Dr. Prasad Pokkunuri is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at École Centrale School of Engineering, Mahindra University. He has a unique blend of industrial and academic research, and teaching experience, covering a wide range of domains.
University of California, Riverside: Ph.D, Mechanical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur: B.Tech (Hons.), Mechanical Engineering
- Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Institute of Infrastructure, Technology, Research, and Management
- Visiting Faculty at Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies
- Scientist in ABB India Corporate Research Centre, Bangalore
- Lead R&D Engineer at SunBorne Energy Technologies, Gurgaon
- Assistant Manager at Maruti Udyog Limited, Gurgaon
Doctoral and Postdoctoral Experience
- Postdoctoral Researcher at University of California, Irvine
- Graduate Student Researcher at University of California, Riverside
- Teaching Assistant at University of California, Riverside
- Prasad P., Raghavesh V., Sebastian U., and Utkarsh S. “Method and system for heat transfer enhancement in solar particle receivers”. Patent Application 202141058153. Filed December 2021.
- Sadineni S., Kotikalapudi R., Madilla S. S. P., and Pokkunuri P., “Numerical Solution of Laminar Flow over Symmetric NACA Airfoils”. Journal of Fluid Flow, Heat and Mass Transfer (JFFHMT), 8 (2021). DOI: 10.11159/jffhmt.2021.016
- Phani Keerthan K. S., and Prasad P., “Performance Analysis of Al2O3 Packed-Bed Energy Storage”. Presented at International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Nanomaterials for Sustainable Development (ACeND 2018), Bengaluru, September 2018.
- Sri Harsha M. S., Nikhil K., and Prasad P., “External Flows Around Simplified Automobiles”. Presented during First Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS 2018) at Mahindra École Centrale, Hyderabad, August 2018.
- Sai Rohan Gowtham K., and Prasad P., “Sensitivity of Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow Simulation in OpenFOAM to the Underlying Viscoelastic Models”. Presented during First Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS 2018) at Mahindra École Centrale, Hyderabad, August 2018.
- Prasad P., “Simplified modelling of viscoelastic fluids for use in recoil damping systems”. Presented at 19th International Conference on Advances in Fluid Mechanics, Tokyo, Japan, March 2017.
- Dave H., and Prasad P., “CFD study of aerodynamic drag reduction using deflectors on an Ahmed body”. Presented at Computational Science Symposium, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, March 2017.
Dr. Prasad has been involved in basic and applied research, in the broad areas of thermal-fluid sciences. His work covers a wide range of domains related to energy and environment, from investigating conditions for (NOx) emissions reduction in hydrogen combustion to studying the effects of interfacial reactions in releasing ozone destroying species (Cl2 and Br2) into the atmosphere from sea-salt particles, as well as designing solar receivers that absorb concentrated solar radiation enroute its conversion to electricity, and developing thermal energy storage to produce power from the sun when it isn’t shining. Dr. Prasad is a firm proponent of student led research, with classroom teaching laying the foundation for asking fundamental questions that develop into interesting research projects.
Dr. Prasad’s present focus is on enhancing heat transfer in solar particle receivers (basic/applied research) and in developing novel, low GWP (Global Warming Potential) air-conditioning systems (applied research – industry collaboration).