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Robert J. Ribando



  • ..., "Heat Transfer Tools with CD Rom." McGraw-Hill, July 2001. This collection includes nine significant instructional programs, each using a modern, research-based computational algorithm, covering nearly all the major topics in heat transfer. Most of these modules consist of a user-friendly Visual Basic interface, a Fortran DLL and a Windows help file. Six Excel/VBA workbooks covering additional topics are also included in the collection. The printed book contains 100 pages describing the software and its usage; while the CD-Rom includes an additional 60 pages of details of the algorithms and the modeling, thus making the package suitable for use at the graduate as well as the undergraduate level. Seven of the nine modules and all of the spreadsheets have been highly upgraded in preparation for a second edition. In addition ancillary instructional materials are being put on the Web for downloading.



  • Arthur, J.H., Beard, J.T., Ribando, R.J., Patil, A., and Johnston, N.P., "An Environmental Control System Assessment Model for Camouflaged Shelters," Strojiniski Vestnik - Journal of Mechanical Engineering, Vol. 49, No. 11, 2003, pp. 549-558.
  • ... and Weller, E.A., "The Verification of an Analytical Solution - An Important Engineering Lesson," Journal of Engineering Education Vol. 88, No. 3, July 1999, pp. 281-283.
  • ..., "An Excel/Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) Primer," Computers in Education Journal, Vol. VIII, No. 2, April-June 1998, pp. 38-43.
  • ..., Coyne, K.A., and O'Leary, G.W., "Teaching Module for Laminar and Turbulent Forced Convection on a Flat Plate," Computer Applications in Engineering Education, Vol. 6, No.2, pp. 115-125,1998.
  • ... and Fisher, M.J., "Transitioning to Fortran 90 for Scientific and Engineering Calculations," Computers in Education Journal, Vol. VIII, No. 3, July-Sept. 1998, pp. 43-50.
  • ... and Galbis-Reig, V., "Convective Heat and Mass Transfer from a Runner Using Some Advanced Spreadsheet Features," Computers in Education Journal, Vol. VIII, No. 4, Oct-Dec. 1998, pp. 22-28.
  • ... and O'Leary, G.W., "A Teaching Module for One-Dimensional, Transient Conduction," Computer Applications in Engineering Education, Vol. 6, pp. 41-51, 1998.
  • ..., O'Leary, G.W, and Carlson, S.E., "A General, Numerical Scheme for Heat Exchanger Thermal Analysis and Design," Computer Applications in Engineering Education, Vol. 5, pp. 231-242, 1997.
  • ... and O'Leary, G.W., "OneDT - A Finite-Volume Program for One-dimensional, Transient Conduction," Software module contributed to National Engineering Education Delivery System (NEEDS), October 1996.
  • ... and O'Leary, G.W., "Twodcon - A General Framework for Two-dimensional, Steady-state Conduction," Software module contributed to National Engineering Education Delivery System (NEEDS), October 1996.
  • ..., Snyder, D.M., and Cahen, G.L., "Effective Transfer of Computer Graphics to Video Format," Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 84, No. 3, pp. 299-302, 1995.
  • ... and Shi, Q., "Fortran 90 and the Direct Calculation of Radiation View Factors," Computer Applications in Engineering Education, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 133-137, 1995.
  • ... and O'Leary, G.W., Numerical Methods in Engineering Education: An Example Student Project in Convection Heat Transfer," Computer Applications in Engineering Education, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 165-174, 1994.
  • Schacterle, R.S., ..., and Adams, J.M., "A Model of Brain Arteriolar Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide Transport During Anemia," Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Vol. 13, pp. 872-880, 1993.
  • Shi, Q. and ..., "A Parabolic Numerical Procedure for Three-Dimensional Viscous Rotating Flows," International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, Vol. 17, pp. 365-384, 1993.
  • Shi, Q. and ..., "Numerical Simulations of Viscous Rotating Flows Using a New Pressure-Based Method," Computers and Fluids, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 475-489, 1992.
  • Frederick, J.W., ..., and Wood, H.G., "A Finite-Difference Simulation of a Continuous Flow Centrifuge," Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Vol. 93, pp. 401-414, 1991.
  • ..., Palmer, J.L., and Scott, J.E., "Flow in a Partially-Filled, Rotating, Tapered Cylinder," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 203, pp. 541-555, 1989.
  • ..., and Shadday, M.A., "The Ekman Matching Condition in a Partially Filled, Rapidly Rotating Cylinder," J. Computational Physics, Vol. 53, No. 2, pp. 266-288, 1984.
  • ..., "A Finite-Difference Solution of Onsager's Model for Flow in a Gas Centrifuge," Computers and Fluids, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 235-252, 1984.
  • Shadday, M.A., ..., and Kauzlarich, J.J., "Flow of an Incompressible Fluid in a Partially Filled, Rapidly Rotating Cylinder with a Differentially Rotating Endcap," J. Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 130, pp. 203-218, 1983.
  • ... and Torrance, K.E., "Natural Convection in a Porous Medium: Effects of Confinement, Variable Permeability, and Thermal Boundary Conditions," Journal of Heat Transfer, Trans. ASME, Series C., Vol. 98, pp. 42-48, 1976.
  • ..., Torrance, K.E. and Turcotte, D.L., "Numerical Models for Hydrothermal Circulation in the Oceanic Crust," Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 81, pp. 3007-3012, 1976.



