Kevin Cole

Kevin Cole

Kevin Cole
Contact Information:
W342C NH
City Campus (Lincoln)
(402) 472-5857

Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., 1986 Michigan State University
  • M.S., 1979 University of Minnesota
  • B.S., 1977 Iowa State University
Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Analytical Methods via Internet
  • Biomedical Devices
  • Fluid-flow Sensors
  • Inverse Problems

About Kevin Cole

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.

Selected Publications


  • Cole, K. D., Beck, J. V., Haji-Sheikh, A., and Litkouhi, B., "Heat Conduction Using Green's Functions," 2nd edition, Taylor and Francis, New York, 2011.

Recent Journal Papers:

  • Cole, K. D, Beck, J. V., Woodbury, K. A. de Monte, F., Intrinsic verification and a heat conduction database, Int. J. Thermal Sciences, vol. 78, pp. 36 – 47, 2014.
  • Cole, K. D., Cetin, B., and Brettmann, L., Microchannel heat transfer with slip flow and wall effects, AIAA J. Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, vol 28, No. 3, pp. 455-462, 2014.
  • Tian, T., and Cole, K. D., “Anisotropic Thermal Conductivity Measurements of Carbon-fiber/epoxy Composites, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, vol. 55 pp. 6530 – 6537, 2012.
  • Cole, K. D., and Cetin, B., The Effect of Axial Conduction on Heat Transfer in a Liquid Microchannel Flow, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, vol. 54, pp. 2542-2549, 2011.
  • Cole, K. D., “Steady-periodic Heating in Parallel-plate Microchannel Flow with Participating Walls”, International J. Heat Mass Transfer, vol. 53, pp. 870 – 878, 2010.
  • Cole, K. D., Tarawneh, C. M., Fuentes, A., Wilson, B. M., and, Navarro, L., "Thermal Models of Railroad Wheels and Bearings", International J. Heat Mass Transfer, vol. 53, pp. 1636 – 1645, 2010.
  • Haji-Sheikh, A., Beck, J. V., and Cole, K. D., "Steady-state Green’s Function Solution in Moving Media with Axial Conduction", International J. Heat Mass Transfer, vol. 53, no. 13, pp. 2583-2592, 2010.
  • Cole, K. D., Tarawneh, C. M., and Wilson, B., "Analysis of Flux-Based Fins for Estimation of Heat Transfer Coefficient", International J. Heat Mass Transfer, vol. 52, pp. 92 - 99, 2009.
  • Cole, K. D., and Crittenden, P. E. "Steady-periodic heating of a cylinder", J. Heat Transfer, vol. 131, p. 091301, 2009.
  • Beck, J. V, Wright, N., Haji-Sheikh, A., Cole, K. D., and Amos, D., Conduction in rectangular plates with boundary temperatures specified, International J. Heat Mass Transfer, vol. 51, pp. 4676 - 4690, 2008.
  • Cole, K. D., "Flush-mounted Steady-periodic Heated Film with Application to Shear-stress Measurement", Journal of Heat Transfer, vol. 130, no. 11, p. 111601, 2008.
  • Tarawneh, C., Cole, K. D., Wilson, B. M. and Alnaimat, F., "Experiments and Models for Thermal Response of Railroad Tapered Roller Bearings", Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, vol. 51, pp. 5794 - 5803, 2008.
  • Beck, J. V, and Cole, K. D. "Improving Convergence of Summations in Heat Conduction", International J. Heat Mass Transfer, vol. 50, pp. 257 - 268, 2007.
  • Cole, K. D., "Steady-periodic Green's Functions and Thermal-measurement Applications in Rectangular Coordinates," Journal of Heat Transfer, vol. 128, no. 7, pp. 709 - 716, 2006.

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