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Christopher J. Kobus, Ph.D.

Christopher J. Kobus Headshot Director of Outreach, Recruitment and Retention 
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering Department
301 EC; (248) 370-2489; Fax: (248) 370-4416
[email protected]

Ph.D., Oakland University, 1998


  • Director of Engineering and Energy Education
  • OU INC Clean Energy Research Center (CERC)
  • OU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Faculty Fellow
  • Joined Oakland University in 1998
  • Member of ASME, ASEE, Tau Beta Pi


  • SECS Faculty Teaching Award, 2014
  • SECS Faculty Teaching Award, 2014
  • Recipient of the 2013 Dr. Wilbert J. McKeachie International Poster Prize for best
    poster at the 7th Annual OU-Windsor Conference on Teaching and Learning
  • Alternative Energy Systems
  • Energy Management
  • Thermal Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
  • Fluid and Thermal System Design
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Dynamics
  • Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering


  • Clean Energy Applied Research
  • Energy Efficiency, Energy Management, Transient and Unstable Behavior in Two-Phase Evaporating and Condensing Flow
  • Single and Multitube Systems
  • Combined Forced and Natural Convective Heat Transfer
  • Boundary Layer Theory
  • Analytical and Experimental Techniques Associated with Steady-State and Time Varying Fluid and Thermal Systems, Components, and Processes

“One of my research areas is in energy efficiency in maintaining our standard of living, but minimizing the environmental footprint necessary to do so. The biggest challenge to humanity has historically been survival, but now is sustainability and that affects everything and everyone.”
-Chris Kobus

Selected Publications

1. Wang, X., Kobus, C. J., Dean, B.. “First Year Experience of Running the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) in Alternative Energy and Automotive Engineering Program,” Proceedings of the 2017 ASEE Conference and Exhibition, Columbus, OH, June 25-28, 2017.

2. Kobus, C.J., “True-Temperature Reconstruction From Combined Conduction and Transient Thermocouple Temperature Lag Errors In Single-Phase Convection,” Proceedings of the 2013 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Summer Heat Transfer Conference, July 14-19, Minneapolis, MN.

3. Kobus, C.J., “Utilizing The Integral Technique To Determine The Similarity Variable In Classical Heat Transfer Problems – One Dimensional Heat Conduction In A Finite Or Semi-Infinite Solid,” Proceedings of the 2013 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Summer Heat Transfer Conference, July 14-19, Minneapolis, MN.

School of Engineering and Computer Science

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Rochester , MI 48309-447
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