member. The criteria include: a) publication of papers in JQSRT, and b) publication of papers on Radiative Transfer in other prestigious Journals, and c) presentation of papers on Radiative Transfer in various international conferences.

This year, the pool of eligible qualified candidates was extensive. A Committee including Nevin Selçuk, Brent Webb, Denis Lemonier, Pedro Coelho and M. Pinar Mengüç carefully considered the credentials of all available candidates, and chose two outstanding young scientists.

In the post PhD Category, the 2009 JQSRT Young Scientist Award is decided to be presented to Dr. Laurent Pilon, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA. In the pre-PhD Category, the Awardee is Mathieu Francoeur, who is a PhD student at the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA. Both awardees received a Certificate of Recognition and a 500 Euro monetary award.

A brief outline of the research of the two Awardees

PilonLaurent Pilon is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his PhD from Purdue University in 2002 under Professor Ray Viskanta, after receiving his BS and MS in Applied Physics from the Grenoble Institute of Technology in France in 1997. His research in radiative transfer encompasses experimental investigation, physical modelling, and numerical methods and simulations, with recent focus on radiation transfer in biological systems and in semitransparent media containing bubbles. Applications of Dr. Pilon’s research range from non-invasive sensing of biological tissues to sustainable energy.

FrancoeurMathieu Francoeur is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky. Since September 2005, he has been working under the supervision of Professor M. Pinar Mengüç in the Radiative Transfer Laboratory. He has obtained his B.Eng. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Université Laval in Quebec, Canada in 2002 and 2004, respectively. Part of his current research is on near-field radiation applied to heat transfer and nanoscale-gap thermophotovoltaic (nano-TPV) power generation, where he is focused on tuning near-field thermal radiation emission spectra via coupling of surface polaritons in thin films to design radiators for highly efficient nano-TPV devices. The second part of his research is mostly experimental in nature, and devoted to in-situ and eventually online characterization of nanoparticles via surface wave scattering. He is also involved in the numerical modeling of radiative transfer in different systems and in the development of the inverse solution procedures.

On the behalf of the Committee Members and all Editors-in-Chief, we congratulate these two young researchers and hope to see their continuous success in the field in years to come.

M. Pinar Mengüç, Editor-in-Chief, JQSRT Radiative Transfer

José Stoop, Publisher, JQSRT Elsevier

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M. Pinar Mengüç,
University of Kentucky, USA

Michael I. Mishchenko,
NASA-Goddard Institute for Space Studies, USA

Laurence S. Rothman,
Harvard-Smithonian Centre for Astrophysics (CfA)



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