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Professor, Director of the Alabama Industrial Assessment Center

Alabama Industrial Assessment Center, Mechanical Engineering

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  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1984
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Alabama, 1981
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Alabama, 1979


Dr. Keith A. Woodbury is a professor of mechanical engineering at The University of Alabama and director of the Alabama Industrial Assessment Center.

The Alabama Industrial Assessment Center, or AIAC, is one of 28 centers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to educate engineering student employees in energy efficiency through on-site assessments of industrial manufacturing facilities. Woodbury has led student teams on over 200 energy assessments, identifying efficiency opportunities throughout the manufacturing facility. AIAC was named the 2011 “Center of Excellence” by the Department of Energy.

Woodbury’s academic research in inverse problems in heat transfer has included applications to metal casting and investigation of measurement error effects on inversion. Recent research under his direction has focused on development of algorithms for near real-time solution of the inverse heat conduction problem.

He is the editor of the Inverse Engineering Handbook (CRC, 2005), and is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ K-20 Committee on Computational Heat Transfer.

Woodbury is passionate about contemporary energy issues and the energy future for our society. He teaches courses related to energy including “Sustainable Energy” and “Energy Conservation and Management.”

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

  • Samadi, F.; Woodbury, K.A.; Beck, J.V., “Evaluation of generalized polynomial function specification methods,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. July 2018 122:1116-1127 Language: English. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2018.02.018, Database: ScienceDirect
  • Carpenter, Joseph, Woodbury, Keith A., and O’Neill, Zheng, “Using change-point and Gaussian process models to create baseline energy models in industrial facilities: A comparison,” Applied Energy, Volume 213, 1 March 2018, Pages 415–425
  • Golden, A., Woodbury, K. A., Carpenter, J., O’Neill, Z., “Change point and degree day baseline regression models in industrial facilities,” Energy and Buildings, v 144, June 2017, pp. 30–41
  • Woodbury, K. A., Najafi, H., and Beck, J. V., “Exact analytical solution for 2-D transient heat conduction in a rectangle with partial heating on one edge,” Int. J. Thermal Sciences, v 112, Feb 2017, pp. 252-262
  • Beck, J. V., and Woodbury, K. A., Inverse heat conduction problem: Sensitivity coefficient insights, filter coefficients, and intrinsic verification; International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, June 2016, pp. 578-588