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Vinod Narayanan
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Vinod Narayanan joined UC Davis as a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in March 2015. He is also the Associate Director of the UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center. Prior to joining UC Davis, he was a Professor and the Welty Faculty Fellow in the School of Mechanical Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University. Narayanan’s areas of interest include microscale flow and heat transfer, solar thermal energy utilization, passive means to enhance thermal energy efficiency, infrared thermography methods, and thermal management. He is the recipient of one of ASEE’s Air Force Research Laboratory Summer Faculty Fellowships, the NSF CAREER award, and the George Kunze prize from Texas A&M University. Narayanan is chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ K-13 committee on Heat Transfer in Multiphase Systems, and chaired the ASME 2015 International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels (ICNMM). He received his PhD from Texas A&M University.