Dr. Prasad is an accomplished researcher and focuses on many aspects related to heat transfer, crystal growth, materials processing, microelectronics manufacturing, plasma spray coatings, computational and experimental methods and virtual prototyping. He has received grants of more than $15 million from the National Science Foundation, Air Force, Army, Navy, Department of Education and other industry groups to fund his research.
Dr. Prasad received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Patna University, a M. Tech. degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from University of Delaware. He currently serves as Vice President for Research and Economic Development at UNT. He is responsible for promoting the University’s mission in research, original scholarship, and artistic creativity; managing IPs and technology transfer; building a research park (UNT Discovery Park); and fostering partnerships with government agencies, non-profit organizations, and industry. Prior to UNT, he was executive dean and distinguished professor in the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International University, associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University and leading professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University.
He received the 2006 Academic Excellence Medal from the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions for contributions to engineering education in Latin America and the Caribbean and the 2005 Distinguished Service Medal for Engineering Education in Latin America from Santa Maria University.
He is a member of many professional organizations and academic committees and is an elected fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He also served as a member of the Microgravity Research Council of the Universities Space Research Association for a major NASA program, as well as chair of the ASME Heat Transfer Division Committee on transport phenomena in manufacturing and materials processing and the Committee on Environmental Heat Transfer.
He has published approximately two hundred articles and holds three patents. He is lead editor of Annual Review of Heat Transfer, a member of the editorial advisory boards of two journals, and served as an associate editor of the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer. He has also been invited to present special lectures at many conferences, academic institutions and companies in the U.S. and abroad.