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Gianluca Puliti

  • Ph.D.
  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • University of Notre Dame
  • 5PublicationsNumber of items in Gianluca's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 2Followers


I was born on September 25, 1982 in Giulianova, and grew up in Roseto degli Abruzzi, a little town on the Adriatic, in central Italy. After completing high school with top grades at the Liceo Scientifico “M. Curie” in Giulianova in July 2001, I moved to the United States to start my undergraduate studies in Aerospace Engineering at Embry‐Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Daytona Beach, FL. During my college career I got involved in a variety of research activities that allowed me to finally discover my main area of interest: theoretical fluid dynamics and heat transfer. As an undergraduate student I often traveled to the University of Notre Dame, in Notre Dame, IN, during my summer breaks to work on two different projects. The first was on the analytical and computational analysis of combustion, while the second was on the thermodynamic efficiency of green chemicals, such as ionic liquids, for absorption refrigeration cycles. Before leaving Embry‐Riddle I also collaborated with Gulfstream on the analysis of the aerodynamics and stability of the variable sweep wings for their Quiet Supersonic Jet (QSJ). During my spare time at ERAU I have also been involved in a challenging theoretical physics project on perturbations solutions of the Einstein‐Klein‐Gordon equation for spin‐0 particles. This was presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the APS. I graduated summa cum laude in May 2006 with a bachelor in Aerospace Engineering, and a second bachelor in Engineering Physics. In August 2006 I transferred to Notre Dame, IN, to start my graduate studies in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Samuel Paolucci. My doctoral work involves the physical understanding and the discrete/continuum modeling of nanofluids (fluids with a dispersion of nanoparticles.) In fact, recently‐conducted experiments have indicated that nanofluids tend to have substantially higher coefficients of thermal conductivity than the base fluids. This is both surprising and significant, and is the reason why the study of nanofluids and of their transport properties in particular, is important. A better understanding of nanofluids would enable us to potentially use most of the green chemicals we have today as working fluids for various engineering applications, simply by the addition of nanoparticles to control their efficiency. The low toxicity, long lifetime, and antimicrobial properties of such a fluid would make it suitable for use in spacecrafts, perhaps, to increase the efficiency, lower the weight, and reduce the complexity of space thermal control systems. Countless other applications could benefit from a better understanding of nanofluids. I received my Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in May 2010. I anticipate completing my doctorate degree by 2012. I am a member of the following honor societies: Sigma Gamma Tau (aerospace engineering), Sigma Pi Sigma (physics), Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership), and Tau Beta Pi (engineering). I am also a member of the following academic and professional societies: AIAA, APS, SAE, MAA, SIAM and of the Albert Einstein Gesellschaft. I co‐funded the Tau Beta Rho Society (future Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society) at Embry‐Riddle Aeronautical University in 2006. At ERAU I was awarded the The Dalal Memorial Scholarship in 2004, and I received the Outstanding Academic Achievement and Leadership Award by the ERAU Student Activities in 2005. While at Notre Dame I was awarded the Notre Dame Center of Applied Mathematics (CAM) Summer Fellowship in 2007, the AIAA Graduate Award 2008, and the CAM Graduate Fellowship for the academic year 2009-2010. I enjoy photography, playing tennis, cooking, fishing, traveling, and playing the piano.

Recent publications

  • Nanofluid and Heat Transfer in Channel Entrance Region

    • Liu J
    • Puliti G
  • Properties of Au--H$_2$O Nanofluids Using Molecular Dynamics

    • Puliti G

Professional experience

Ph.D. Candidate

University of Notre Dame

September 2006 - Present


Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

University of Notre Dame, IN

May 2010 - Present

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

University of Notre Dame, IN

August 2006 - May 2010(4 years)

B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and B.S. in Engineering Physics

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

August 2001 - May 2006(5 years)

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