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Sudhakar Neti

Department: Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics

Position: Professor, Emeritus

Address: Packard Lab
19 Memorial Dr. West
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-4117

E-mail: sn01@lehigh.edu

Research: ResearchGate

Areas of Research

  • Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, and Transport Phenomena


Professor Neti is chair of the thermal-fluids division in Lehigh's department of mechanical engineering and mechanics. He has also been the Director of the U.S. DOE sponsored Industrial Assessment Center at Lehigh, was a founding Co-chair of the Lehigh Environmental Advisory Group, and is Co-chair of the ASME Task Force on Energy Storage.

Neti is a recognized expert on thermal energy storage and solar heat transfer fluids, and has published widely in a broad range of journals and has nurtured numerous students through their masters and doctoral degrees. His expertise includes optical instrumentation; thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid flow in Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids, bioengineering, polymer processing and solar energy. Research interests include laser diagnostic instrumentation for thermal fluids, computational and experimental methods for single and two-phase flow and heat transfer, transport processes in micro channels, non-Newtonian flow and biological systems, power plant performance analysis, concentrated solar power and high temperature heat transfer fluids and thermal energy storage technologies. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Rheology, and of Phi Beta Delta and Sigma Chi.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky, 1977
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky, 1970
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Osmania University, India, 1968