Professor of mechanical engineering specializing in the areas of heat transfer, combustion, and energy systems.  Research activities in thermal systems and thermal management. Also an expert in thermofluid issues in emerging technologies and microthermal systems with interests in micro and nano engineering.  Has industry experience including in the analysis of thermal processes in semiconductor interconnection technology.

Formal Education

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics, U. Penn.
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York
  • B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology

Career Highlights

  • Former site director of an NSF-funded industry-university cooperative research center on energy-smart electronic systems
  • While a Guest Researcher in the Semiconductor Electronics Division of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), investigated thermal issues in electronics packaging and modeled semiconductor manufacturing processes
  • Conducted research on liquid immersion cooling of electronic equipment for over three decades, initially while on the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School
  • Member of a NATO Science and Technology Office technical team involved in validating thermal models of military power systems
  • Taught short courses in thermal management of data centers 
  • Named inventor on a pair of issued U.S. patents including one for novel methods and systems for thermal management
  • Prolific author of journal and conference papers, book chapters and articles with on the order of five hundred total publications
  • Contributing editor of three books, including one on thermal management of data centers and another on thermal challenges in electronic systems

Expert Qualifications

  • Deposed as an expert witness on behalf of the plaintiff in a patent infringement litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California relating to a computer cooling system
  • Submitted multiple expert reports and was deposed in a patent case relating to technology for photo-voltaic solar power inverters