Srinath Ekkad

Rolls Royce Professor

(540) 231-2139
301 Burruss Hall – 0244
800 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1995
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University, 1991
  • B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, 1989

301 Burruss Hall – 0244 Marker-48


  • Research

    • Experimental heat transfer methods
    • Enhanced heat transfer for turbine blade cooling
    • Advanced system diagnostics
    • Energy harvesting
    • Micro-channel heat exchangers
    • Electronic cooling
    • Clean coal energy

  • Professional Affiliations

    • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow
    • ASME K-14 Gas Turbine Heat Transfer Committee, 1997-Present
    • ASME K-22 Heat Transfer Visualization Committee, 2001-Present
    • ASME IGTI Heat Transfer Committee, 1997-Present
    • Associate Member, AIAA Thermophysics Committee, 2000-2004
    • International Society of Rotating Machinery (ISROMAC) Scientific Committee member, 2000-Present
    • US Scientific Committee member, 6th ASME/ISHMT Heat Transfer Conference, 2004
    • US Scientific Committee member, 7th ASME/ISHMT Heat Transfer Conference, 2006
    • Chair, ASME Heat Transfer Division Membership Development and Recognition Committee, 2007-2010
    • Chair, ASME IGTI Best Paper in Heat Transfer Review Committee, 2010-2012

  • Publications

  • Professional History

    • 2014-Present, Associate Vice President for Research, Virginia Tech
    • 2012-Present, Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Processor of Aerospace Propulsion Systems, Virginia Tech
    • 2014-Present, Director, Rolls-Royce UTC for Advanced Systems Diagnostics, Virginia Tech
    • 2011-Present, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
    • 2013-Present, Affiliate Faculty, Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Virginia Tech
    • 2011-Present, Director, Commonwealth Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (CCAPS)
    • 2007-2011, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
    • 2004-2007, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
    • 1998-2004, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
    • 1996-1998, Senior Project Engineer, Hot Gas Path Components, Turbine Engine Division, Rolls-Royce Allison Engine Company
    • 1995-1996, Research Associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University

  • Awards and Honors

    • 2014, Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising
    • 2013, Best Paper Award from IGTI Coal, Biomass & Alternative Fuels Committee for Turbo Expo 2013 Paper GT2013-95083, presented at the 2014 ASME Turbo Expo
    • 2014-Present, Advisory Panel, Institute for Gas Turbine at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
    • 2012-2013, Cohort, Executive Development Institute at Virginia Tech
    • 2012-Present, Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor for Aerospace Propulsion Systems
    • 2012, Dean of Engineering’s Award, Research Excellence, Virginia Tech
    • 2012, Virginia Tech Scholar of the Week
    • 2010, ASME Fellow
    • 2006, ASME Journal of Heat Transfer Outstanding Reviewer Award
    • 2004, ASME Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer (inaugural)- Anaheim, California
    • 1983-1989, National Merit Scholarship, India

  • Professional Leadership