Dr. Steve Penoncello

University of Idaho
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Moscow, Idaho   83844-0902

Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering

Gauss-Johnson Laboratory
Room 234E


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 Education

  • B.S.M.E. - University of North Dakota, 1978
  • M.S.M.E. - University of North Dakota, 1980
  • Ph.D. - University of Idaho, 1986

Academic Experience

  • 1980-1983 - Instructor of Mechanical Engineering, University of North Dakota
  • 1985-1986 - Visiting Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho
  • 1986-1988 - Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of North Dakota
  • 1988-1990 - Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of North Dakota
  • 1990-1995 - Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho
  • 1995-2015 - Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho
  • 2015-present - Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho

Administrative Experience

  • 1995-1999 - Mechanical Engineering Department Chair, University of Idaho
  • 1999-2005 - Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Engineering, University of Idaho
  • 1999-2015 - Director, Center for Applied Thermodynamic Studies, University of Idaho



Teaching

Dr. Penoncello has taught courses in the thermal science area of Mechanical Engineering. These courses include Thermodynamics (undergraduate and graduate levels), Applied Thermodynamics, Refrigeration Engineering, Air Conditioning Engineering, Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics, Solar Engineering, Internal Combustion Engines, Energy Technology, and Thermal Energy Systems Design.

University of Idaho
2010 Teaching Excellence Award

Provost Doug Baker, Professor Steve Penoncello, President Duane Nellis, Vice Provost Jeanne Christiansen

Research

Dr. Penoncello has been involved in the research activity in the University of Idaho Center for Applied Thermodynamic Studies (CATS) since 1983.  His research interests include,

  • Development of reference quality formulations for the calculation of thermophysical properties of pure fluids and fluid mixtures
  • Development of new and innovative experimental apparatus for the measurement of thermophysical properties of fluids
  • Fluid property prediction using corresponding states methods
  • The effect of thermophysical property uncertainty in the design and analysis of thermal energy systems
  • Entropy generation in living systems
  • Exergy analysis of thermal components, processes, and systems
  • Nonequilibrium thermodynamics

Service
  • Mechanical Engineering program evaluator for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) representing the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • Member of the ASME/AIChE K-7 Joint Committee on Thermophysical Properties in the Heat Transfer Division of the ASME
  • Registered professional engineer (mechanical engineering) in the State of Idaho