Puneet Rana


2009- 2013: Ph.D. in Mathematics,
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, INDIA

2006- 2008: M.Sc. (Honors School) in Mathematics, Panjab University Chandigarh, INDIA

2003- 2006: B.Sc. (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry), Panjab University Chandigarh, INDIA

Courses teaching in WKU

Calculus II (MATH 2416)

Calculus III (MATH 3415)

Applied Statistics I (MATH 2526)

Real Analysis I (MATH 4451)

Numerical Analysis (MATH 3940)


Dr. Puneet Rana is working as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the Wenzhou-Kean University, Wenzhou, China. He has more than 10 years of teaching and research experience. He has received his Ph.D. degree in the field of applied mathematics with specialization in “nanofluids” from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, INDIA in 2013. He was awarded “research fellowship” for pursuing higher education by CSIR, INDIA and travel grant for attending various international conferences by INSA and DST, INDIA. He has also guided two Ph. D. students in field of “nanotechnology” and published more than 60 research papers in international journal and conferences of high impact with more than 2100 Google and Scopus citation. He was also invited to school of mathematical sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia for research collaborative work. One of his papers is recognized by Science-Direct as a most cited paper published in Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation, Elsevier in 2012. He has participated and contributed in many conferences and workshops as keynote speaker and technical committee member. He served as a reviewer of several Top ISI journals including Scientific reports, Physics of fluids, IJHMT, IJTS and many more.

Research interests

Nanotechnology, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Mathematical Modelling, Analytical and Numerical Methods, Heat Transfer Applications, Soft Computing

Ph.D. Supervised

  • Student Name: Ruchika Dhanai

Thesis Title: Numerical Study of MHD Flow and Heat Transfer Problems in Nanofluids

Status: Thesis Defended, 2017.

Link: http://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in

  • Student Name: Nisha Shukla

Thesis Title: Application of Homotopy Analysis Methods to Transport Phenomena in Nanofluids

Status: Thesis Defended, 2019.

Link: http://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in

  • Student Name: Meenakshi Khurana

Thesis Title: Convective Instability and Heat Transfer in Newtonian and non-Newtonian Nanofluids

Status: Thesis Defended, 2021.

Selected Publications

Journal Publications (2017-2022)

