John R. Jones III Fellow, Professor
- 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
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
Materials Processing and Manufacturing
Micro and Nanotechnologies
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.
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)