Professor Creates Khalifa Energy Systems Award Fund
This award will recognize the achievement of a graduating senior in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, with a GPA of 3.4 or higher, who has also completed the Minor in Energy Systems program.
Khalifa was instrumental in the design of the minor and wants to encourage more students to pursue this program. As an active researcher in the area of energy systems, particularly as it applies to environmental control and energy conversion systems, Khalifa has long recognized the gap between the needs in industry for career professionals with an understanding of energy challenges and potential solutions and students graduating with those types of credentials.
“Energy sources, conversion and conservation are areas of global importance and are the key to the creation of a sustainable world,” says Khalifa, “Through this gift I wanted to inspire the next generation of energy systems professionals through our dynamic energy curricula.”
The graduating student receiving the award will be selected prior to the college’s convocation ceremony each year.
Professor Khalifa is NYSTAR Distinguished Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, and founding director of the multi-institutional STAR Center for Environmental Quality Systems at the University. He served as chair of the department from 2014-2016.
His distinguished career spans over five decades of academic and industrial experience in engineering education, research, technology and product development, and R&D planning and execution. He joined Syracuse University in 2001, after a 23-year career as a researcher, manager and R&D Director at United Technologies Corp., where he was responsible for the development of a wide range of environmental control and energy conversion technologies and products. He served as the director of engineering of Carrier’s Carlyle Compressor Division from 1991 to 1998 and the director of the Carrier R&D program at United Technologies Research Center before retiring to join Syracuse University. He is author and coauthor of more than 120 papers and nine patents, and coeditor and coauthor of “A sourcebook on the production of electricity from geothermal energy.” He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.