Contact: Diane Greenberg, or Mona S. Rowe
Dr. Upendra S. Rohatgi, a mechanical engineer in the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Fewer than three percent of the professional organization's 93,300 members are honored with this distinction, which indicates significant contributions to the society and the engineering profession. After earning a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, in 1970, Dr. Rohatgi received an M.S. in mechanical engineering in 1972, and a Ph.D. in fluids and thermal sciences in 1975, both from Case Western Reserve University. He joined Brookhaven in 1975, where he develops computer programs that simulate accidents in current and advanced nuclear reactors and accidental chemical releases - information that is important in formulating safety regulations and procedures. In other work related to nuclear reactors, he has investigated the fundamentals of boiling fluids, and he has analyzed pumps for nuclear reactors and aircraft fuel-system applications. He is currently working with a computer model developed at Brookhaven in the 1970s that identifies energy-technology choices in terms of cost and environmental impact. The model is being used by 35 countries and over 70 institutions. Dr. Rohatgi is a resident of Setauket.