Dr. Ron DiPippo

Ron DiPippo Steam GeneratorSenior Engineer – As Author of 4 major books including, Geothermal Power Plants: Principles, Applications and Case Studies, Dr. DiPippo is a well-known authority and consultant on Geothermal Power Plants.  Dr. DiPippo is Chancellor Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, former Associate Dean of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMD) and a visiting Research Professor and Visiting Lecturer at Brown University in Providence, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as a visiting lecturer at the School for Renewable Energy Science at the University of Akureyri, Iceland.

Dr. DiPippo is a researcher in the area of thermodynamic and transport properties of gases at high temperatures and pressures. As part of this effort he was a U.S. delegate to the Seventh International Conference on the Properties of Steam held in Tokyo in 1968. Later while at NUWC, his work turned to the thermodynamic analysis of compact propulsion systems for underwater applications and to fluid flow phenomena.  In 1975 his professional and research interests in geothermal energy began. Since then he has:

  • Conducted research into the nature of two-phase flow of geothermal fluids.
  • Written and edited several books and contributed sections and chapters for handbooks dealing with the design and engineering of geothermal energy conversion systems.
  • Conducted workshops for various groups involved in operating and building geothermal power plants.
  • Advised several foreign governments on how best to develop their geothermal resources.
  • Taught undergraduate and graduate courses in geothermal power at UMD, MIT, and in Iceland.

He has worked in Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Iceland, and Mexico, plus the following geothermally active states: California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Recently, the fourth printing of his book Geothermal Power Plants: Principles, Applications, Case Studies and Environmental Impact, 4th Ed. was published.