Ranga Pitchumani

George R. Goodson Professor


Advanced Materials and Technologies Laboratory
900 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203
(571) 858-3251

Goodwin Hall (0238)
635 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-1776
pitchu@vt.edu


Education

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1992
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1988
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, 1986

Professional History

2009 – Present, Virginia Tech, Department of Mechanical Engineering, George R. Goodson Professor (John R. Jones III Professor 2009–2014)

2003 – 2008, University of Connecticut, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Professor (Distinguished Professor 2003–2006)

2003 – 2003, Sandia National Laboratories, Sabbatical leave at Micro and Nano Technologies Laboratory, Livermore, California

1998 – 2003, University of Connecticut, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Professor

Professional Leadership

2011 – 2015, Chief Scientist, SunShot Initiative, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington D.C.

2009 – 2014, Associate Department Head for Research, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

2004 – 2006, Department Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

1998 – 2004, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Research Interests and Areas of Expertise

Energy Systems

Energy/Water Nexus

Electric Grid Integration of Renewable Energy

Materials Processing and Manufacturing

Uncertainty Quantification and Large Scale Optimization

Micro and Nanoscale Technologies

Professional Affiliations

Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Elected Member, Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering

Member, Advisory Board, Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) (2014–)

Member, Executive Committee and U.S. Representative, International Energy Agency SolarPACES (2011–2015)

Editor, Solar Energy (2015–Present)

Associate Editor, Solar Energy (2012–2015)

Editor, Energy Procedia, Elsevier (2013–2014)

Editorial Board Member, Frontiers in Heat and Mass Transfer (2010–Present)

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Composite Materials (2008–Present)

Associate Technical Editor, ASME Journal of Heat Transfer (2004–2007)

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials (1998– Present)

Awards and Honors

Distinguished Professor of Engineering, University of Connecticut (2003–2006)

Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Faculty Award, University of Connecticut (2000)

Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, School of Engineering, University of Connecticut (1998)

Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research (1996)

OLIN Faculty Award, OLIN Corporation (1995)