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Manu Mital received his M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 2004, working in the field of heat transfer and optimization, under the supervision of Dr. Elaine Scott. He continued there to pursue his Ph.D. degree and work with the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES), a National Science Foundation (NSF) engineering research center affiliated to four other major universities. His role was to address the component-level thermal design issues in power electronics systems. In 2007, he completed his graduate studies with a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He then joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University. His primary research interests are in the fields of heat transfer, fluid dynamics, design optimization, and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC).