Education

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech
  • BS, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Research Areas and Descriptors

  • Heat Transfer, Combustion and Energy Systems; Micro and Nano Engineering

Background

Dr. Akanksha Menon is an Assistant Professor in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. Prior to this, she was an ITRI-Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellow working on the water-energy nexus at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She holds a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University at Qatar, as well as a Master's degree and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. 

Research

Dr. Menon’s research focuses on applying thermal science and functional materials to develop sustainable energy and water technologies. Novel system concepts that help mitigate the effects of climate change and promote decarbonization, including solar desalination (hybrid membrane-thermal processes), energy storage (thermal and thermochemical), energy-efficient buildings, and heat recovery (thermoelectrics) are of particular interest. The research aims to provide a fundamental understanding of the thermodynamic properties and transport processes in functional materials such as polymers, ionic liquids and salt hydrates applied to the aforementioned systems.