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Sumanta Acharya, Ph.D.

Dr. Sumanta Acharya
Department Chair
Professor of Mechanical Engineering







Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1982
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1980
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, 1978


Heat Transfer
Gas Turbines
Computational Fluid Dynamics


Fundamental Thermal and Fluid Sciences:
(1) Computational methods, simulation of turbulence (direct simulations, large eddy simulations and turbulence modeling), high performance computing
(2) Experimental fluid mechanics, heat transfer and combustion
(3) Natural, forced and mixed convection

Energy & Process Applications:
(1) Gas turbine heat transfer and aerodynamics
(2) Gas turbine combustion, bio-fuels and hydrogen/syngas combustion
(3) Heat exchange systems, process reactors and mixing devices


AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics) Thermophysics Award, 2015

Francis & Fritz Blumer Professorship in Mechanical Engineering, 2005-2014

L. R. Daniel Endowed Professorship in Mechanical Engineering, 1993-2014

AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) Donald Q. Kern Award for significant achievements in heat transfer, 2014

U Memphis Alumni Association Eye of the Tiger Award, 2014

ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) 75th Anniversary Medal of the Heat Transfer Division for service to the heat transfer community and contributions to the field, 2013

ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award (in Science) 2011 for "outstanding contributions to the field of heat transfer"

ASME LSU-Section Best Teacher Award, 2010

LSU Distinguished Research Master Award, 2010

LSU Rainmaker 2008, 2009 (recognition for faculty research excellence)

LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award, 2001

ASME Fellow, 1999

LSU Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award, 1997

DOW Outstanding Teacher Award, LSU, 1996

ASME Excellence in Teaching Award, LSU 1995

Professional Society Memberships 

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Board of Directors-Member at Large, American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers (ASTFE), 2014-present

Executive Committee, Heat Transfer Division, ASME, 2012-2018, Secretary 2012-14; Member at Large 2014-15

Member, ASME Heat Transfer Division (HTD) K-3 Awards Committee, 2005-2008

Chair, ASME Emerging Technology Committee (ETC), 2013-14

Chair, ASME HTD Membership Development Committee, 2004-2005

Chair, ASME K-20 Committee on Computational Heat Transfer, 2000-2003

Vice-Chair, ASME K-20 Committee on Computational Heat Transfer, 1997-2000

Member, AIAA Committee on Terrestrial Energy, 1998-2003

Member, ASME Coordinating Group on Computational Fluid Dynamics, 1996-2003

Member, ASME K-8 Committee on Theory and Fundamental, 1993-present

Member, ASME K-20 Committee on Computational Heat Transfer, 1993-present

Member, ASME K-11 Committee on Combustion, 1987-1994

Elected Member, Academic Advisory Board (AAB) for the Department of Energy's-University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) program, 2006-2008

Governor's Commission on Energy (appointed by the Governor of Louisiana, Hon. Mike Foster), State of Louisiana, 2002

Governor's Basic Industries and Energy Task Force, 2003, State of Louisiana


Tamunobere, O., & Acharya, S. (2016). Turbine blade tip film cooling with blade rotation. Part I: Tip and pressure-side coolant injection. In press, ASME J. of Turbomachinery, 138(9), 091002. doi: 10.1115/1.4032672

Tamunobere, O., & Acharya, S. (2016). Turbine blade tip film cooling with blade rotation. Part II: Shroud coolant injection. In press, ASME J. of Turbomachinery, 138(9), 091003. doi: 10.1115/1.4032673

Kalghatgi, P., & Acharya, S. (2015). Improved film cooling effectiveness with a round film cooling hole embedded in contoured crater. ASME J. of Turbomachinery, 137(10), 101006-101006-1. doi: 10.1115/1.4030395

Tamunobere, O., Drewes, C., Acharya, S., & Nakamata, C. (2015). Heat transfer to an actively cooled shroud with blade rotation. ASME J. Thermal Sc. and Engng. Applns., 7(4), 041020. doi: 10.1115/1.4031357

Alvergue, L., Babaee, H., Gu, G., & Acharya, S. (2015). Feedback stabilization of a reduced-order model for a jet-in-crossflow. AIAA Journal, 53(9), 2472-2481. doi: 10.2514/1.J053295

Babaee, H., & Acharya, S. (2014). A hybrid staggered/semi-staggered finite difference algorithm for solving time-dependent incompressible Navier-Stokes equations on curvilinear grids. Numerical Heat Transfer: Part B-Fundamentals, 65(1), 1-26. doi:10.1080/10407790.2013.827012

Saha, K., & Acharya, S. (2014). Heat transfer enhancement using angled grooves as turbulence promoters. ASME J. of Turbomachinery, 136(8), 081004. doi: 10.1115/1.4025733

Zhu, S., & Acharya, S. (2014). Flame dynamics with hydrogen addition at lean blowout limits. ASME J. of Engng. for Gas Turbines and Power, 136(5), 051506. doi: 10.1115/1.4026321

Babaee, H., & Acharya, S. (2013). Effect of uncertainty in blowing ratio on film cooling effectiveness. ASME J. of Heat Transfer, 136(3), 031701. doi: 10-1115/1.4025562

Babaee, H., & Acharya, S. (2013). Optimization of forcing parameters of film cooling effectiveness. ASME J. of Turbomachinery, 136(6), 061016. doi: 10.1115/1.4025732

Karmakar, S., Wang, N., Acharya, S., & Dooley, D. (2013). Effects of rare-earth oxide catalysts on the ignition and combustion characteristics of boron nanoparticles. Combustion and Flame, 160(12), 3004-3014.