Adrian Bejan

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Adrian Bejan
Born Galaţi, Romania
Education MIT (1971,1972,1975)
Occupation Professor of mechanical engineering at the Duke University
Known for Mechanical engineering, the constructal law

Adrian Bejan is an American professor who developed the constructal law of design and evolution in nature. He is J. A. Jones Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke University.[1]

Adrian Bejan was born in Galaţi, a port town located on the Danube in Romania. His mother, Marioara Bejan (1914–1998), was a pharmacist.[2][non-primary source needed] His father, Dr. Anghel Bejan (1910–1976), was a veterinarian.[3][non-primary source needed] Adrian Bejan showed an early talent in drawing, and his parents enrolled him in art school. He also excelled in basketball, which earned him a position on the Romanian national basketball team. As a member of that team he traveled to Bulgaria and Hungary. At age 20 he participated in a math competition. The top six finalists were awarded an application form for an American university. Adrian Bejan was allowed to apply for admission to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was accepted in December 1968 and was allowed to leave for the US in February 1969[4] at a time when travel was severely restricted by the communist government of Romania.

Adrian Bejan received all his degrees from MIT: BS 1971 (Honors Course), MS 1972 (Honors Course), and PhD in 1975, all from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT.

Adrian Bejan was appointed full professor with tenure at Duke University in 1984. He was awarded the J.A. Jones distinguished professorship in 1989.[1]

Adrian Bejan has published 560 peer-reviewed articles and 25 books.[5] He pioneered numerous original methods in science, such as the constructal law of design and evolution in nature,[6][non-primary source needed][7][non-primary source needed][8][non-primary source needed][9][non-primary source needed][10][non-primary source needed] entropy generation minimization,[11][non-primary source needed] scale analysis[12][non-primary source needed] of convection, heatlines and masslines, transition to turbulence, and designed porous media.[13][non-primary source needed]

He was awarded 16 doctorates Honoris Causa from universities in 11 countries.

In 2002, he was listed by ISI among the top 100 Highly Cited in all Engineering.


  1. ^ a b Duke Mechanical Engineering Faculty, Adrian Bejan's page.
  2. ^ Bejan, Adrian (1998). "Questions in Fluid Mechanics: Natural Tree-Shaped Flows". Journal of Fluids Engineering 120: 429. doi:10.1115/1.2820673. 
  3. ^ Bejan, Adrian; Zane, J. Peder (2012). Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organization. Double Day. ISBN 9780385534611. 
  4. ^ "Meet Adrian Bejan". North Carolina Public Radio. 16 August 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Adrian Bejan's ISI page[dead link]
  6. ^ A. Bejan and S. Lorente, The constructal law and the thermodynamics of flow systems with configuration, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, 47, 2004, pp. 3203–3214. doi:10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2004.02.007.
  7. ^ A. Bejan and S. Lorente, Constructal theory of generation of configuration in nature and engineering, J. Appl. Phys., 100, 2006, 041301. doi:10.1063/1.2221896.
  8. ^ A. H. Reis, Constructal theory: from engineering to physics, and how flow systems develop shape and structure, Appl. Mech. Rev., 59, 2006, pp. 269–281. doi:10.1115/1.2204075.
  9. ^ A. Bejan and S. Lorente, The constructal law of design and evolution in nature, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 365, 2010, pp. 1335–1347.
  10. ^ A. Bejan and S. Lorente, The Constructal law and the evolution of design in nature, Physics of Life Reviews, 8, 2011, pp. 209–240.
  11. ^ A. Bejan, Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics, 3rd ed., Wiley, Hoboken, 2006.
  12. ^ A. Bejan, Convection Heat Transfer, 4th ed., Wiley, Hoboken, 2013.
  13. ^ D.A. Nield, A. Bejan, Convection in Porous Media, 4th ed., Springer, New York, 2013.

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