Dr. Shah has been active in research, design, and analysis in many areas of mechanical engineering. These include heat transfer, fluid flow, HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing , fire protection, energy conservation, and renewable energy systems.
He is well-known for the development of general predictive techniques for heat transfer during boiling and condensation which are widely used in the industry and are included in most reference books. His other researches include cooling of inlet air for turbines and engines, solar power plants, ice making machines, thermal energy storage, etc. He has over 75 publications including research papers and chapters in engineering handbooks.
Dr. Shah has designed HVAC systems for most facilities including power plants, schools, hospitals, laboratories, computer rooms, communication centers, motels, dormitories, apartment houses, etc.Many of them involved analyses and features to minimize energy consumption.
He has been involved with various ASHRAE Technical committees including 1.3, 8.4, and 8.10. He was honored with the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award. He is a member of the K-13 committee of ASME for Multi-Phase Heat Transfer.
Dr. Shah obtained BSME degree from Aligarh University in India, MSME from California State University, and PhD from University of Sunderland in UK.