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Dr. Ramani Mani
Retired 2.1.2004 as Chief Technologist - Aeroacoustics
Energy & Propulsion Technologies
GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY
NRC Research Associate, NASA LaRC, Hampton , Va.
BE in Mechanical Engineering, University of Bombay, India - 1963
MS (1964) and PhD (1967) in Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena , California
Since his PhD from Caltech in 1967, Dr Mani has mostly worked at GE Global Research (GEGR) at the site at Niskayuna, NY. He was employed there from 1967 to 1969 and then again from 1971 to 2.1.2004. From 1969 to 1971, he taught at the University of Massachusetts in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering first as Assistant Professor and then as Associate Professor. At GEGR , for over 25 years , he served as manager of a Fluid Mechanics group of order 20 professional staff engaged in R&D relevant to GE businesses in areas such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) , experimental fluid mechanics and aeroacoustics. The main GE businesses with whom this group interacted were GE Power Systems (including gas & steam turbines, GE Nuclear, etc) and GE Aircraft Engines. For the past few years, Dr Mani was in the role of technical staff as Chief Technologist - Aeroacoustics. He spent the academic year 1978-79 as a Visiting Professor of Aeronautics & Jet Propulsion at the California Institute of Technology.
His personal areas of technical specialization have been in turbomachinery, unsteady fluid mechanics and aeroacoustics. He served in the late nineties on an NRC (National Research Council) panel reviewing activities for the US Army Technology Assessment Board focusing on the Vehicle Technology Directorate.
He was engaged at NASA LaRC on a project to improve aircraft engine inlet liner effectiveness by use of blowing at the wall and a study of non axisymmetric jet noise.