Dr. Maneesh Punetha Assistant Professor
School of Mechanical Sciences

Research Interests

Clean Energy;
Hydrogen Safety;
Nuclear Energy Safety;
Thermal Hydraulics;
Heat Transfer;

Contact Details

  • E208, School of Mechanical Sciences, IIT Bhubaneswar
  • maneeshp@iitbbs.ac.in, maneesh40@gmail.com

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 Degree Discipline Year School
  Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering 2020 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, India
  M.Tech. Mechanical Engineering (Specialization:Thermal System Design) 2014 Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat, India
  B.Tech. Mechanical Engineering 2011 Government College of Engineering, Amravati, India


Dr. Maneesh Punetha is a teacher and researcher with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, India. He has an academic and professional background, having worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and at IIT Kanpur, India. Additionally, he has practical experience in handling safety requirements of the steel industry. He was responsible for regulatory compliance and risk assessments of process and operation at several important units of ESSAR Steel India Ltd., India.
Dr. Punetha specializes in phase change processes, multiphase flows, and heat transfer systems. His research focuses on developing efficient and reliable cooling solutions for energy systems and electronics. Currently, he is also involved in teaching, laboratory development activities, and research projects at the School of Mechanical Sciences, IIT Bhubaneswar, India.
Dr. Punetha has made significant contributions to the field, having designed and built two large-scale experimental facilities (CoSMUS and THYCON) to study nuclear accident phenomenology. He has collaborated with government and private partners in India and abroad, including BARC, BRNS, Nuclear Energy Agency, Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, and Framatome.
His research has resulted in seven publications in peer-reviewed journals, several book chapters, and conference presentations. He has received many awards for his research work and academics, including the "Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award, 2020" from IIT Kanpur.
Dr. Punetha's dedication to his work is evident through his commitment to sustainable engineering solutions for the energy sector while considering safety and the environment. He hails from a beautiful valley city, Pithoragarh, in Uttrakhand, India, and enjoys bringing creativity to both his academic and extracurricular endeavors.


Teacher (Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India)

  • ME6L162 Nuclear Power Generation and Safety*

  • ME1P001 / CE1P001 Introduction to Manufacturing Processes (Laboratory)*

Teacher (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden)

  • FSH3001 HT21-1 Nuclear Power Safety Engineering Project

  • SH1015 HT21 Applied Modern Physics (Project)





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Professional Experience

1. Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India (Dec 2023 - Ongoing) 2. Postdoctoral Fellow, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden (Jun 2021 - Dec 2023) 3. Postdoctoral Fellow, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, UP, India (Aug 2020 - Jun 2021) 4. Assistant Manager, Essar Steel India Limited, Hazira, Surat, GJ, India (Jul 2011 - Aug 2012)

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