Faculty Profile: Dr. Michael Mckellar (Idaho Falls)
Michael McKellar joined the faculty of the University of Idaho in August of 2017. From 1991 to 2017, Dr. McKellar worked at Idaho National Laboratory as a research engineer where he performed research in the areas of hybrid refrigeration systems, nuclear integrated hybrid energy systems, integration of process heat applications to nuclear reactors, high temperature steam and carbon dioxide electrolysis, power conversion systems for small modular and micro nuclear reactors, radioactive waste treatment, and small-scale natural gas liquefaction. He had the honor of participating on a team that received the R&D 100 Award in 2006 for the small-scale liquefaction system.
For nearly two decades, Dr. McKellar has been an expert with process modeling, which expertise, he brings to the University of Idaho. His research continues in the areas of hybrid nuclear systems, power conversion development, and improving food processing. His favorite part of the University of Idaho is the students. He loves teaching! His current courses include a graduate class on thermodynamics and a course on modeling of thermal and chemical processes. He received a BSME at Brigham Young University (1984) and a MSME (1987) and Ph.D. (1992) at Purdue University.
Dr. McKellar is also a professional magician and performs magic throughout southeast Idaho and northern Utah. He and his wife Ellen have been married for 35 years and have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.