Laurent Pilon, PhDProfessor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCLA
Laurent Pilon is Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UCLA. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 2002. His expertise is at the crossroad between applied optics, transport phenomena, materials, and interface science. Applications focuses on sustainable energy technologies including (i) photobiological production of added-value products, (ii) mesoporous materials for photocatalysis and energy storage applications, (iii) waste heat and mechanical energy harvesting. He is the recipient of the 2005 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the 2008 Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer from ASME, and the 2009 Young Scientist Award in Radiative Transfer from the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer. He was elected Senior Member of SPIE in 2011. He also received the 2005 Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award from the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science and the 2011 Henry and Susan Samueli Teaching Award from the UCLA MAE Department.