Steven Brown


I am vice provost and dean of graduate studies and professor of mechanical engineering at The Catholic University of America. My research interests include refrigeration and air conditioning, alternative refrigeration cycles, alternative refrigerants, organic Rankine cycles, alternative energy, thermodynamic modeling, two phase heat transfer, human thermal comfort modeling, and bio heat transfer. I am the recipient of the 2001 Ralph Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers, was named a DuPont Young Professor Award recipient for the period 2001-2004, received the 2010 ASHRAE Journal Best Paper Award, was awarded the Provost Award for Overall Teaching in 2011, elected an ASHRAE Fellow in 2013, received the International Journal of Refrigeration Best Paper Award for ones published in 2013/2014, and received the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award in 2015. I am an Associate Editor of Science and Technology for the Built Environment, and am active in ASME, IIR, and ASHRAE. I have been a registered professional engineer in the State of Maryland since 2001.

In additional to 20 years of teaching, research, and administrative experience at The Catholic University of America, I have nearly six years of experience working in the automotive industry, nearly two years of experience in a high-volume consumer products manufacturing facility, and have engaged in research and consulting work for NIST, NASA, ASHRAE, Ford Motor Company, DuPont, Dakota Consulting, KTC Consulting, Energetics Technologies Center, Chaberton Consulting, and Thar Technologies.