Published: Sep 18, 2009 9:55:00 AM
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Auburn University's Sushil Bhavnani, faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was recently awarded grants from the National Science Foundation Chemical, Biological, Environmental and Thermal Systems Directorate, as well as the NASA Headquarters Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Both grants will support Bhavnani's research efforts in electronics packaging.
The projects will focus on boiling mechanisms during thermally-actuated pumping using asymmetric microscopic surface structures. These studies represent a $370,000 collaborative effort between Bhavnani's group at Auburn and colleagues at Oregon State University.
Bhavnani joined the mechanical engineering faculty at Auburn in 1987. He holds a bachelor's degree from Bangalore University, a master's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay and a doctoral degree from Iowa State Universityall in mechanical engineering.
Bhavnani received the 2008 Clock Award for outstanding contributions to the science and engineering of heat transfer in electronic packaging. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a member of the ASME-Heat Transfer Division's Committee on Heat Transfer in Electronics Equipment.
Contributed by Cassity Hughes