Claridge named Jordan Professor
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Dr. David Claridge, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named holder of the Leland T. Jordan Professorship in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. A Texas A&M faculty member since 1986, Claridge's research interests are in building commissioning, analysis techniques for building energy data and heat transfer in buildings, with more than 280 publications in these areas. Claridge is also associate director of the Energy Systems Laboratory in the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). Before coming to Texas A&M, Claridge was an associate professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering at the University of Colorado. He also worked for the Solar Energy Research Institute in Golden, Colo., and for the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Claridge is a registered professional engineer in Texas and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is also a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), and a past chair of ASME's Solar Energy Division. Claridge was named a Congressional Science Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1976, a TEES Fellow in 1997 and 1998 and a TEES Senior Fellow in 1999. He has received the Distinguished Service Award and the E.K. Campbell Award of Merit from ASHRAE for his outstanding service and achievement in teaching. He has won the best paper award on conservation and solar buildings from the ASME Solar Energy division three times. Claridge was named holder of the Dresser Industries Professorship at Texas A&M in 1996 and holder of the E.D. Brockett Professorship for 2001-02. In 2000, he was named a Northrup Grumman Fellow in the Dwight Look College of Engineering. He also received a graduate teaching award from the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1997. Claridge holds a bachelor's degree in engineering physics from Walla Walla College, and a master's degree and a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University.