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James S. Cotton, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Too often, most of the energy used in industrial production and other businesses goes to waste. In fact, we waste up to 70% of energy used in energy transmission through electricity, natural gas, pipe oil pathways that supply our homes and communities.

Jim Cotton is finding ways to gather energy through harvesting heat. With a focus on integrated energy systems, Cotton and his research team are currently working on several projects, including capturing lost energy from Pizza Pizza’s ovens. Jim's research initiatives include both experimental and computational investigations of heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid dynamics and topics addressing fundamental issues in the thermal sciences as well as integrated technologies for real life thermal management problems