Ranga Pitchumani

George R. Goodson Professor

(571) 858-3251
Virginia Tech, National Capital Region
900 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203
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
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  • 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


  • Research 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 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


  • 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 Alumnus Award, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (2016)
    • 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)

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