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Dr. G. Amba Prasad Rao, presently on deputation from NIT Warangal is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He graduated from JNTU College of Engineering in the year 1988 with Mechanical Engineering. Soon after completing B.Tech, he worked as a Teaching Assistant at his alma mater for a brief period of about one year. In 1989 he moved to NIT Warangal (formerly REC Warangal) as a Teaching Assistant and pursued M.Tech with specialization - design and Production of Internal Combustion Engine and gas Turbines and obtained the degree in 1992. From May 1992 to December 1995, he worked as Senior Scientific Officer-II in the research project Technical Back-up Support Unit under national Programme of Improved Chulha of Ministry of Non-conventional Energy Sources, New Delhi. This is a prestigious research project sanctioned to REC Warangal to remove drudgery in rural households. He was instrumental in developing two Chulhas -one works with powder biomass and the other with firewood, Gramalaxmi without chimney. Under this he published one journal paper, and two internal conference papers and visited Dhaka in connection with presentation of paper.
He joined NIT Warangal as a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering on 1st January, 1996. While teaching at NIT Warangal, he started his Ph.D and obtained the degree in the year 2003. The title of Ph.D thesis is Investigations on Biodiesel as a Diesel Engine Fuel. He was promoted to Assistant Professor and later as Professor in the years in 2004 and 2011 respectively. Since he joined as a Lecturer, he was actively involved in the Teaching and Research activity. He was the Principal Developer for the Pedagogical course on Internal Combustion Engines and Automobile Engineering. The project was funded by MHRD under NMEICT scheme sanctioned to IIT Kharagpur. He was co-Investigator in three projects (i) Technical Back-up Support Unit under national Programme of Improved Chulha (ii) Use of Jatropha Oil as an Alternative Fuel(vegetable based) for Automobiles and (iii) Development of Adiabatic Diesel engines with biodiesel as a fuel.
His biography was published in Mariqui’s who’s who in Science and technology of 2004. He was founder coordinator for the M.Tech in Automobile Engineering course at NIT Warangal in 2008-09. He has supervised 8 Ph.D theses and currently 3 are in progress. He has guided 52 M.Tech dissertations and 23 B.Tech projects. He has 40 SCI/SCOPUS indexed and 24 non-indexed papers in reputed international journal and about 20 papers in reputed conference. He gave number of presentations in the area of Internal Combustion Engines, Alternative Fuels and Emission Control. He organized several short-term programmes.
He has also worked a Professor in-charge Training and Placement Section at NIT Warangal and also as Associate Dean, Academics and Faculty Advisor for M. Tech in Thermal Engineering programme and faculty Advisor of Nature Club, Mechanical Engineering Association. He was member of Board of Studies and faculty selections.
He has organized one prestigious 1st International and 18th National Conference on Mechanical Engineering for Sustainable Development under the aegis of Indian Society of Mechanical Engineers (ISME) during February 23-25, 2017 at NIT Warangal. Around 50 papers of the conference presentations have been brought out in the form of book edited by him, by a prestigious publishers-Apple Academic Press of CRC USA. He visited USA, Malaysia and Dubai in connection with presentation of technical papers. He chaired many technical sessions.