Huang, Francis F. (1922-2001)

Huang, Francis F. (1922-2001)

Date Updated



Mechanical Engineering

Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU

1991 (FERPED 1985-1991)

Educational Background

World University, Arizona, 1990 Cultural Doctorate in Energy Science (Hon)

Columbus University, 1964 Prof. Mech. Engr.

Stanford University, Mechanical Engineering, 1952 MS,

San Jose State College, Production Engineering., 1951 BS,

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1958-1991

Asst. Professor, 1958-1962

Assoc. Professor, 1962-1967

Columbia University, National Science Foundation Science Faculty Fellow, 1962- 1964

Professor, 1967-1991

Chairman of Mechanical Engineering Department, 1973-1981

Professor Emeritus, 1991-

Administrative and Professional Experience

Worked as a Design Engineer for the M. W. Kellogg Co. in New York City, 1952­-1958.

Served to the rank of Captain in the Chinese Army in WWII.

Selected Publications

Engineering Thermodynamics. Fundamentals and Applications, 2nd ed., 1988, Prentice­-Hall. (Translated into Chinese and Spanish on 1st ed. Spanish edition on 2nd ed. came out in 1994.)


15 technical articles published in Journal and/or Conference Proceedings, mainly on the application of the 2nd law of thermodynamics in the performance evaluation and design of combined‑cycle gas‑steam power plants and cogenerations systems.

Personal Commentary

Living in a high‑tech region of the country, my main research interest is relatively low‑tech: energy conservation and efficient energy use with particular emphasis on the application of the second law of thermodynamics in the analysis and synthesis of energy systems involving the use of gas‑turbine engines. I hope to organize my publications and research in recent years into a book tentatively titled Design and Optimization of Energy Systems, which would be my last "hurrah" on this planet earth.

Yes, there is life after retirement.

Date Completed: 9/96

Adapted from: Biographies of Retired Faculty San Jose State University 1997: A Project of the Emeritus Faculty Association of San Jose State University. San Jose, CA: The University, 1997.


Huang, Francis F. (1922-2001)