José L. Lage, Ph.D.

José L. Lage

José L. Lage, Ph.D.

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Office Location: Embrey 200E

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  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Duke University

  • M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ), Brazil

  • B.Sc. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, PUC-RJ, Brazil


José Lage joined SMU in 1991 as a tenure-track assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering (ME). A licensed Texas Professional Engineer, he is the founder of the Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics Laboratory at SMU funded by $3 million of grants from the NSF, NIST, DOE and several industries. His expertise spans the realm of Thermal Sciences, with fundamental and practical research in single- and multi-phase heat and mass exchangers, power production and transferring, air-conditioning, ventilation and environmental systems, and micro-electronics, among others. He served as the Associate Chair of the ME Dep (2000-2002), the President of the SMU Faculty Senate (2011-2012), and more recently as the National Science Foundation (NSF) Director of the Thermal Transport Processes Program (2015-2019) being responsible for the invitation, evaluation, and recommendation of all NSF research grants in his area. He has over 200 publications and one patent, 36 h-index and more than 5,400 citations. Prof. Lage has been elected an Honorary Member of Pi Tau Sigma and a Fellow of the ASME. He has been invited and served twice as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Sigma Xi for Outstanding Research, the ASEE for Outstanding Teaching, the ASME-NTS Engineer of the Year, and the SMU Golden Mustang. He has been a Visiting Professor of the Swiss Federal Institute of Engineering (ETH-Zurich), and of the Federal University of Technology Parana (UTF-PR-Brazil). In 2014 he was elected member of the Scientific Council of the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer.

Honors and Awards

  • ENAHPE Invited Keynote Speaker, IX National Meeting of Oil and Gas Well Construction, Caiobá, Brazil, Aug 2023

  • Invited Distinguish Speaker, Brigham Young University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Provo, UT, Nov 201

  • AFRL-FIU Invited Keynote Speaker, AFRL–FIU Symposium on Physics of Evolutionary Design in Aerospace Systems, Miami, FL, Apr 2019

  • COBEM Invited Keynote Speaker, 24th ABCM International Congress of Mechanical Engineering, Curitiba, Brazil, Dec 2017



  • Design of Complex Heat Exchangers
  • Thermodynamics Systems and Processes
  • Alveolar Gas Exchange
  • Transport in Porous Media

Recent Publications

  • Lage, J.L. et al., “Celebration of Professor Adrian Bejan on His 70th Birthday,” Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, 126, 1377-1378, 2018.
  • Lugarini, A., Franco, A.T., Junqueira, S.L.M., Lage, J.L., “Natural Convection and Surface Radiation in a Heated Wall, C-Shaped Fracture,” J. Heat Transfer – Trans ASME, 140, 082501-9, 2018.
  • Mirehei, M. and Lage, J.L., “The Rayleigh Number Effect on the Periodic Heating of an Enclosure Filled with a Fluid and Discrete Solid Blocks,” J. Heat Transfer – Trans ASME, 140, 102503-8, 2018.
  • Amaral, D.D. and Lage, J.L., "In-Plane and Out-of-Plane T-Shaped Conductive Cold Plate Networks," J. Heat Mass Transfer – Trans ASME, 145, 031402-8, 2023.