Dr. Paul Ro

Dr. Paul Ro
Chair and Professor, Mechanical Engineering
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Chair and Professor, Mechanical Engineering


  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (High Distinction), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (1982)
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (1985)
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (1989)

Research Interests

  • Renewable Energy Harvesting and Storage
  • Vibro-acoustics and Control
  • Robotics and Automation
  • Ultra-precision Positioning and Microdynamics Characterization
  • Vehicle Dynamics and Control


  • Chair and Professor, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Baylor University, August 2018 - Present
  • Associate Dept. Head and Director of Graduate Programs, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Caroline State University, May 2012 - July 2018
  • Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University, August 2001 - July 2018
  • Associate Professor, Mechanicaland Aerospace Engineering, Precision Engineering Center, North Carolina State University, July 2018 - August 2001
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Design and Production Engineering, Seoul National University, South Korea, July 1995 - December 1995
  • Foreign Science Analysis Fellow - Offive of Naval Research, Dept. of Precision Machinery, University of Tokyo, Japan, May 1993 - July 1993
  • Research Assistant, Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, M.I.T., Cambridge, MA, September 1982 - January 1989

Selected Publications

  1. Vikram C. Patil, Jun Liu, and Paul I. Ro, “Efficiency Improvement with Liquid Piston Compressor using Metal Wire Mesh for Near-isothermal Compressed Air Energy Storage Application,” Journal of Energy Storage, 28 (2020), doi.org/10.1016/j.est.2020.101226
  2. Vikram C. Patil, Pinaki Acharya, and Paul I. Ro, "Experimental Investigation of Water Spray Injection in Liquid Piston for Near-isothermal Compression,” Applied Energy, 259 (2020), doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.114182
  3. V.C. Patil and P.I. Ro, “Experimental Study of Heat Transfer Enhancement in Liquid Piston Compressor using Aqueous Foam,” Applied Thermal Engineering, 164 (2020), doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2019.114441
  4. V.C. Patil, P. Acharya, P.I. Ro, “Experimental Investigation of Heat Transfer in Liquid Piston Compressor,” Applied Thermal Engineering, 146 (2019), 169-179, doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2018.09.121
  5. Vikram C. Patil and Paul I. Ro, “Energy and Exergy Analysis of Ocean Compressed Air Energy Storage Concepts,” Journal of Engineering, Vol 2018, Article ID 5254102, 14 pages, doi.org/10.1155/2018/5254102, 2018
  6. H.S. Bhaskaran, P.I. Ro, J-K. Park, K.R. Ramakrishnan, “Analysis of a Novel Technique for Temperature Rise Abatement in Liquid Piston Compressors – External Gas Injection,” ASME Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications, 9(2), pp 024503-1~13, doi: 10.1115/1.4035969, 2017
  7. R. Agarwala, P.I. Ro, “Separated Pitch Control at Tip (SePCaT): Innovative Blade Design Explorations for Large MW Wind Turbine Blades,” Journal of Wind Energy, Vol. 2015, Article ID 895974, 12 pages, doi:10.1155/2015/895974, 2015
  8. J. Kim,  P.  I.  Ro,  “Forced Convection  Cooling of  Low-power  Handheld  Devices  using a Vibrating Cantilever  Beam,”  ASME  Journal  of  Thermal  Science  and  Engineering  Applications,  7(2),  pp 021010-1~11, doi: 10.1115/1.4029677, 2015
  9. J. Kim, P. I. Ro, “Feasibility Study on Thermoacoustic Cooling for Low-Power Handheld Electronic Devices,” ASME Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications, 7(2), pp 021001-1~9, doi:10.1115/1.4029351, 2015
  10. J-K.  Park,  P.I.  Ro,  X.  He,  A.  Mazzoleni  “Analysis,  Fabrication  and  Testing  of  Liquid-Piston Compressor Prototype for Ocean Compressed Air Energy Storage (OCAES),” Marine Technology Society Journal, 48(6), pp 86-97, 2014
  11. R. Agarwala, P.I. Ro, “3D Analysis of Lift and Moment Adaptation via Control Surface Deployment on a 5MW Wind Turbine Blade,” Wind Engineering, Vol. 37 (5), pp 447-468,  2013
  12. J-K. Park, P.I. Ro, “Non-contact Manipulation of Light Objects based on Parameter Modulation of Acoustic Pressure Nodes,” ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, Vol. 135 (3), pp 031011-7, 2013
  13. S. Lim, A. Mazzoleni, J-K. Park, P.I. Ro, B. Quinlan, “Conceptual Design of Ocean Compressed Air Energy Storage System,” Marine Technology Society Journal, 47 (2), pp 70-81, 2013
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