Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Kripa Varanasi was recently selected to receive the 2013 Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer. The award is being bestowed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for “developing a fundamental understanding of the role of surface chemistry and micro/nanoscale morphology on thermal and fluidic transport during phase change at multiple length and time scales using environmental scanning electron microscope-based experimental techniques, leading to scalable engineering surfaces for industrial applications.”
Varanasi is recognized as an emerging leader at the crossroads of thermal sciences, nanotechnology and manufacturing. The principal theme of his research is the discovery and development of novel nano-engineered surfaces and coating technologies that can fundamentally alter thermal-fluid-interfacial interactions for transformational efficiency enhancements in various industries, including energy, water, agriculture, transportation, electronics cooling and buildings.
Well known as one of the inventors of LiquiGlide, a nonstick, super slippery, food-safe coating for condiment bottles, Varanasi will accept the award during the ASME Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition’s Heat Transfer Luncheon this November.