Dr. Robert Braun promoted to Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Congratulations to Dr. Robert Braun for his promotion to Professor of Mechanical Engineering! Dr. Braun leads research in the Thermal Fluid and Energy Systems division of the ME department. He is the director of the Advanced Energy Systems research group, which applies systems-level modeling, analysis and optimization to accelerate the development of highly efficient and cost-effective clean energy systems, including high-temperature fuel cell and membrane technologies, biorefineries, and concentrating solar power plants. Prior to joining Mines in 2008, Dr. Braun was a project lead and senior engineer with United Technologies Research Center and UTC Power. He holds BS and MS degrees from Marquette University and a PhD from University of Wisconsin–Madison. After earning his PhD, he had a visiting researcher appointment at the Technical University of Munich in Germany.
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