Ranga Pitchumani

John R. Jones III Fellow, Professor

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(540) 231-1776
pitchu@vt.edu
SunShot Initiative
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585

Advanced Materials and Technologies Laboratory

 


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

2011 – Present, Concentrating Solar Power, SunShot Initiative, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energ, yProgram Director

2009 – Present, Virginia Tech, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Head for Research

2009 – Present, Virginia Tech, Department of Mechanical Engineering, John R. Jones III Fellow

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

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

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

1998 – 2003, University of Connecticut, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

 

Research Areas of Expertise

Energy

Materials Processing and Manufacturing

Micro and Nanotechnologies

Research Interests

Thermal Energy Storage for Concentrating Solar Power

In research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Dr. Pitchumani’s group is developing novel thermal energy storage technologies based on phase change materials for use in concentrating solar power applications.

Fabrication of High Aspect Ratio Microstructures

In research funded by the National Science Foundation, Dr. Pitchumani’s group is investigating polymer and ceramic slurry flow and electrodeposition in microgeometries for the fabrication of high aspect ratio microstructures.

Processing and Performance of Composite Materials

In research funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Pitchumani’s group is investigating use of carbon nanotubes in structural composites for damping applications. Studies are also underway on the understanding the details of the multiscale flow and microscale void evolution in liquid molding of composites.

 

Professional Leadership

 

Professional Affiliations

 

Awards and Honors

Elected Member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, 2006.

Elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2004.

Distinguished Professor of Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2003–2006.

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)