Year Inducted / Awarded: 2010
Member Award: Academy of Distinguished Engineers
Lee S. Langston, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Langston joined UConn in 1977 following more than a decade in engineering positions with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, East Hartford. With expertise in heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, his research on turbine blade cascade/end wall interactions, known collectively as the “Langston cascade,” is widely regarded and heavily cited by the gas turbine research community. Furthermore, he was instrumental in convincing UConn to build the $80M combined-cycle cogeneration plant that supplies electricity, heat and cooling to the entire Storrs campus. Dr. Langston served as Interim Dean of the School of Engineering from 1997-’98. He was Vice President (’97-’00) and a member of the Board of Directors (’90-’00, ’05-’09) of the International Gas Turbine Institute of ASME, and he has served as editor-in-chief of the Transactions of the ASME, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power (’01-’06). He is a Life Fellow of ASME and a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering. He has 60 scholarly journal publications and one patent. Dr. Langston received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in 1960 and 1964, respectively.