Dr. George Sidebotham
Professor of Engineering Mechanics
Dr. Sidebotham is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy for the 2018/2019 academic year. He has been a full time Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. His teaching expertise is in the thermal/fluid field and has taught many classes outside that specialty. His research interests are in combustion, refrigeration, energy and has a growing portfolio of textbook publications.
A full time faculty member at the Cooper Union since 1989 (2 years in Mechanical, 12 years in Chemical, back to Mechanical since 2003), Prof. Sidebotham is committed first to undergraduate education and second to academic research, in-so-much as the latter can facilitate the former. He received his PhD from Princeton University, where his area of specialty was fundamental investigations of combustion phenomena, specifically, to the formation of soot in laminar diffusion flames. At Cooper, his classes are primarily in the thermal/fluids area, and he has begun writing textbooks based on his course notes developed over 20 years. In research, he played an active role in investigating fire safety in operating room environments in collaboration with an anesthesiologist (Gerald Wolf). 12 Cooper Union students completed Masters Theses (and several High School internships and undergraduate projects) on this topic, and the work was published in several medical and engineering venues. He is a co-inventor (with Greg Loibl, Masters student and Prof. Irv Brazinski) of the Cooper Cooling Process, whose patent and follow-up patents are owned by The Cooper Union, and 13 follow-up Masters thesis and approximately 100 undergraduate projects. He co-founded a start-up company to exploit those patents with Greg Loibl (the principle entrepreneur). Several commercial products have produced a net revenue stream for the Cooper Union and the product line is expanding. A future goal is to create a Center for Energy Research at Cooper that will focus on developing, through project work, young talented professionals who will responsibly address present and future energy challenges.
Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received 6/88., Princeton University, Princeton, NJ., Thesis: “An Inverse Co-Flow Approach to Sooting Laminar Diffusion Flames.”, Advisor: Irvin Glassman
M.A., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received 5/84, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, received 5/82, Trinity College, Hartford, CT.
Honors & Awards
Exxon Teaching Fellowship, Princeton University, 1986.
Guggenheim Fellowship, Princeton University, 1982.
ASME prize; awarded by the Hartford Chapter of ASME to the senior with the highest record in the Engineering Department, 1982.
President’s Fellow in Engineering, Trinity College, class of 1982.
Phi Beta Kappa, Trinity College, 1982.
Research and Scholarly Interests
Combustion, refrigeration, energy, Artineering
“Heat Transfer Modeling: An Inductive Approach” Springer International Publishing 2015
“Microgravity Opposed Flow Flame Spread in Polyvinyl Chloride Tubes” by Sidebotham, GW and Sandra Olson. Combustion and Flame, v.154 pp.789-801 (2008).
“The Oxygen Index of Surgical Drape Materials”, by Serrao GW, Micou MK, Sidebotham, GW and Wolf, GL. Journal of ASTM International, March 15, 2006.
“Flammability of Intestinal Gases During Nitrous Oxide Anesthesia.” Sidebotham, G., Stoffa, D, Wolf, GL., Flammability and Sensitivity of Materials in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres: Eighth Volume, ASTM STP 1319, W.T. Royals, T.C. Chou, and T.A. Steinberg, Eds., American Society for Testing and Materials, 1997.
“Intraluminal Flame Spread in Tracheal Tubes.” Wolf, G.L., Sidebotham, G.W. and Stern, J.B., Laryngoscope, Vol. 104, no.7, July 1994.
“Airway Fires During Surgery.” Wolf, G.L., and Sidebotham, G.W., in Recent Advances in Anesthesia and Analgesia, Atkinson and Adams, Eds., Churchill Livingstone, 1994.
“Laparoscopy Explosion Hazards with Nitrous Oxide.” Neuman, G.G, Sidebotham, G.W., Negoianu, E., Bernstein, J., Kopman, A.F., Hicks, R.G., West, S.T., and Haring, L., Anesthesiology, Vol. 78, #5, May 1993.
“A Test Method for Measuring the Minimum Oxygen Concentration to Support an Intraluminal Flame.” Sidebotham, G.W., Cross, J.A. and Wolf, G.L.. Flammability and Sensitivity of Materials in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres: Sixth Volume, ASTM STP 1197, Dwight D. Jannoff and Joel M. Stoltzfus, Eds., American Society for Testing and Materials, Philadelphia, 1993.
“Spontaneous Ignition Temperature of Tracheal Tubes.” Wolf, G.L., McGuire, J.G., Nolan, P.F. and Sidebotham, G.W.. Flammability and Sensitivity of Materials in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres: Sixth Volume, ASTM STP 1197, Dwight D. Jannoff and Joel M. Stoltzfus, Eds., American Society for Testing and Materials, Philadelphia, 1993.
“Flame Temperature, Fuel Structure and Fuel Concentration Effects on Soot Formation in Inverse Diffusion Flames.” G.W. Sidebotham and I. Glassman. Combustion and Flame, Vol. 90, pp. 269-283, 1992.
“Effect of Oxygen Addition to a Near-Sooting Ethene Inverse Diffusion Flame.” G.W. Sidebotham and I. Glassman. Combustion Science and Technology, Vol. 81, 4-6, p. 207, 1992.
“Pyrolysis Zone Structure of Allene, 1,3 Butadiene and Benzene Laminar Co-Flowing Diffusion Flames.” G.W. Sidebotham, K. Saito and I. Glassman. Presented at the Second International Congress on Toxic Combustion By-Products: Formation and Control, March 1991. Published in Combustion Science and Technology, Vol. 85, 1-6 p. 283, 1992.
“Endotracheal Tube Fires; a Flame Spread Phenomena.” G.W. Sidebotham, G.L. Wolf, J. Stern and R. Aftel. Flammability and Sensitivity of Materials in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres: Fifth Volume, ASTM STP 1111, Joel M. Stoltzfus, editor, American Society for Testing and Materials, Philadelphia, 1991.
“Sooting Behavior in Temperature Controlled Laminar Diffusion Flames.” A. Gomez, G.W. Sidebotham and I. Glassman; Combustion and Flame, v.58 pp.45-57 (1984).