Satish Kandlikar

  • James E. Gleason Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Satish Kandlikar is the Gleason Professor of Mechanical Engineering at RIT.  He received his B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Marathawada University, India, his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay and has been a faculty there before coming to RIT in 1980.  His research is mainly focused in the area of flow boiling.  After investigating the flow boiling phenomena from an empirical standpoint, which resulted in widely accepted correlations for different geometries, he started to look at the problem from a fundamental perspective.  Using the high speed photography techniques, he demonstrated that small bubbles are released at a high frequency under flow conditions. 

Dr. Kandlikar’s current work involves developing ultra-high performance pool and flow boiling heat transfer surfaces, stabilizing flow boiling in microchannels, interface mechanics during rapid evaporation, and advanced chip cooling with single-phase liquid flow.  He has published over 200 journal and conference papers. He is a fellow member of ASME and has been the organizer of the two international conferences on Microchannels and Minichannels sponsored by ASME.  Dr. Kandlikar founded the ASME Heat Transfer chapter in Rochester and founded and served as the first Chairman of the E-cubed fair – science and engineering fair for middle school students in celebration of the Engineers Week. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding and Trustees Scholarship Award - both from RIT, Engineer of the Year Award from Rochester Engineering Society, and Heat Transfer Memorial Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.