sire (verb): ‘to create’
SIRE Lab engages in Scholarly Inquiry, Research, and Education (SIRE) for gaining a fundamental understanding of the interactions between tailored surfaces and fluids to realize energy-efficient thermal-fluid transport at all length scales.
Thermal and fluid transport are inherent to many processes and realizing dramatic energy-efficiencies in convective transport impacts critical issues of national and international interests in energy, water, security, and health. Our research interests are in:
1. Thermal management of electronic and photonic systems: Directed energy weapons, cloud data centers, portable devices, batteries, automobiles, air/spacecraft, buildings
2. Energy systems and water: Energy-efficiency, thermodynamic cycles, portable/distributed power, thermal energy storage, waste heat recovery, heat exchangers, thermal desalination
3. Space transportation: Cryocoolers, heat exchangers, propellant management
4. Scalable micro-/nano-manufacturing: Wet etching, micro-milling, nano-scale surface modification, rapid prototyping, diffusion bonding
Some of the tailored surfaces that we designed, created, and/or analyzed for enhancing single-phase and two-phase convective transport include:
Our publications discuss interesting details concerning the fundamental study of the interaction of single-phase and two-phase thermal-fluid transport phenomena with these engineered surfaces. Please refer to our peer-reviewed journal and conference publications for more information.
NEW – Open Ph.D. Positions
We have two open Ph.D. positions in our lab available from Spring 2019.
1. GRE V+Q >= 305 and A >= 3.5
2. TOEFL >=100 or IELTS >=7.5
3. A master’s degree (awarded or will be awarded by December 2018) with pool or flow boiling heat transfer as the thesis focus.
4. Well versed with building pool and/or flow boiling experimental set-ups and conducting boiling experiments with water and/or dielectric liquids.
5. At least one ISI-indexed journal paper published or accepted in the area of boiling heat transfer.
6. GPA in the heat transfer and fluid mechanics classes in the master’s coursework >=3.7
If you are highly self-motivated and genuinely interested in working in the area of heat transfer with applications in thermal management of electronics and photonics, energy systems, and water desalination, your application will be considered even if you do not meet some of the above requirements. Please contact Dr. Krishna Kota (kkota AT nmsu.edu) immediately if you are interested.
Note: Please do not contact with inquiries about these positions if you are not sure about pursuing a Ph.D. degree or if you intend to use this opportunity to try out for a couple of years and leave with a master’s degree. The rigor and the time frame of this project is not suitable for master’s students. It requires committed and determined Ph.D. students to see it to completion.
SIRE Lab will receive an NSF EAGER grant for pursuing research on boiling heat transfer of water on binary surfaces.
Research paper on the preparation and characterization of paper towel-like aluminum surfaces is published in the International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. Click here to read the paper: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00170-018-2290-5. A video of an aluminum surface behaving as a paper towel (with extreme wetting and spreading of water) is available here.
Dr. Kota is awarded tenure and will be promoted to the associate professor position beginning August 2018.
Jacob Barba, Rob Clay, Eugen Engel, and George Sims joined SIRE Lab as undergraduate research assistants. Welcome, all!
Josh is hired by Lockheed Martin. Congratulations, Josh! He will graduate in December 2018 and will begin with Lockheed in January 2018.
Norann is hired by Los Alamos National Laboratory. Congratulations, Norann! She will graduate in May 2018 and will begin with LANL in August 2018.
Research paper on the preparation and characterization of paper towel-like aluminum surfaces is submitted to the International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology.
SIRE Lab submitted an abstract for presentation at the Seventeenth Annual NMSU URC Faculty Research and Creative Activities Fair.
Dr. Kota is chosen as one of the MAE Academy Professors of the year (three awards in total).
Dr. Kota won the Donald C. Roush faculty award from NMSU (one per college).
Dr. Kota was one of the plenary speakers at the International Workshop on Thermal Design and Management in Electronics in Bangalore, India.
Research paper showing the numerical and experimental results of simultaneous pressure drop reduction and heat transfer enhancement in internal forced convection on CO-LUB surfaces is published in the International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer. The full paper is available to download for free here until December 25, 2017.
Pranav Sivakumar joins SIRE Lab as an undergraduate research assistant. Welcome, Pranav!
Kevan Henry joins SIRE Lab as an undergraduate research assistant. Welcome, Kevan!
Research paper based on forced convective transport on CO-LUB surfaces is accepted for publication in the International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer.
SIRE Lab’s boiling heat transfer experiment was flown to 80,000 ft in a high-altitude balloon. Read the full story here.
Nick obtained an internship position with NASA. Congratulations, Nick!
NMSU has selected to file a non-provisional patent based on SIRE Lab’s paper towel metallic surface preparation technology.
Dr. Kota is invited to deliver a plenary lecture at an international electronics cooling workshop to be conducted at Bangalore, India in December 2017.
Research paper on recovering waste heat from automobile exhaust using a novel thermodynamic cycle is accepted for publication in the journal Applied Thermal Engineering.
Research paper on using renewable energy to power an airport is accepted for publication in the International Journal of Renewable Energy Research.
We are excited to move back to our renovated lab located in JH 244.
Research paper on enhanced boiling heat transfer on binary surfaces is accepted for publication in the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer.
Video of boiling of a dielectric liquid on a binary surface (BiS) is now available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHd8xhPQlOg
SIRE Lab researchers prepared a paper towel aluminum surface. Watch the video of extreme spreading and wetting of water on this surface here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPRncF_2uoM
Kartik successfully defended his M.S. thesis on 04/06/2017. Congratulations, Kartik!
Ryan successfully defended his M.S. thesis on 04/07/2017. Congratulations, Ryan!
SIRE Lab’s research paper on enhanced boiling heat transfer on binary surfaces is submitted to the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer.
SIRE Lab’s research paper discussing the single bulk micro-manufacturing approach to generate both superhydrophobic (highly non-wetting) and paper towel (highly wetting) copper surfaces is accepted for publication in the ASME Journal of Micro and Nano-Manufacturing.
Ryan obtained a position as a Research Engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory in NM. Congratulations, Ryan! He will graduate in May 2017.
A research paper based on the collaboration work between guest researcher Ali Kavoosi and SIRE Lab on recovering waste heat from automobile exhaust using a novel thermodynamic cycle is submitted to the journal Applied Thermal Engineering.