Sai Lau

Senior Professor

Sai Lau

Office: MEOB 318
Phone: 979.845.0171
Fax: 979.845.3081

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Research Interests

Internal turbine blade cooling with and without rotation; local convective heat transfer with naphthalene sublimation technique and heat and mass transfer analogy; local convective heat transfer with steady and transient methods using thermochromic liquid crystals; heat transfer enhancement for single phase convection and boiling; heat exchangers; electronic package cooling; and conjugate heat transfer

Awards & Honors

  • Associate Technical Editor, ASME Journal of Heat Transfer (2006 - 2009)
  • Fellow, ASME International
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award (2005)
  • Journal of Heat Transfer Best Reviewer Award, ASME International (2003)
  • 3-M Fellow, Texas A&M University College of Engineering, Texas A&M University (2003)


  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 1980
  • University of Minnesota, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1978
  • Texas Tech University, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1975

Selected Publications

Sathyamurthi, V., Ahn, H.S., Banerjee, D., and Lau, S.C., “Subcooled Pool Boiling Experiments on Horizontal Heaters Coated with Carbon Nanotubes,” ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, 131:071501.1-10, 2009.

Mhetras, S., Ahn, H.S., and Lau, S.C., “Effect of Jet Impingement on Heat Transfer in Annular Channels with Parallel and Counter Flows,” Journal of Energy, Heat and Mass Transfer, 30:229-250, 2008.

Lau, S.C., Cervantes, J., Han, J.C., and Rudolph, R.J., “Internal Cooling near Trailing Edge of a Gas Turbine Airfoil with Cooling Airflow through Blockages with Holes,” ASME Journal of Turbomachinery, 130:031004.1-9, 2008.

Choi, J.-H., Mhetras, S., Han, J.C., Lau, S.C., and Rudolph, R.J., “Film Cooling and Heat Transfer on Two Cutback Trailing Edge Models through Slots with Upstream Perforated Blockages,” ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, 130:012201.1-13, 2008.

Ahn, H.S., Lee, S.W., Lau, S.C., and Banerjee, D., “Heat (Mass) Transfer Downstream of Blockages with Round and Elongated Holes in a Rectangular Channel,” ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, 129:1676-1685, 2007.