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Kamau Wright

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
860.768.4855 UT 221 LinkedIn

PhD, Drexel University

MS, Drexel University

BS, Howard University


  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Member, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Research Interests

  • Plasma Water Treatment
  • Plasma Engineering
  • Thermal and Fluid Sciences
  • Fouling Prevention and Mitigation for Heat Exchangers
  • Produced Water from Oil and Gas Exploration
  • Inactivation of Bacteria using Plasma
  • Oxidation of Organic Matter in Water
  • Energy
  • Liquid-Vapor Phase-Change Phenomena
  • Heat Transfer


Archival Journal Papers

  • H.S. Kim, K. Wright, J. Piccioni, D. Cho, Y.I. Cho. Inactivation of Bacteria by the Application of Spark Plasma in Produced Water. Separation and Purification Technology. (Published online October 2015,
  • Hyoung-Sup Kim, K. Wright, Daniel Cho, Young I. Cho. Self-cleaning filtration with spark discharge in produced water. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 2015. 88: p. 527-537.
  • Y. I. Cho, K. C. Wright, H.S. Kim, D. J. Cho, A. Rabinovich and A. Fridman. Stretched arc discharge in produced water. Review of Scientific Instruments, 2015. 86(1): p. 013501.
  • K.C. Wright, H.S. Kim, D.J. Cho, A. Rabinovich, A. Fridman, Y.I. Cho. New Fouling Prevention Method using a Plasma Gliding Arc for Produced Water Treatment. Desalination, 2014. 345: p. 64
  • H.S. Kim, K.C. Wright, I.W. Hwang, D.H. Lee, A. Rabinovich, A. Fridman, Y.I. Cho. Concentration of hydrogen peroxide generated by gliding arc discharge and inactivation of E. coli in water. International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer, 2013. 42: p. 5-10.
  • H.S. Kim, K.C. Wright, I.H. Hwang, D.H. Lee, A. Rabinovich, A. Fridman, & Y. I. Cho. Effects of H2O2 and low pH produced by gliding arc discharge on the inactivation of Escherichia coli in water. Plasma Medicine, 2011. 1(3-4).

Conference Papers, Unpublished Theses, and Technical Reports

  • Y.I. Cho, K.C. Wright, H.S. Kim, D. Cho, A. Rabinovich, A. Fridman. Plasma treatment of produced water from hydraulic fracturing for shale gas. 74th Annual International Water Conference (IWC), Orlando, Florida, November 17 – 21, 2013. [Refereed Conference Papers]
  • Wright, K.C. M.S. Thesis: Electrochemical Reduction of Water Hardness for the Prevention of Fouling in Cooling Water Treatment. June 2012. Drexel University. [Unpublished Thesis]
  • Kamau Wright, Stephanie Dunda, Jessica Ward, Mary Jo Grdina, Timothy Kurzweg. Development and Implementation of Engineering Modules into a 9th Grade Biochemistry Class Based on the NAE Grand Challenges.