Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Research Associate Professor 

Contact Information:
MS110-3 NASA Glenn Research Center

Cleveland, Ohio 44135
Phone: (216) 433-8744


BS, Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology
MS, PhD, Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Interests:

Dr. Hegde studies combustion and fluid dynamics phenomena with applications to waste management, water reclamation, and engine combustion efficiency. He currently serves as a US investigator on a collaborative NASA-CNES (French Space Agency) experiment on supercritical water being conducted on the International Space Station (ISS). He is also involved in researching autoignition phenomena in hydrothermal flames with NASA and Canadian researchers. Previous instances of his association with NASA include serving as Facility Scientist for the ISS Combustion Integrated Rack Facility, and serving as Co-Principal Investigator on the Transitional/Turbulent Gas Jet Diffusion Flame experiment on the Space Shuttle.

Recent Publications:

  • Reddy, S., Nanda, S., Hegde, U., Hicks, M., and Kozinski, J., “Ignition of n-propanol-air hydrothermal flames during supercritical water oxidation”, Proceedings of the 36th International Symposium on Combustion, The Combustion Institute, Pittsburgh, 2016.
  • Gordon, P., Gotti, D., Hegde, U., Hicks, M., and Sivashinsky G., "On autoignition of hydrothermal flames", Proceedings of The Royal Society of London, A, 471, 2015
  • Reddy, S., Nanda, S., Hegde, U., Hicks, M., and Kozinski, J., “Ignition of Hydrothermal Flames”, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Advances, 5, 36404, 2015.
  • Hegde, U., Gotti, D., and Hicks, M., “The Transition to Turbulence of Near-Critical Buoyant Water Jets”, Journal of Supercritical Fluids, 95, pp. 195-203, 2014.