Vishwanath Prasad

Mechanical Engineering
Professor

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Vishwanath Prasad
Areas of Expertise:
  • Energy and Environment
About

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Education
  • PhD, University of Delaware, 1983.
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • MS, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 1978.
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Degree Specialization: M. Tech., Research in Heat Transfer
  • BS, National Institute of Technology, 1971.
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
Biography

Dr. Vish Prasad, currently Professor of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at University of North Texas, is an internationally-renowned researcher and academic leader. His research has focused on convective heat transfer, heat transfer in porous media, energy materials and devices, advanced materials processing and manufacturing, microelectronics, and computational methods. Dr. Prasad has published over two hundred fifteen invited and/or refereed articles, made over one hundred conference presentations, and organized numerous conferences, symposia, and workshops. He serves (or has served) on many Editorial Advisory Boards as well as an Editor or Co-editor of several archival journals, monographs, annual reviews, and a hand book on crystal growth. He has been a consultant to many companies, has four patents to his credit, and currently serves as an advisor to a major engineering publishing house. As a PI/ Co-PI, Dr. Prasad has received over $25 million in grants and contracts from federal agencies and industry. And, over the years, he has mentored/advised sixteen doctoral students, twelve post-doctoral fellows, six visiting scientists, and numerous masters and undergraduate students.

In the academic leadership role, Dr. Prasad has served as the President of Mody University of Science and Technology (Rajasthan, India, 2/2014-8/2015), Vice President for Research and Economic Development of University of North Texas (2007-2012), Executive Dean/Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International University (FIU, 2001-2007), Interim Dean of Engineering at Wichita State University (2013), and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University (1997-2001). His academic positions include Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University (1984-1993), Professor and Leading Professor of Mechanical Engineering (1993-2001) as well as Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (joint appointment, 1997-2001) at Stony Brook, and Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at FIU (2001-2007).

Dr. Prasad has received 2020 Heat Transfer Memorial Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2011 Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), 2010 Award for building Texas-India Educational Partnership from the Greater Dallas Indo-American Chambers of Commerce, 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 2005 Distinguished Service Medal for Engineering Education in Latin America from Santa Maria University. He has also received 2007 Educator of the Year Award for contributions to engineering education to Hispanics, from HENAAC (now known as “Great Minds in STEM”) – a national organization that honors Hispanic leaders in engineering and business and 2006 ABET President’s Diversity Award on behalf of the FIU College of Engineering and Computing from the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). Dr. Prasad is the Founding President of Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) and Co-founder of Mattoo Center for India Studies at Stony Brook. Dr. Prasad is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineer (ASME). In the past, he has served as the Chair of several ASME Heat Transfer Division Committees and a member of the USRA Microgravity Research Council for a major NASA Program. Dr. Prasad received his B.S. from National Institute of Technology, Patna (India), M. Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and Ph.D. from University of Delaware, all in mechanical engineering.

Research

An internationally recognized researcher in convective heat transfer, heat transfer in porous media, materials processing (crystal growth, plasma spray coating, and thin film processing), microelectronics, energy systems, and computational and experimental methods.

Research focus: Thermo-Fluids

Publications
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Professional Experience

Professor of Mechanical and Energy Engineering (10/2007 – Present) University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, Texas

Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering (4/2018 – Present)

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

President (2/2014 - 8/2015)

Mody University of Science and Technology,

Mody Institute of Education and Research, and Mody School

Lakshmangarh, Rajasthan, India (on leave of absence from UNT)

Interim Dean (1/2013 - 12/2013)

College of Engineering, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

A short term task-specific appointment (on leave of absence from UNT)

Vice President for Research and Economic Development (10/2007 - 5/2012)

University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Executive Dean (7/2005 - 10/2007), College of Engineering and Computing

Dean (8/2001 - 7/2005), College of Engineering

Distinguished Professor (8/2001 - 10/2007), Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Florida International University (FIU), Miami (Florida State University System)

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (1997 - 2001)

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Leading Professor (1/1999 - 8/2001) and Professor (1/1993 – 1/1998), Mechanical Engineering Professor (1997 - 2001), Materials Science and Engineering (joint appointment)

Stony Brook University - State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York

Summer Research Fellow (1992, 1993)

US Air Force Research (Rome) Laboratory, Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts

Associate Professor (1987 - 1993) and Assistant Professor (1984 - 1987), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, New York

Visiting Assistant Professor (1983-84), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, South Carolina

Director, Center for Innovation and Enterprise Engagement, Wichita State University, Kansas (2/2013 – 12/2013)

Director, AFOSR/DARPA Consortium of six US institutions – Stony Brook, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Iowa State University, Arizona State University, Boston University, and Manhattan College,  in partnership with US Air Force Research Laboratory at Hanscom AFB, MA, and several companies for research in electronic materials, a Multi-Disciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) project, (1995 - 2000)

Visiting Faculty, Universite de Marne-la-Vallee, France (1997)

Guest Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY (1996-98)

Consultant to many companies and partners on several Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) projects

Patents
  • W. Choi, S. Roy, K. Mathee, and V. Prasad, “Nanoscale DNA Detection System Using Species-Specific and/or Disease-Specific Probes for Rapid Identification Thereof,” Patent No. 8,597,492 (2013).
  • M. Chandra, K. P. Gupta, J. Talbott, I. Jafri, and V. Prasad, “Cold Wall Reactor and Method for Chemical Vapor Deposition Reactor for Polysilicon Deposition,” Patent No. 6,365,225 (2002).
  • M. Chandra, I. Jafri, K. P. Gupta, V. Prasad, and J. Talbott “Method and Apparatus for Chemical Vapor Deposition of Polysilicon,” Patent No. 6,284,312 (2001).
  • M. A. Constatini, J.A. Talbott, M. Chandra, V. Prasad, A.M. Caster, K. P. Gupta, and , P.O. Leyvraz, “Method and Apparatus for Improved Wire Saw Slurry," Patent No. 6,113,473 (2000).
Honors and Awards
  • The “Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award” from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), the leading organization of US public universities, 2011
  • Award for building “Texas-India Educational Partnership,” from Greater Dallas Indo-American Chambers of Commerce, 2010
  • “Educator of the Year Award” for contributions to engineering education to Hispanics, from HENAAC – a national organization that honors Hispanic leaders in engineering and business; one of the very few non-Hispanics to receive an award from HENAAC (also known as “Great Minds in STEM”), 2007
  • ABET President’s Diversity Award on behalf of the College of Engineering and Computing, Florida International University, by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET), 2006
  • Academic Excellence Medal for contributions to engineering education in Latin America and the Caribbean from LACCEI - Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions, 2006
  • Distinguished Service Medal for Engineering Education in Latin America, Santa Maria University, Caracas, Venezuela, 2005