SCO2 expert takes faculty position at Florida university

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Institute Fellow Ganesan (Subbu) Subbaraman has been appointed to the faculty of the prestigious Center for Advanced Turbomachinery and Energy Research (CATER) and the Mechanical and Aerospace Department at the University of Central Florida.

In this honorary position, Dr. Subbaraman will provide guidance to the Center’s energy and power generation research initiatives, including supercritical carbon dioxide (SCO2) power cycles, hydrogen for power generation, and materials for extreme applications. He will also advise CATER faculty engaged in energy-related research projects in India, and assist in the establishment of joint research and education programs with universities there, including his alma mater PSG College of Technology.

The appointment reflects Dr. Subbaraman’s standing as a world-renowned authority in the field of SCO2 power generation. “His knowledge complements the current expertise at CATER and MAE, and we will benefit from his deep technical understanding, reputation, and industry relationships. He will contribute greatly to the holistic learning of our students,” says Jayanta Kapat, director of the CATER program.



, Dr. Subbaraman plays a key role in 



’s hydrogen for power generation initiatives. His work at 


 has included collaboration with South Korea, the U.S. Department of Energy, and several OEMs on SCO2 technology development. His efforts have contributed to development of a number of clean fossil energy technologies for efficient and environmentally sustainable power generation.

Dr. Subbaraman has over 40 years of experience in energy and aerospace industries, starting with space nuclear applications. Before joining 


, Dr. Subbaraman spent more than 35 years at companies including Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR), Pratt & Whitney, and Boeing, where he led strategy development, market assessments, resource allocation for the development and commercialization of technologies related to combustion devices, rotating machinery, heat transfer, and advanced materials.