Gary Solbrekken

Gary Solbrekken

Gary Solbrekken, Teaching Professor

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Gary Solbrekken Portrait


Dr. Gary L. Solbrekken is a teaching professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Missouri. He is also part of the Nuclear Engineering Program. He previously managed a thermal laboratory for Intel Corp. and holds four U.S. patents in the area of thermal management. His projects have been funded by Intel, W.L. Gore and Associates, Argonne National Lab, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, Y-12 National Security Complex and MU. He studies fluid-structure interaction, influence of material property changes caused by nuclear radiation in structural materials, thermal/mechanical effects in packaging of nuclear and electronic devices, system level implementation of thermoelectric devices, cryopreservation of biological tissues, and using resonant acoustics to evaluate structural aging. He has collaborated with industry, national labs, biologists, accelerator facilities, and the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR). He currently serves as chair of the MURR reactor safety-subcommittee and on the reactor advisory committee.


PhD from the University of Minnesota
MS from the University of Minnesota
BS from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Technical Focus

Thermal management of energy and biological systems

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