Sankha Bhowmick


Sankha Bhowmick, PhD

Professor / Chairperson

Mechanical Engineering

Curriculum Vitae



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2000University of MinnesotaPh. D in Mechanical Engineering
1996Villanova UniversityM.S. in Mechanical Engineering
1992Jadavpur University, IndiaB.S. in Mechanical Engineering





Principles of heat conduction, forced and free convection and thermal radiation, and their application to various engineering problems. Mass transfer and its analogy to heat transfer phenomena are sketched. Special problems, such as boiling and condensation, heat transfer in high speed flow, and fire propagation are introduced. Mathematical analysis motivated by physical reasoning is emphasized.

Honors enrichment course supplementing a required junior level course in the Mechanical Engineering curriculum. This course is open to honors students who are enrolled in the affiliated required course in the mechanical engineering curriculum. The course provides coverage of more advanced topics and more in-depth analysis of concepts than are covered in the basic class. The course may include lecture and laboratory components at the instructor's discretion.

Thesis research on an experimental or theoretical project in mechanical engineering under a faculty advisor. A formal thesis must be submitted to fulfill the course requirements.

Project research in conjunction with industry under a faculty advisor. A formal report must be submitted to fulfill the course requirements.


Research awards

  • $ 39,603 awarded by Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. for Thermal Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of LUSV Machinery System
  • $ 13,310 awarded by Rhode Island Hospital for Sub-cellular Targeting of Endothelial ROS in Myocardial Ischemia


Research interests

  • Bioengineering
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • MEMS
  • Thermal Sciences

Select publications

See curriculum vitae for more publications

  • Bhowmick S., Khamis C. A., Bischof, J. C. (1998).
    "Response of a liver tissue slab to a hyperosmotic sucrose boundary condition: microscale cellular and vascular level effects"
    Ann. NY Acad.Sci., 858, 147-62.
  • Bhowmick, S., Swanlund, D. J., and Bischof, J. C. (2000).
    "Supraphysiological thermal injury in Dunning AT-1 prostate tumor cells"
    ASME J. Biomech., Engg, 122, 51-59.
  • Bhowmick, S., Lulloff, L., Swanlund D. J., Coad, J. E., Hoey, M. F., and Bischof, J. C. (2001).
    "Evaluation of thermal therapy in an animal model of prostate cancer using a wet electrode RF probe"
    Journal of Endourology, 15-16, 629-640.

Dr. Bhowmick obtained his undergraduate from Jadavpur University, Calcutta in 1992. He worked for Philips, India as a mechanization and maintenance engineer in the color television and audio equipment factory for two and a half years before coming to the US for his masters and Ph. D. His concentration in graduate studies was heat transfer and thermodynamics with a keen interest in their application in biomedical science. His Ph.D. dissertation was optimization of thermal therapy for treatment of prostate cancer. As a research fellow at Harvard Medical School, he has been trying to preserve mammalian cells, so that they can be kept in suspended animation for extensive time periods (months-years) and then revived for use when necessary.

The overarching theme of Prof. Bhowmick's work is studying heat, mass and chemical stresses in mammalian cells under altered environmental conditions. Currently, he is actively involved in developing nanofibrous scaffolds for various tissue engineering applications. One such application is the bioactive bandage for wound healing.