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Thermal Sciences

The research facilities of Thermal Sciences group comprise the Heat Transfer Research Laboratory, Advanced Engine Control Laboratory, and Laboratory of Semiconductor Compounds and Alloys. The research is sponsored by NSF, NASA, and other organizations such as Gas Technology Institute. The experimental and theoretical studies include both macro and micro scales.

Sumanta Acharya
MMAE Department Chair, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Expertise: Computational and experimental heat transfer; fluid dynamics and combustion; gas turbine heat transfer; gas turbine combustion; heat exchangers; fundamentals and applications in heat transfer including natural and mixed convection, single and two-phase flows and heat transfer and reacting flows

Carrie M. Hall
Assistant Professor of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering
Expertise: Combustion, alternative fuels, internal combustion engines

Francisco Ruiz
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Expertise: Thermal sciences

Aleksandar G. Ostrogorsky
Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Expertise: Heat and mass transfer phenomena occurring in materials processing; directional solidification/single crystal growth focusing on semiconductor alloys; wide band gap materials for Gamma ray detectors (semiconductors and scintillators); diffusion; growth of carbon nanotubes