Dr. Michael Pate, Professor
Director, Riverside Energy Efficiency Laboratory
Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department Texas A&M University
Dr. Michael Pate graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1970 and served as a U.S. Naval Officer aboard nuclear submarines for 5 years. He later pursued and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arkansas and Purdue University, respectively. In 1982, he joined the faculty as a professor at Iowa State University, where he taught classes and performed research in HVAC, refrigeration, heat transfer, building energy, alternative energy, and compressed air systems for 26 years. In 2008, he became a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University where he also serves as the Director of the Riverside Energy Efficiency Laboratory (REEL).
His total research funding level in the building energy and HVAC area since 1982 has been in excess of six million dollars from 90 separate research projects representing 25 different funding sources, including 10 different ASHRAE funded projects. In addition, these research projects have supported 90 graduate students, including 62 M.S. students and 28 Ph.D. students. In fact, six former graduate students are now tenured professors at other universities, with all of them being significantly involved with teaching and research activities in the HVAC and energy areas. His research work performed to date has been published in 130 articles. Over the years other publications have been in book chapters and project reports. In the case of ASHRAE funded projects, the research results have been used to update technical information in the ASHRAE Handbooks.