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MME PhD Candidate awarded ASHRAE’s Graduate GIA Honorarium for Research

MME PhD Candidate awarded ASHRAE’s Graduate GIA Honorarium for Research

Ms. Deepthi Sharan Thatiparti


Ms. Deepthi Sharan Thatiparti, a winner of 2015-2016 ASHRAE’s Graduate Grant-in-Aid has been awarded ASHRAE’s Graduate GIA Honorarium.  The award in the amount of $1500 recognizes exceptional ASHRAE’s Graduate Grant-in-Aid winners who presents a Technical paper on ASHRAE-related technology advances at the society’s Annual/Winter conferences. This has been a very successful ASHRAE program since 1968 and many of the Society’s leaders and project principal investigators first got involved with ASHRAE through this program.

ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers), founded in 1894, is an international organization advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. ASHRAE’s well-recognized standards and guidelines relating to HVAC systems are often referenced in building codes by consulting engineers, mechanical contractors, architects, and government agencies

Ms. Thatiparti is being recognized by ASHRAE for her Technical paper, "Assessing effectiveness of ceiling ventilated Mock Airborne Infection Isolation Room (AIIR) in preventing hospital acquired influenza transmission to health-care workers."  The paper presented the Computational Fluid Dynamics study of the infectious patient bio-aerosol transport behavior in a traditional ceiling-ventilated Mock AIIR and the role of the AIIR ventilation system configuration in protecting Health care workers from airborne infection. 

Ms. Thatiparti’s doctoral dissertation research is within the scope of ASHRAE as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH’s) National Occupational Research Agenda’s (NORA) priority research topic for improving the Health of Workers in indoor work environments such as AIIRs.

Ms. Thatiparti’s persistent involvement in ASHRAE and CDC-NIOSH research activities also include a journal paper in review.  Her ongoing research is being conducted under the supervision of her academic advisor, Professor Urmila Ghia at The Computational Fluid Dynamics Research Laboratory, The University of Cincinnati. 

In addition to her exemplary academic accomplishments, she is passionately engaged in numerous professional organizations such as Graduate Women in Science (GWIS), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), SWE (Society of Women Engineers), APS (American Physical Society) and AAUW (American Association of University Women). 

Congratulations to Ms. Thatiparti. We wish her continued success in professional career and in her future research work.