Van P. Carey

A. Richard Newton Chair in Engineering
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

6123 Etcheverry Hall, Mailstop 1740
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-1740
(510) 642-7177



Biography and CV

Professor Carey is widely recognized for his research on near-interface micro-scale phenomena, thermophysics and transport in liquid-vapor systems, and computational modeling and simulation of energy conversion and transport processes.  Since joining the Berkeley faculty in 1982, Professor Carey’s research has spanned a variety of applications areas, including fuel cells, solar power systems, building and vehicle air conditioning, forging and casting of aluminum, phase change thermal energy storage, Rankine cycle power for manned space missions, heat pipes for aerospace applications, high heat flux cooling of electronics, heat transfer in porous burners, data center energy efficiency, energy sustainability of information processing, and advanced solar absorber and turbomachinery technologies for Rankine cycle power generation.


Energy conversion and transport; molecular-level modeling of thermophysics and transport in multiphase systems; statistical thermodynamics; thermal management and energy efficiency of electronic information systems; boiling phenomena in pure fluids and binary mixtures; surface wetting effects in condensation processes; heat pipes; energy-based sustainability analysis of energy conversion systems; high temperature solar collector technologies; radial flow turbines and disk rotor drag turbine expanders for green energy conversion technologies; computer-aided design of energy systems.


To learn more about Professor Carey's research, please visit the Energy and Multiphase Transport Laboratory website.


To view a list of Professor Carey's publications, please visit the Energy and Multiphase Transport Laboratory website.


New courses developed:
ME105B Thermodynamics and Biothermodynamics (undergraduate, first offered in 2002)
ME145 Computer Aided Thermal Design (undergraduate, first offered in 1998)
ME146 Energy Conversion (first offered in 2007)
E119 Applied Java Programming (undergraduate, first offered in 1999)
ME259 Microscale Thermophysics and Heat Transfer (graduate, first offered in 1995) 


Other courses taught at UC Berkeley:
ME105 Thermodynamics (undergraduate)
ME109 Heat Transfer (undergraduate)
ME142 Thermal Environmental Control (undergraduate)
ME254 Thermodynamics I (graduate, classical and statistical thermodynamics)
ME258 Heat Transfer with Phase Change (graduate)

The new courses cited above were developed to bring cutting edge material to the engineering undergraduate and graduate programs at Berkeley. ME105B introduces undergraduate to non-equilibrium thermodynamics and small system thermodynamics that are central to understanding of process in cells, organisms and their interaction with their environment. ME259 provides the microscale thermophysics foundation for graduate student research in areas such as MEMS, bioMEMS, ultra fast laser processing and micro heat exchangers for microscale thermal control. ME 145, ME146 and E119 introduce students to the use of modern computational tools for engineering analysis.


Claire Kunkle

David Lettieri

Ruth Herrera Reed


To view a list of Professor Carey's former students, please visit the Energy and Multiphase Transport Laboratory website.