Molecular Engineering and Liquid Thermal (MELT) Laboratory
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Office hours are posted on your syllabus and all lengthy meetings require email appointments.
The preferred way to get response from me is through emails.
Do not send attachments or scanned assignments to my email, use Blackboard
For assignment or exam related questions, consolidate all questions into one email.
Current Course Assignments
1) ETME 4376 Applied Thermodynamics
Students learn the fundamentals of gas concepts, gas measuring devices, and calibration of measuring instruments. Topics may include vapor and gas cycles, ideal gas mixtures, reading of psychrometric charts, determining fuel combustion efficiency of a steam generating system, and measuring or analyzing humid air and steam conditions including heat content. Concepts of Rankine cycle as the basis for steam and heat engine operations will also be discussed.
2) ETEC 4378 Heat Transfer and HVAC systems
Students study the concepts of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. Topics include multi-mode heat transfer, heat exchangers, controls, electric motors, refrigeration and air-conditioning, chilled-water systems, domestic and commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Equipment such as condensers, compressors, evaporators, expansion devices, safety tools and shop practices are also covered.
3) ETEC 3375 Statics
This course examines qualitative and quantitative treatments of forces and moments. Designing trusses, constructing free body diagrams, and performing equilibrium analysis for coplanar systems are included.
Advice for Students Requesting Reference Letters (click here)
I'm glad to see that you're pursuing further opportunities, and I'm always willing to support your endeavors. However, due to the sheer number of requests I receive and time constraints, there are certain guidelines I would like you to follow before requesting a reference letter from me. This way, I can create a letter that will truly aid your application process.
For Students Engaged in Research with Me:
If we've collaborated on research projects (e.g. published work), I can provide a more personalized letter. In order to do so, please consider the following:
Contact me at least one week before the earliest reference is due.
Include a brief summary (2-3 paragraphs) of our joint research projects in your request. I will rephrase it to fit the context.
Share any other specific highlights that you think may not be covered in other recommendation letters.
For Students from my Class:
For those who have taken my classes, I will likely submit a generic letter, following the template provided below. Please note the following:
Fill out the given template and provide it in a Word document. I will then include a letterhead and my signature.
Feel free to add any additional details or achievements. I may or may not incorporate them, but it helps if something you did particularly stands out, e.g., a top-ranking assignment.
[Your Full Name's Recommendation Letter]
Dear [Recipient's Name],
I am delighted to recommend [Your Full Name] for admission to your department's graduate program.
[Your First Name] was a diligent student in my course, ETEC3375 (Statics), in Fall 2025, where they earned an A grade, placing them in the top 10-15% of the class.
My class covered the fundamentals of vectors, free body diagrams, force estimation of structures, and bridge analysis.
[----Insert specific achievements or positive experiences from my class----]
I confidently affirm that [Your First Name] has mastered the key concepts covered in the course, demonstrating their readiness for graduate study.
For additional queries regarding [Your First Name]'s application, please feel free to reach out to me via email or phone.
Dr. Sumith Yesudasan