  1. Rana, P., Gupta, G. (2022). Heat transfer optimization of Marangoni convective flow of nanofluid over an infinite disk with Stefan blowing and slip effects using Taguchi method, International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 130, No. 105822. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 5.683)
  2. Rana, P., Gupta, G. (2021). Numerical and sensitivity computations of three-dimensional flow and heat transfer of nanoliquid over a wedge using modified Buongiorno model, Computers & Mathematics with Applications, Vol. 101, pp. 51-62. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 3.476)
  3. Rana, P., Al-Kouz, W., Mahanthesh, B., Mackolil, J. (2021). Heat transfer of TiO2− EG nanoliquid with active and passive control of nanoparticles subject to nonlinear Boussinesq approximation. International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 126, No. 105443. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 5.683)
  4. Rana, P., Srikantha, N., Muhammad, T., & Gupta, G. (2021). Computational study of three-dimensional flow and heat transfer of 25 nm Cu–H2O nanoliquid with convective thermal condition and radiative heat flux using modified Buongiorno model. Case Studies in Thermal Engineering, Vol. 27, No. 101340. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 4.724)
  5. Rana, P., Makkar, V., Gupta, G. (2021). Finite Element Study of Bio-Convective Stefan Blowing Ag-MgO/Water Hybrid Nanofluid Induced by Stretching Cylinder Utilizing Non-Fourier and Non-Fick’s Laws. Nanomaterials, Vol. 11(7), No. 1735. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.=5.076)
  6. Rana, P., Shehzad S. A., Ambreen T., Selim M. M., (2021). Numerical study based on CVFEM for nanofluid radiation and magnetized natural convected heat transportation, Journal of Molecular Liquids, 335, No. 116134. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 6.165)
  7. Rana, P., Gupta, V., Kumar, L. (2021) LTNE magneto-thermal stability analysis on rough surfaces utilizing hybrid nanoparticles and heat source with artificial neural network prediction. Applied Nanoscience. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13204-021-01913-5. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 3.674)
  8. Rana, P., Mahanthesh, B., Nisar, K. S., Swain, K., Devi, M. (2021). Boundary layer flow of magneto-nanomicropolar liquid over an exponentially elongated porous plate with Joule heating and viscous heating: a numerical study. Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, Vol. 46, pp. 12405–12415. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 2.334)
  9. Areekara, S., Mackolil, J., Mahanthesh, B., Mathew, A., Rana, P. (2021). A study on nanoliquid flow with irregular heat source and realistic boundary conditions: A modified Buongiorno model for biomedical applications. ZAMM‐Journal of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics. https://doi.org/10.1002/zamm.202100167 (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 1.603)
  10. Mahanthesh, B., Thriveni, K., Rana, P., Muhammad, T. (2021). Radiative heat transfer of nanomaterial on a convectively heated circular tube with activation energy and nanoparticle aggregation kinematic effects. International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer, 127, No. 105568. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 5.683)
  11. Reddy, C. S., Mahanthesh, B., Rana, P., Nisar, K. S. (2021). Entropy generation analysis of tangent hyperbolic fluid in quadratic Boussinesq approximation using spectral quasi-linearization method. Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (English Edition), 42, pp. 1525-1542. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 2.866)
  12. Albatati F., Rana, P., Z., (2021), External field impact on expedition of discharging including nanoparticles, Journal of Molecular Liquids, Vol. 334, No. 116102. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 6.165)
  13. Zhang Y., Rana, P., Moradi R., Li. Z., (2021), Mixing performance of transverse hydrogen/air multi-jet through coaxial injector arrays in supersonic crossflow, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 46, pp. 19645-19656. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 5.816)
  14. Gupta, Y., Rana, P., (2021), MHD natural convection in inclined wavy annulus utilizing hybrid nanofluid with discrete wavy coolers. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, Springer, 143, pp. 1303-1318. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 4.626)
  15. Rana P., Shukla N., Beg O.A., Bhardwaj A. (2021), Lie Group Analysis of Nanofluid Slip Flow with Stefan Blowing Effect via Modified Buongiorno’s Model: Entropy Generation Analysis, Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems, Springer, 29, pp. 193-210. (WOS-ESCI, SCOPUS)
  16. Rana, P., Khurana M. (2020), LTNE thermoconvective instability in Newtonian rotating layer under magnetic field utilizing nanoparticles. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s10973-020-10301-0. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 2.731)
  17. Shukla, N., Rana, P., Pop, I. (2020). Second law thermodynamic analysis of thermo-magnetic Jeffery–Hamel dissipative radiative hybrid nanofluid slip flow: existence of multiple solutions. The European Physical Journal Plus, Vol. 135(10), pp. 1-24. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 3.228)
  18. Rana, P., Shukla N., Gupta,, Pop I., (2019), ‘Homotopy analysis method for predicting multiple solutions in the channel flow with stability analysis’, Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation, Elsevier, Vol. 66, pp. 183-193. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 3.181).
  19. Rana P., Shukla N., Gupta Y., Pop I., (2019), ‘Analytical prediction of multiple solutions for MHD Jeffery–Hamel flow and heat transfer utilizing KKL nanofluid model’, Physics Letters A, Elsevier, 383 (2-3), pp. 176-185. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 1.863).
  20. Kumar, S., Sharma, P.K. and Rana, P., (2019). Critical values in transport phenomena for curved power-law sheet utilizing Al2O3-Cu/water hybrid nanoliquid: Model prediction and stability analysis, Advanced Powder Technology, Vol. 30, pp. 2787-2800 (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 3.250).
  21. Rana P., Agarwal S., Bhardwaj A. (2019), Triple diffusive convection study of a binary nanofluid saturated rotating porous layer under the influence of magnetic field, International Journal for Computational Methods in Engineering Science and Mechanics, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 20, pp. 395-403. (WOS-ESCI, SCOPUS)
  22. Rana P., Shukla N., Beg O. A. (2019), Unsteady MHD non-Newtonian (rheological) heat transfer nanofluids with entropy generation analysis, Nonlinear Engineering-Modeling and Application, 8, pp. 630–644. (WOS-ESCI, SCOPUS)
  23. Rana P., Shukla N. (2019), Entropy generation analysis for non-similar analytical study of nanofluid flow and heat transfer under the influence of aligned magnetic field, Alexandria Engineering Journal, Elsevier, 57 (4), pp. 3299-3310. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F. 3.696)
  24. Shukla N., Rana P., Beg O.A., Singh B., Kadir A. (2019), Homotopy study of magnetohydrodynamic mixed convection nanofluid multiple slip flow and heat transfer from a vertical cylinder with entropy generation, Propulsion and Power Research, Elsevier, 8, pp. 147-162. (WOS-ESCI, SCOPUS)
  25. Swapna G., Kumar L., Rana P., Kumari A., Singh B.,(2018), Finite element study of radiative double-diffusive mixed convection magneto-micropolar flow in a porous medium with chemical reaction and convective condition, Alexandria Engineering Journal, Vol. 57, pp. 107-120. (WOS-ESCI, SCOPUS)
  26. Sheikholeslami, M., Chamkha, A.J., Rana, P., Moradi, R. (2017), Combined thermophoresis and Brownian motion effects on nanofluid free convection heat transfer in an L-shaped enclosure, Chinese Journal of Physics, Elsevier, 55, pp. 2356-2370. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 1.051)
  27. Rana, P.; Dhanai, R., and Kumar, L. (2017), MHD slip flow and heat transfer of Al2O3-water Nanofluid over a horizontal shrinking cylinder using Buongiorno’s model: Effect of nanolayer and nanoparticle diameter, Advanced Powder Technology, Elsevier, 28, pp.1727-1738. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 2.943)
  28. Rana P., Uddin M.J., Gupta, P. and Ismail A.I.M. (2017), Slip effects on MHD Hiemenz stagnation point nanofluid flow and heat transfer along a nonlinearly shrinking sheet with induced magnetic field: Multiple solutions, Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering, Springer. DOI: 1007/s40430-017-0730-z (WOS-SCIE, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 1.235)
  29. Sheikholeslami, M.; Rana, P. & Soleimani, S. (2017), Numerical study of MHD natural convection liquid metal flow and heat transfer in wavy enclosure using CVFEM, Heat Transfer Research, Begell house Publications, 48, pp.121-138. (WOS-SCIE, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.= 0.930)
  30. Rana P.; Dhanai R & Kumar L. (2017), Radiative nanofluid flow and heat transfer over a non-linear permeable sheet with slip conditions and variable magnetic field: Dual solutions, Ain Shams Engineering Journal, Elsevier Publications, 8, pp. 341-352. (WOS-SCI, SCOPUS, JCR I.F.=3.091)

