Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Gerard Jones
College of Engineering
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Following a several year period as a project engineer for Mobil Oil Corporation in Paulsboro, New Jersey, Gerard "Jerry" Jones joined the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his Ph.D. in 1981. Jones was a technical staff member with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico until 1987. His research activities there included experiments, analysis, and simulations on thermal systems, including solar and geothermal energy conversion. He consulted with LANL on a wide array of technical topics from 1990 until 2006.
Jones joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Villanova University in 1987 where he currently holds the rank of professor. In 2008, after serving as department chair- man for six years, he assumed the position of Associate Dean, Academic Affairs where, among several strategic tasks, he is responsible for day-to-day running of the undergrad- uate engineering program of 850 students in five engineering majors. His undergraduate teaching has included numerous courses in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, analysis and design, and laboratories. His graduate courses are heat conduction, convec- tion, computational fluid dynamics, advanced fluid mechanics, and solar thermal energy conversion.
Among his research interests are heat transfer in composite materials, high-performance heat exchangers for electronics cooling, and thermal management for power production systems such as fuel cells. His most recent research has focused on optimization of multi- scale thermal structures using Constructal theory.
Dr. Jones is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), has served actively on the ASME Computational Heat Transfer committee for many years, and is a past president and secretary of the Villanova Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Since 2005, he has been a member of the Committee on Science and the Arts (CS&A) of the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia which selects its annual Franklin Medal award winners, and starting in 2011 is a member of the executive committee of the CS&A. He has advised nearly 20 Masters and Ph.D. candidates, served on more than 35 M.S. and Ph.D. thesis committees, and has published more than 80 archival journal and conference proceedings publications. His recent book, Gravity-Driven Water Flow in Networks: Theory and Design (Wiley, 2010) is an outgrowth of student-focused, service-learning e ff orts in Central America begun in 2004 with two colleagues in the ME Department at Villanova.
Jones is a married father of two grown children (both of whom graduated from the DASD). In addition to wine and a variety of music, his hobbies include antique mechanical clock collecting and repair, and maintaining a 1988 Porsche 911 Carerra.