Interim Vice Chancellor for Research
Matthew Mench, head of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Tickle College of Engineering, was appointed Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, effective December 1.
Mench, a Condra Chair of Excellence in Mechanical Engineering, received his masters and doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from the Penn State University in 1996 and 2000, respectively. He served as a tenure track assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, where he founded the Fuel Cell Dynamics and Diagnostics Laboratory, an internationally recognized program in electrochemical energy conversion systems.
In August of 2010, Mench joined UT with a joint appointment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and was named Department Head for MABE in 2013. During this time, department research expenditures, enrollments, and donations all saw significant increases.
His research interests span multi-phase transport phenomena, advanced diagnostics, sensors, and modeling of power conversion and storage systems. His work has been funded through a wide variety of industrial and government partners throughout his career. Mench is often invited to speak at industry, technical conferences, and top universities. He has several patents and authored the textbook Fuel Cell Engines, now used as a textbook at universities worldwide.
He has published over 150 peer reviewed publications and was named to the 2016 List of the 150 Most Cited Scholars in Energy Research by Elsevier Scopus Data and was selected by Thomson Reuters as a Highly Cited Researcher (HCR) in the category of engineering in 2014. This distinction was based on the greatest numbers of publications officially designated by Essential Science Indicators℠ as Highly Cited Papers—ranking among the top 1 percent most cited for their subject field and year of publication for the decade previous to selection in 2014.
- Former Executive Vice President of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow, and served on the Department Heads Executive Committee of the ASME
- Associate Editor Emeritus for the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
- Associate Editor with the ASME journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage
- Invited speaker to over 60 Universities, Research Laboratories, and Conferences
- Reviewer for Numerous Journals
- Conference Chair, 2008 Gordon Research Conference on Fuel Cells
- Advisory Board Member, Session Chair, or Organizer for Numerous Technical Conferences
- Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
- Member, Electrochemical Society
- NASA Graduate Research Fellowship (GSRP) 2000
Awards and Recognitions
- UT Research Foundation Innovation Award in 2019
- List of the 150 Most Cited Scholars in Energy Research by Elsevier Scopus Data in 2016
- UT College of Engineering Translational Research Award in 2016
- 2016 List of The 150 Most Cited Scholars in Energy Research by Elsevier Scopus Data
- UT College of Engineering Translational Research Award, 2016
- UT Research Foundation Start Up Award, 2016
- UT Research Foundation Innovation award in 2015
- The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014
- 2013 UTK College of Engineering Research Fellow Award
- University of Tennessee Research Fellow award in 2013
- Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers (top 1% cited authors in engineering category for 2002-2012)
- Penn State Engineering Society Premier Teaching Award in 2009
- Outstanding and Premier Teaching Awards, Penn State Engineering Society 2006 and 2009, respectively
- National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award in 2006
- Matthew M. Mench, Matthew A. Young, Chad Duty. “Tampering detection clamping box for ingress and egress lines” US. Patent D826,875 issued August 28, 2018
- Matthew M. Mench, Matthew A. Young, Chad Duty. “Tampering detection clamping box for ingress and egress lines” US. Patent D826,874 issued August 28, 2018
- Kyu Taek Cho, Jong Jin Yoon, Jong Hyun Lee, Matthew M. Mench, and Ahmet Turhan. "Method for removing residual water from fuel cell." U.S. Patent 8,685,584, issued April 1, 2014.
- Soowhan Kim, Jong Jin Yoon, Kyu Taek Cho, Byung Ki Ahn, Jong Hyun Lee, Matthew M. Mench. "Fuel cell bipolar plate for preventing flooding." U.S. Patent 8,535,843 issued September 17, 2013.
- Jon P. Owejan, Paul D. Nicotera, Matthew M. Mench, Robert E. Evans. "Low cost fuel cell diffusion layer configured for optimized anode water management." U.S. Patent 8,518,596 issued August 27, 2013.