Prof Kyle Daun, PhD., P. Eng., FASME

Director of WatLIT

Portrait of Kyle Daun

Kyle Daun is from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He received his BSc in mechanical engineering from the University of Manitoba (1997), his MASc from the University of Waterloo (1999) and his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin (2003). His dissertation on design optimization of radiant enclosures was nominated for a Dissertation of the Year Award.

From 2004-2007 he worked at the National Research Council (NRC) Canada as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow and later as a research officer. While at NRC he researched thermal radiation in solid oxide fuel cells and developed laser-based combustion diagnostics, including line-of-sight-attenuation spectroscopy (LOSA) and laser-induced incandescence (LII).

In 2007 he returned to the University of Waterloo. He has published over 250 research contributions, including over 100 journal papers. Professor Daun is a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, a DFG Mercator Fellow, and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering. He has received the Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence (2013) and Research Excellence (2019) awards, and in 2010 he won the JQSRT Ray Viskanta Young Scientist Award, which recognizes the top international researcher in thermal radiation under 36 years of age. He is a professional engineer (Ontario) and a member of the ASME and Sigma Xi.

In 2020 Professor Daun co-authored Thermal Radiation Heat Transfer, 7th Ed.