Richard A. Beier is a professor in mechanical engineering technology. He received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as B.S. and M.S. degrees from Kansas State University, all in mechanical engineering. Early in his career he taught within the School of Engineering Technology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Prior to coming to OSU in 2000, he acquired 18 years of industrial experience with Conoco Inc., the DuPont Company, and Factory Mutual Research at locations in Oklahoma, Delaware, New Mexico, Texas, and Massachusetts. While at Conoco he worked as a reservoir engineer in research, technical service, and operational positions. Much of his worked focused on describing the flow of natural gas and oil through heterogeneous rocks. While a member of DuPont's process engineering group, he applied heat transfer principles in designing of a wide variety of equipment in the chemical processing industry. His contributions at Factory Mutual Research were in the area of fire research.
He has performed research and published in the areas of petroleum reservoir engineering, radiation heat transfer, convection heat transfer, fire research, combustion, ground-source heat pumps, building cooling loads, and applications of fractals.
Professor Beier currently teaches Thermal Fluids Lab (MET 4463), Basic Basic Thermodynamics (MET 3343), and Heat Transfer (MET 4433).