Areas of Interest
Dr. Damshala's areas of interest include thermal science, modeling, simulation and optimization, air-conditioning and refrigeration, energy conservation, and micro-heat exchanges.
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Dr. Prakash Damshala is a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Mechanical Engineering. He obtained his MS degree from the University of Miami, FL and PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He served as a consultant with TVA for over 10 years. He specializes in renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind and bioenergy, energy efficiency technologies, zero energy buildings, and technologies appropriate for smart grid applications, such as thermal energy storage and energy recovery, combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP). He also has experience in the use of biomass in gasifiers for CCHP applications. He developed dozens of comprehensive computer codes for validating energy efficiency technologies using hourly weather data and for estimation of carbon footprint of commercial buildings and industrial plants. He has 58 publications, a combination of industrial reports, presentations, M.S thesis and graduate project advisements, and an ASHRAE handbook chapter. He serves as a handbook committee member of ASHRAE for Systems and Equipment, as a liaison for several chapters of the handbook, and as a Vice-Chair for ASHRAE’s Technical Committee 5.5, Air-To-Air Energy Recovery.