Milivoje M. Kostic

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Tel: 815-753-9975
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  • Dipl. -Ing (B.S.+) 1975 and M.S. (1978) in Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois in Chicago (1984)

Research Interests

Thermodynamics and Energy fundamentals and applications; Nano-fluids, Non-Newtonian flows and heat transfer; Computational and Experimental methods with computerized data acquisition; Design, analysis, and optimization of fluid/thermal/energy components and systems.

Work Experience

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, NIU (1988-present)
  • Research Associate, Energy Resources Center, University of Illinois at Chicago (1984-5)
  • Chief Researcher, Energy and Thermal Engineering, Center for Research and Development, Copper and Aluminum Rolling Mills Corporation at Sevojno, Yugoslavia (1985-6)
  • Assistant (tenure-track faculty member), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia (1978-81)
  • Researcher, The Vinca Institute for Nuclear Sciences at Vinca-Belgrade, Yugoslavia (1976-8)

Special Appointments

  • Guest Faculty Research Participation Program at ANL (2004-05)
  • Scientist at NIU’s Institute for Nano-Science, Engineering & Technology (InSET, 2004-now)
  • Guest Scientist-Sabbatical at Fermilab (Fall 2003)
  • NASA Faculty Fellow (Summer 2003)

Professional Associations and Honors

  • Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2011-present
  • Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Active in Fluids Engineering, Heat Transfer, Advanced Energy Systems, and Solar Energy Divisions, 1988-present
  • Member of the Society of Rheology, a member society of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), 1993-present
  • Member of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), 1997-present
  • Reviewer of professional articles and books for different publishers and R&D proposals for NSF, AAAS and other state and federal agencies
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Illinois and sited in Marquis Who’s Who publications, etc.
  • Invited keynote/Plenary speaker/lecturer at international conferences and meetings, and at different educational and public institutions
  • Member of the Round Table Group, Expert Consortium


  • Kostic, M., M. Golubovic, J.R. Hull and S.U.S. Choi, ONE-STEP METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF NANOFLUIDS, ANL invention S-105,821. US Patent Number: US 7,718,033 B1, (PDF), Publication Date 18 May 2010.
  • Kostic, M., M. Golubovic, J.R. Hull and S.U.S. Choi, One-Step Method for the Production of Nanofluids, ANL invention S-122,261, U.S. Patent-Divisional Application No.12/729,494 filed by U.S. Department of Energy (Brian John Lally/Katherine Baldwin, Patent Attorney) on 3/23/2010. Additional Claims to the above.

Selected Publications (More available at his website)

  • Kostic, M., Revisiting The Second Law of Energy Degradation and Entropy Generation: From Sadi Carnot’s Ingenious Reasoning to Holistic Generalization, Symposium on: "The Second Law of Thermodynamics: Status and Challenges": The 92nd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, June 12-16, 2011. To be published by American Institute of Physics as part of its conference volume series (
  • Kostic, M and Simham, K.C., Computerized, Transient Hot-Wire Thermal Conductivity Apparatus for Nanofluids, Proceedings of the 6th WSEAS International Conference on HEAT and MASS TRANSFER (HMT'09), Ningbo, China, January 10-12, 2009. In RECENT ADVANCES in HEAT and MASS TRANSFER (Editor: Lifeng Xi), ISBN: 978-960-474-039-0; ISSN: 1790-5095, p. 71-78, WSEAS Press. 2009. (Best HMT09 Conference Paper)
  • Kostic, M., “Critical Issues and Application Potentials in Nanofluids Research,” ASME-MN2006 Multifunctional Nanocomposites 2006 International Conference Proceedings, September 20-22, 2006, Honolulu, Hawaii, ASME Proceedings, New York, 2006.
  • Kostic, M., Energy: Global and Historical Background, and Physics of Energy both in Encyclopedia of Energy Engineering (B. L. Capehart, Editor), Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, 2007.
  • Kostic, M., "Work, Power, and Energy," In Encyclopedia of Energy (C.J. Cleveland, Editor-in-Chief), Volume 6, pp. 527-538, Elsevier, 2004.
  • Kostic, M., “Analysis of Enthalpy Approximation for Compressed Liquid Water,” ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, Vol. 128, p.421-426, May 2006.
  • Kostic, M., "Data Acquisition And Control for An Innovative Thermal Conductivity Apparatus Using LabVIEW(TM) Virtual Instrument." Laboratory Robotics and Automation Journal, Vol.10, No.2, pp.107-111, Wiley, 1998.
  • M. Kostic, "On Turbulent Drag and Heat Transfer Reduction Phenomena and Laminar Heat Transfer Enhancement in Non-Circular Duct Flow of Certain Non-Newtonian Fluids," Int. J. Heat & Mass Transfer, Vol.37, Suppl.1, p.133-147 (1994).
  • J.P. Hartnett and M. Kostic, Heat Transfer to Newtonian and Non-Newtonian Fluids in Rectangular Ducts. Advances in Heat Transfer, Vol. 19, p.247-356, Academic Press, 1989.
  • M. Kostic and J.P. Hartnett, "Heat transfer to water flowing turbulently through a rectangular duct with asymmetric heating." Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, Vol. 29, p. 1283-1291 (1986).

Research Projects

A number of research projects in nanofluids, flow and heat transfer area, and CFD computational and experimental methods with computerized data acquisitions.