Dr. Todd Otanicar

Todd Otanicar

Assistant ProfessorStephenson Hall 2100
918-631-3148
todd-otanicar@utulsa.eduThe Energy and Nanoscale Transport Laboratory

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering (2009), Arizona State University
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering (2005), University of Cincinnati
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering (2002), University of Kansas

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Heat Transfer
  • Nanoscale Thermal Transport
  • Alternative Energy
  • Energy Efficiency

Areas of Research Focus

Dr. Otanicar’s research  focuses primarily on the intersection of nanoscale thermal transport in a wide variety of energy systems.  His research ranges from the development of new systems capable of dynamic control of thermal transport to designing new methods of energy conversion.  In addition, he is interested in a wide range of topics from building energy efficiency to heat transfer in marine animals.

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Loyola Marymount University, 2009-2012

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Design Engineer, GE Aircraft Engines, 2002-2006

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineering

Courses Taught at TU

  • Statics (ES 2013)

Publications

  • 2011 Band-gap Tuned Direct Absorption
    Otanicar, T.P.; Chowdhury, I.; Phelan, P. E.; Prasher, R. S.; “Band-gap Tuned Direct Absorption for a Hybrid Concentrating Solar Photovoltaic/Thermal System" Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, 133(4), 2011.
  • Prospects for Solar Cooling
    Otanicar, T. P.; Taylor, R. A.; Phelan, P. E.; “Prospects for Solar Cooling- An economic and Environmental Assessment” Solar Energy, 86(5), 2012.
  • A comparative environmental and economic analysis of conventional and nanofluid solar hot water technologies
    Otanicar, T., and Golden, J.: “A comparative environmental and economic analysis of conventional and nanofluid solar hot water technologies" Environmental Science and Technology 43, 2009.
  • Nanofluid based direct absorption solar collector
    Otanicar, T.P.; Phelan, P.E.; Prasher, R.S.; Rosengarten, G.; and Taylor, R.A.; “Nanofluid based direct absorption solar collector" Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy 3, 2010.
  • Parametric Analysis of a coupled photovoltaic/thermal concentrating solar collector
    Otanicar, T.P.; Chowdhury, I.; Phelan, P.E.; Prasher, R.S.; and Sherbeck, J.; “Parametric Analysis of a coupled photovoltaic/thermal concentrating solar collector for electricity generation" Journal of Applied Physics, 108(11), 2010.
  • Vapor Generation in a Nanoparticle
    Taylor, R.A.; Phelan, P.E.; Otanicar. T.P.; Adrian, R.J. and Prasher, R.S.; “Vapor Generation in a Nanoparticle Liquid Suspension Using a Focused, Continuous Laser" Applied Physics Letters 95, 2009.