  • ..., Richards, L.G., and O'Leary,G.W., " A "Hands-On" Approach to Teaching Undergraduate Heat Transfer," Symposium on Mechanical Engineering Education, ASME IMECE '04, Anaheim, CA, Nov. 14-19, 2004.
  • Richards, L.G., and ..., " Distance Learning: the path to lifelong learning," Frontiers in Education Annual Meeting, Savannah, GA, Oct. 20-23, 2004.
  • Arthur, J.H. and ..., "Use of Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) Construction for Energy Conservation in Residential Construction," ASME SOLAR 2004 Conference, July 11-14, 2004, Portland, Oregon.
  • Arthur, J.H., Beard, J.T., Ribando, R.J., Patil, A. and Johnston, N.P., "A New Environmental Control System for Shelters," Paper #TED-AJ03-326, Proceedings of the 6th ASME-JSME Thermal Engineering Joint Conference, Kohala Coast, Hawaii Island, Hawaii, March 16-20, 2003.
  • ..., Scott, T.C., Richards, L.G., and O'Leary, G.W., "Using Software with Visualization to Teach Heat Transfer Concepts," Paper # 2002-1536, Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Montreal, Canada, June 16-19,2002.
  • ..., Scott, T.C. and O'Leary, G.W., "Application of the Studio Model to Teaching Heat Transfer," Proceedings of the 2001 ASEE Conference, Albuquerque, NM, June 2001.
  • ..., Scott, T.C. and O'Leary, G.W., "Teaching Heat Transfer in a Studio Mode," Session on Energy Systems Education, 1999 ASME IMECE, Nashville, TN, HTD - Vol. 364-4, Edited by L.C.Witte, Nov. 1999, pp. 397-407.
  • ..., "Teaching Modules for Heat Transfer," Workshop on Advanced Technology for Engineering Education, Feb. 24-25, 1998, Peninsula Graduate Center, Hampton, VA. NASA/CP-1998-208442, Edited by A.K.Noor and J.B.Malone, pp. 239-259
  • ... and O'Leary, G.W., "Teaching Modules for Heat Transfer," ASME Proceedings of the 32nd National Heat Transfer Conference, HTD-Vol.344, Volume 6, Innovations in Heat Transfer Education, pp. 75-82, August 1997.
  • Norris, P.M., ..., O'Leary, G.W., Scott, T.C., and Smith, A.N., "Integration of the Virtual Lab into the Undergraduate Heat Transfer Curriculum," Proceedings of the International Conference in Engineering Education: Progress Through Partnerships, Vol. 1, pp 172-178, August 1997.
  • ..., Norris, P.M., Scott, T.C., O'Leary, G.W., and Smith, A.N., "A Partial Studio Model for Teaching Undergraduate Heat Transfer," Proceedings of the ASEE Frontiers in Education Conference - FIE '96, November 1996.
  • Jones, W.V., Jr., Beard, J.T., ..., and Wilhelm, B.K., "Thermal Performance of Horizontal Closed-Loop Ground-Coupled Heat Pump Systems Using Flowable Fill," Proceedings of the 1996 IECEC Meeting, Washington, D.C., August 1996.
  • ..., Norris, P.M., and O'Leary, G.W., "A Modern Numerical/Graphical Approach to Teaching Heat Transfer," Presented at University Programs in Computer-Aided Engineering, Design & Manufacturing (UPCAEDM) '96 Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia, June 1996.



