- Ph.D., 1986 Michigan State University
- M.S., 1979 University of Minnesota
- B.S., 1977 Iowa State University
Dr. Cole has developed a laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study hot-film sensors, thermal properties of solids, and fluid flow in biomedical devices. He has conducted research for Sandia National Laboratories, NASA, the Army Research Office, and the National Science Foundation, as well as for private industry. He is co-author of a reference book on heat conduction and maintains a website called the Green's Function Library. He is leading a team developing the ExACT Analytical Conduction Toolbox funded by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Cole advises the UNL Aerospace Club whose student members build airplanes, rockets, and robots for national and international competitions. Dr. Cole is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and is a registered professional engineer.
Analytical Methods via Internet
Objective: to develop analytical solutions to engineering problems with advanced mathematical tools, and to promote these techniques on the internet. The Green's Function Library (www.greensfunction.unl.edu) is a resource for engineers, scientists, mathematicians, geologists, or anyone working with linear differential equations of the diffusion type. The ExACT Analytical Conduction Toolbox (exact.unl.edu) is a collection of exact solutions cataloged by a unique numbering system and packaged with verified computational algorithms and high-precision numerical values, to make them accessible for present-day engineering applications.
Objective: develop replacement heart valves designed for infants with profound birth defects, by laboratory studies and computational simulations.
Objective: develop fluid-flow sensors based on thermal measurements. Recently this work was extended to thermal effects in microchannels, with application in electronic cooling and in lab-on-a-chip testing devices.
Objective: to determine optimal methods to measure thermal properties and gas-diffusion properties, and to analyze experimental data with statistical methods to extract the maximum possible information.