Kenneth Ball is the dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering. Prior to joining Mason in 2012, he was L. S. Randolph Professor and head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech since 2004. He was previously the Temple Foundation Endowed Faculty Fellow in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.
Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, Ball served as the Temple Foundation Endowed Faculty Fellow in Engineering No. 5 at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1992, he received the National Science Foundation’s Young Investigator Award. Mr. Ball is also a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a registered Professional Engineer.
During his career, Mr. Ball has published more than 100 technical articles and reports on topics such as computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer; transport phenomena in materials processing and manufacturing; and turbulent flow, and has given more than 80 technical presentations at conferences and workshops. In addition, he has more than $20 million in externally sponsored funding for current and completed projects and program development in mechanical and nuclear engineering. He also has two U.S. Patents filed or in application.
Mr. Ball received his PhD from Drexel University and served as a post-doctoral research associate in the Center for Fluid Mechanics, Turbulence and Computation at Brown University. He holds a master of science in mechanical engineering from Drexel University and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University.