ComFORT Lab

Meet the People

Welcome to our website! We are a group led by assistant professor Jingru Benner at Western New England University. We are interested in a wide variety of problems in fluid and heat transfer.

Dr. Jingru Benner , Assistant Professor @ WNE

(Infrared Image of Dr Benner Holding a Cup of Hot Tea)

Current Lab Members:

Rebecca Shannon Brandon Torres Austen Metsack Jarrod Coletta




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Previous Lab Members:

Eric Shilyuk

Dan Paradiso

Karl Herman

Tom Graf

Jackie Chak

Anthony DeVita

Thomas Longo

Iestyn Norton

Amanda Schoen

John Thomas

Research Interest:

We work on a wide variety of fundamental and applied problems in thermal and fluid transport processes, including but not limited to:

  • Electronics Cooling
  • Multiphase Flow
  • Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Machine Learning and Its Application in Thermal/Fluid Field

Below are some ongoing and previous projects from Dr. Benner's group. For a list of our publications, please click here

If you are an undergrad at WNE and interested in working together on a project in a related area, or chatting about research, please stop by Dr. Benner's office S213B or send her an email!


Current Projects

Piezoelectric Flapping Fan

Data Center Energy Efficiency

Dynamic Behavior of Water Droplet in Air Flow

Teaching

  • ENGR 103 Introduction to Engineering (F2016, F2017, F2018, F2019)
  • ENGR 110 Data Acquisition and Processing (S2016, S2017, S2019)
  • ME 202 Statics (Summer 2017)
  • ME 304 Thermodynamics II (S2017)
  • ME 417 Heat Transfer (F2017, F2018, F2019)
  • ME 440/437 Senior Projects (F2017-S2018, F2018-S2019, F2019-S2010)
  • ME 651 Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics and Numerical Heat Transfer (S2018)

Previous Senior Student Projects (2018-2019):

Pressure and Flow Rate Quantification of a Piezoelectric Fan

Heat Sink Design

Aerodynamics of Flapping Wings from a PiezoFan

The Amalgamation of Wind and Tidal Turbines

Thermal Performance of a Piezoelectric Fan

Previous Senior Student Projects (2017-2018):

Aerodynamic Drag Reduction of a Heavy Truck

Thermal Analysis of Preform Fabrication for Flow Mold Casting

Thermal Analysis on a House Made of Glass

Aerodynamic Drag Reduction for Bicycle Frames

Previous Freshmen Student Projects (Coming Soon):