Prof. Pinakeswar Mahanta

DIRECTOR

DIRECTOR

Biography

Pinakeswar Mahanta is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Guwahati. His major area of research is on thermodynamics, heat transfer and renewable energy. He has established an international platform for research in the area of bio-energy with University of Nottingham, University of Birmingham, and Loughborough University, UK. Similarly, he has established collaboration in the field of clean coal technology with University of Cranfield, UK and UCL, Belguim. He has published more than 157 papers in internationally reputed peer reviewed journals and supervised 15 PhDs, guided 15 M. TECH projects, 24 B.Tech projects guided and Mentored 01 PDF too. Currently, he holds the position of the Director and affiliate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at National Institute of Technology Arunachal Pradesh.

Education:

  • Ph.D. (2001) Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati.
  • M.Tech. (1993) Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.
  • B.Sc. Engineering (1985) Mechanical Engineering, Regional Engineering College Rourkela .Research.

Experience:

Administrative Experience/ Post(s) & responsibilities held:

        • Director, NIT Arunachal Pradesh (14-09-2018 to till date)
        • Officiating Director, Director, IIIT Bhagalpur (June 2017 to Sep. 2018)
        • Dean of faculty affairs, IIT Guwahati (01-09-2014to 31-08-2017)
        • Head, Mechanical Engineering, IIT Guwahati (12-01-2012to 3-09-2014)
        • Head, Centre for Energy, IIT Guwahati (17-4-2004 to 02-08-2011)

Academic/Teaching Experience & responsibilities

  • Professor (HAG) in Mechanical Engineering, IIT Guwahati (w.e.f 01-05-2014)
  • Professor in Mechanical Engineering, IIT Guwahati (10-04-2008 to 30-04-2014)
  • Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, IIT Guwahati (14-10-2004 to 09-04-2008)
  • Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering, IIT Guwahati (23-01- 2001 to 13-10-2004)
  • Assistant Executive Engineer, Govt. of Assam (May- 1986-January, 2001)

Area of Specialization and research interest:
Heat transfer, fluidization, biogas, gasification and combustion, renewable energy.

Participation and contribution in relevant areas in higher education:

OrganizationArea of specialisation
Professor/JSPS Fellow(by invitation)

 

Gifu University JapanMechanical Engineering, co-gasification of biomass with coal.
Resource Person

 

Hof University of Applied Sciences, GermanyEnergy Technology
Distinguished Visiting FellowUniversity of Nottingham, U.K.Clean coal and biomass gasification technology

Curriculum Development Programme under QIP:

  • Course material on Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics

http://www.iitg.ernet.in/scifac/qip/public_html/cd_cell/adv_engg_thermo_index.htm

  • Course material on Energy conservation and waste heat recovery

http://www.iitg.ernet.in/scifac/qip/public_html/cd_cell/waste_heat_recov_index.htm

  • NPTEL web course on Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics

http://nptel.iitm.ac.in/courses/112103016/

  • Course Material Prepared for IGNOU Course material on Heat Power Technology
  • Course Material Prepared for IGNOU Course material on Heat and Mass Transfer

Consulting experience:

Key consulting assignments undertaken:

S. No.Client/ Organization’s

 

Nature of assignment

 

Duration of assignment
1PVT Power, Switzerland

 

Design of a solar photovoltaic cum cooling system for thermodynamic management

Technology was transferred to PVT Power, Switzerland

4 months
2Oil India Limited, Duliajan, Assam

 

 

 

Project preparation  on Generation Of Electrical Power From Small Quantities Of Gas Available In Isolated Pockets Of OIL India’s Oil Fields6 months
3Department of Agriculture Government of AssamPerformance testing of 5hp diesel engine driven centrifugal pump sets

 

6 months
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