Dr. Sumanta Acharya is the new Chair of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Sumanta Acharya is the new Chair of Mechanical Engineering (effective August 2014)
and is also the first holder of the recently established Ring Companies endowed Chair—awarded
to distinguished scholars for excellence in engineering education and research. He
comes to Herff from Louisiana State University where he held two professorships (L.
R. Daniel Professor and Fritz and Francis Blumer Professor), and founded the Center
for Turbine Innovation and Energy Research (TIER). For the past four years (2010-2014)
he was on assignment at the National Science Foundation (NSF) as Program Director
of the Thermal Transport Processes Program in Engineering. His research expertise
is in the field of Thermal-Fluid Sciences, Gas Turbine Heat Transfer and Gas Turbine
Combustion. He is widely published with over 400 refereed technical articles.