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Dr Issa Chaer

Dr Issa Chaer

Director of Enterprise, School of The Built Environment and Architecture

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    Built Environment and Architecture / Civil and Building Services Engineering

Issa is a Chartered Engineer with a BEng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Heat Transfer.

He is an active research academic with interests in energy conversion and energy management including CHP and trigeneration systems, refrigeration, alternative and renewable technologies, life cycle assessment, heat transfer, and energy conversion, food processing and food manufacturing, and novel techniques to reduce energy demand and carbon emission within the engineering sector.

Teaching activities over the last 10 years:

  • Heat and Mass Transfer - 2009 to date
  • Thermo and Fluid Dynamics - 2007 to date
  • Engineering Mathematics - 2007 to date
  • Heating Ventilation and Water Services | Laboratory Academic Supervisor - 2007 to date
  • Thermal Environment | Laboratory Academic Supervisor - 2007 to date
  • Design Application -2009 to date
  • Computer applications in the general areas of engineering - 2007 to 2009
  • Refrigeration and Air conditioning | Distance Learning Tutor -2004 to 2007
  • Building Heat Transfer and Air Conditioning | Distance Learning Tutor - 2002 to 2007
  • Energy conversion and energy management | Distance Learning Tutor - 2002 to 2007

Issa has a research portfolio spanning over 15 years with evidence of significant contribution to the advancement of engineering knowledge at national and international levels including over 60 conference and journal articles. He also has a good record of managing research projects and securing research funds (over £1.2 million in the last 5 years, mainly industrial).

Current Research topics:

  • Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment of Remanufactured and Refurbished Refrigerated Display Cabinets (EPSRC Funded Case Award).LDA and CFD Calibrations of Airflow-Measurement Instruments in Industry
  • Sustainable low carbon and renewable technologies (Mechanical and Electrical)
  • Reduction of refrigerant leakage and emissions
  • Heat transfer enhancement in refrigeration systems
  • Solar driven refrigeration
  • Alternative cooling technologies

Awards and Achievements:

  • The HTFS prize for the best paper presented at the 7th UK National Conference on Heat Transfer, 2001
  • The Energy Institute, Innovation Award 2005, as part of "Doug Marriott associates"
  • The IoR Kenneth Lightfoot Medal, for the session 2007/2008
  • The Cooling Industry Gold Award for the Real Zero Project 2009. Collaborative partner with the Institute of Refrigeration winning
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  • Fellow of the Institute of Refrigeration
  • Chartered Engineer (Engineering Council)
  • Member of the Institution of Building Services Engineers
  • Member of the Working Party on Mitigation of Direct Emissions of Greenhouse Gases (International Institute of Refrigeration)
  • Reviewer for the Innovation and the Built Environment Academy (IBEA)
  • Editor of the International Journal of Sustainable Energy Development