Dr. Rebecca Webb

Dr. Rebecca Webb

Dr. Rebecca Webb earned her Ph.D. from Oregon State University in 2005, a M.S. from Pennsylvania State University in 2000, and a B.S. from the University of Rhode Island in 1998, all in mechanical engineering. In between her degrees, Rebecca spent time in industry working as a R&D engineer for Agilent Technologies and as a senior engineer for Directed Energy Solutions. She currently is an assistant professor with the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Rebecca teaches a variety of thermal fluid science classes, works on several different research projects, and runs the Sustainable Energy Collection and Transport (SECanT) Laboratory.

Rebecca’s current research focus is in the thermal fluid sciences; specifically microscale fluid flow and heat transfer. She is working on both applied and basic research in these areas, all with the ultimate goal of improving system efficiencies and helping create a more sustainable future. Her work leverages off both her academic and industrial background. Ongoing studies are a combination of analytical, experimental and computational work. The goal of her current work is to examine the effect of adding microstructures to the surface of a system exposed to radiation. Preliminary results show the addition of these structures enhances heat transfer.

Relevant Publications

Horvath, J.A. and R.N. Webb, “Experimental Study of Radiation Absorption by Microchannels of Varying Aspect Ratios” Solar Energy Journal, accepted for publication February 2011.

Horvath, J.A., Boartfield, A.G., and R.N. Webb, “Enhanced Heat Collection Element Performance Through Surface Geometry”, submitted to the 5th International Conference on Energy Sustainability in February 2011.


Current Research Projectspicture of another solar collector

Enhanced Solar Collection Efficiency
Using Microscale Physic



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