Srinath Ekkad

Professor and Head

  • 919-515-2368
  • Engineering Building III (EB3) 3114

I arrived in NC State September 2017 as Department Head. I was previously Rolls-Royce Professor for Aerospace Systems at Virginia where I was also the Associate VP for Research Programs and Director for the Rolls-Royce University Technology Center for Advanced System Diagnostics. My background is in the fundamental thermal-fluid science with emphasis on experimental methods. My area of application expertise is in gas turbine and thermal management of systems. I have worked extensively on various projects dealing with cooling and heat transfer technology relating to turbine engines, automotive systems, energy harvesting, power plant systems.

In my free-time, I play tennis, ping pong, and sometimes golf, and hang out with my family. We go on hikes a lot especially in the Appalachian mountains. We hope to discover NC trails and hikes soon.


PhD 1995

Mechanical Engineering

Texas A&M University

MS 1991

Mechanical Engineering

Arizona State University

BTech 1989

Mechanical Engineering

Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India

Research Description

My research focuses on primarily thermal management, energy concepts, propulsion, advanced diagnostics funded by NSF, DOE, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, GE, Solar Turbines, Chromalloy, Honeywell, Elliot Turbo, Toyota, among others.

Honors and Awards

  • VT Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising, 2014
  • VT Dean of Engineering Award – Research Excellence, 2012
  • ASME Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer, 2004