Personal Profile

Bidzina Kekelia focuses on novel cooling solutions for power electronics and integrated electric traction drives for ground vehicles and electrified aviation applications. His career has included extensive support for the Ministry of Energy of Georgia, including preparing pre-feasibility techno-economic studies to attract funding to major power sector projects, and developing the Georgian power generation dispatch model for assessing the technical and financial benefits of exporting surplus summer electricity production from existing and proposed hydropower plants to neighboring countries. 

Research Interests

Power electronics and electric machines

Thermal management systems for integrated electric traction drives

Thermal energy recovery, storage, and applications

Passive two-phase heat transfer (heat pipes, thermosiphons)

Professional Experience

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Utah (2012–2015)

Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant, University of Utah (2007–2011)

Senior Energy Expert, CORE International (2004–2006)

Project Engineer, PA Consulting Group (2001–2003)

Deputy Project Director, Academy for Educational Development – Energy & Environment Program (1999–2000) 

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Mechanical Engineering, Georgian Technical University

Master, Renewable Energy, University of Oldenburg

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah


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