  • Connors, V.S., Reichle, H.G., Morrow, W., Companion, J., Sandy, M., Hall, C.D., Wood, H. and Ribando, R.J., "The MicroMAPS Project: A NASA - Virginia Space Grant Consortium Initiative," Poster presented at American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Dec. 8-12, San Francisco, CA. Abstract published in EOS Trans. AGU, 84(46), Fall Meet. Suppl. Abstract A41E-0728.
  • Hopkins, P.E., Tangen, S.A., Ribando, R.J., Wood, H.G. and Connors, V.S., " MicroMAPS Missions for CO Detection," Poster presented at American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Dec. 8-12, San Francisco, CA. Abstract published in EOS Trans. AGU, 84(46), Fall Meet. Suppl. Abstract A41E-0729.
  • "Innovations in Heat Transfer Education: Integrating Thermal Sciences into the Capstone Design Experience," Invited Panelist, 2003 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress, Nov. 19, 2003, Washington, D.C.
  • ..., " Ninety Years of Presidential Flight," Northern Virginia Chapter of ASME, September 24, 2003.
  • ..., "Monster Reciprocating Engines of the 1930's and 40's" (Multi-media presentation)
    MAE Department Seminar, Nov. 14, 2002
    Charlottesville Aviation Luncheon Club, Nov. 20, 2002
    UVa Technology, Culture and Communication Division Seminar,
  • ..., "Teaching Modules for Heat Transfer," Shenandoah Section-Roanoke Chapter of ASHRAE, March 20, 1997.
  • ... and O'Leary, G.W., "A Partial Studio Model for Teaching Heat Transfer," University of Notre Dame, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering seminar, February 14, 1997.
  • ..., "Report on 1995-96 Teaching and Technology Initiative Project," Fall University of Virginia Board of Visitors Meeting, November 8, 1996.
  • ..., "A Partial Studio Model for Teaching Heat Transfer," Virginia Tech, Department of Mechanical Engineering seminar, September 23, 1996.
  • ..., "A Studio Model for Teaching Undergraduate Heat Transfer," Cornell University, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering seminar, August 23, 1996.
  • ..., "Electronic Classroom Development at the University of Virginia," Invited presentation at State Council of Higher Education Workshop on Inserting Technology into the Engineering Curriculum, September 29, 1993, Blacksburg, Virginia.



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  • McDaniel, J., Matthews, G., May, J., Thornton, E., Ribando, R. and Goyne, C., "A Brief History of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia," Chap. 21 in Aerospace Education in America during 100 Years of Human Flight, AIAA Press, in press.
  • ...,"CGEP from an Instructor's Viewpoint," Virginia's Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program 20th Anniversary Newsletter, June 2003.
  • ...,"Heat Transfer Projects Manual," includes CD, Fall 1999, 110 pages. (Predecessor to Heat Transfer Tools book).
  • ..., "MAE 672 Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer Projects and Course Notes," Spring 1998, 176 pages for use in televised course.
  • ..., "Software for Heat and Mass Transfer, web document, includes a thorough description of all software now included in Heat Transfer Tools, 8/27/98.
  • ..., "MEC 339 Aviation Art Collection," web document, includes a description of each of 24 prints in the collection and a panoramic VRML tour, 1/2/99.
  • ..., "My White House Days - A View from the Bottom," web document containing a complete hyperlinked history of Presidential and VIP flight, 12/23/98.
  • ..., "Big, Old Lycoming Engines," web document, 12/31/98.