Dr. Subrata Bhattacharjee
Ph.D., Washington State University
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor Bhattacharjee earned a B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1983 and his Ph.D. from Washington State University, Pullman, USA in 1988. After two years of post-doctoral work on a NASA project, he joined San Diego State University in 1991 as an Assistant Professor, tenured in 1993 as an Associate Professor, and promoted in 2000 as Professor. Prof. Bhattacharjee has been actively involved in research on microgravity combustion and radiation heat transfer. Several of his experiments on flame spread over solid fuels have been conducted aboard NASA's Sounding Rockets, Space Shuttles and Russia's Mir Space Station. Other research interests include fire detection, infra-red pyrometry and knowledge-based distributed intelligence. For the past several years Prof. Bhattacharjee and his collaborators from Gifu University, Japan, have been studying flame dynamics in the space environment with a grant from NASA and Govt. of Japan. His passion for making thermodynamics easier to learn led to the continuing development of TEST, The Expert System for Thermodynamics, regularly accessed by a huge number of students, professionals and educators from around the world. Currently he is working on several projects involving application of web service and grid computing in thermal sciences.