Ted Heindel is currently the Bergles Professor of Thermal Science in the department of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University. He is a co-principal investigator and is a member of the NSF NRT Predictive Plant Phenomics Program's leadership team. Heindel also holds a courtesy professor appointment in the department of chemical and biological engineering. He directs the Experimental Multiphase Flow Laboratory at ISU, which houses a unique instrument for performing x-ray visualization studies of large-scale complex fluid flows.
His research currently focuses on multiphase flow hydrodynamics (e.g., mixing in gas-liquid, gas-solid, and gas-liquid-solid flows), multiphase flow visualization and characterization using x-ray imaging technology, and particle-particle mixing. This work has applications in petroleum-based and bio-based chemical and fuel processing, energy generation, food processing, agricultural waste management, pulp and paper processing, mineral processing, and wastewater treatment. Dr. Heindel’s research program has been funded by over 45 projects supported through the NSF, USDA, DOE, the State of Iowa, and industrial partners. He has co-authored one book and published over 70 peer-reviewed journal papers and over 200 conference papers, abstracts, and technical reports.