Conference Proceedings (2017-2021)

  1. Rana P. (2020), MHD convective heat transfer in the annulus between concentric cylinders utilizing nanoparticles and non-uniform heating, AIP Conference Proceedings, Vol. 2214, 020013.
  2. Shukla N., Rana P. (2019), Unsteady EMHD stagnation flow of a second grade nanofluid over a stretching sheet: HAM solutions, AIP Conference Proceedings, Vol. 2061, 020021.
  3. Verma G., Thakur P., Rana P. (2019), Elastic-plastic analysis of transversely isotropic spherical shell under internal pressure, AIP Conference Proceedings, Vol. 2061, 020031.
  4. Rana P., Khurana M., Srivastava, S. (2017), Linear stability analysis on the onset of MHD non-Newtonian viscoelastic rotating nanofluid layer with heat generation, AIP Conference Proceedings, Vol. 1897 (1), 020030.
  5. Agarwal S., Rana P. (2017), Influence of g–jitter on the Rayleigh-Bénard convection in nanofluids with internal heat source, AIP Conference Proceedings, Vol. 1897 (1), 020013.
  6. Verma G., Rana P. (2017), Creep stresses in a spherical shell under steady state temperature, AIP Conference Proceedings, 1897 (1), 020033.
  7. Shukla N, Rana P. (2017), Unsteady MHD nanofluid flow past a stretching sheet with Stefan blowing effect: HAM solution, AIP Conference Proceedings. 1897 (1), 020037.
  8. Shukla, N., Rana, P., Beg O.A. & Singh B. (2017), Effect of chemical reaction and viscous dissipation on MHD nanofluid flow over a horizontal cylinder: Analytical solution, AIP Conference Proceedings, 1802 (1), 020015.
  9. Verma, G., Rana, P., Pathania D.S., Thakur P (2017). ‘Creep transition in the rotating spherical shell under the effect of density variable by Seth’s transition theory, AIP Conference Proceedings, 1802 (1), 020020.

Edited Books

Book entitled ‘Proceedings of Academia-Industry Consortium for Data Science’ in Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, Springer.

Invited Talks

  1. Delivered one invited talk in the online workshop “Role of Technology and Some Specific Tools in Research” organized by the Academic Association, SGTU in collaboration with Prodigy-A Science, FOSC during June 28 to July 3, 2021 in online mode.
  2. Delivered two invited talks in Short Term Training Programme on “Computational Softwares (MATLAB & MATHEMATICA)” organized by Applied Mathematics and Humanities Department (AMHD), Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT), Surat-395007, from May 17 to May 22, 2021 in online mode.
  3. Delivered two invited talks in One Week Online Short-Term Training Programme on “Academic Writing using Latex” organized by Applied Mathematics and Humanities Department (AMHD), Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT), Surat-395007, from Jan 04 to Jan 08, 2021 in online mode.
  4. Delivered two invited lectures in Short Term Training Programme on “Computational Softwares (MATLAB & MATHEMATICA)” organized by Applied Mathematics and Humanities Department (AMHD), Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT), Surat-395007, from October 05 to October 09, 2020 in online mode.
  5. Delivered two invited lectures in Short Term Training Programme on “Advanced Computational Techniques in Engineering Sciences” organized by Department of Mathematics, NIT Uttarakhand, Srinagar (Garhwal) from Feb 24, 2020 to Feb 28, 2020.
  6. Delivered three invited talks in seven days Short Term Course (STC)/ Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on “Mathematical Computational Skills: A Practical Approach” organized by Department of Mathematics, Panjab University from Jan 08, 2020 to Jan 14, 2020.
  7. Delivered two expert lectures in one-week national workshop on “Development of Soft Skills (MATLAB, LATEX & MATHEMATICA)” organized by the Department of Applied Sciences & Humanities, Rajkiya Engineering College, Ambedkar Nagar (UP) from March 25- March 29, 2019.

Research Gate & Google Scholar Statistics

Research Gate

RG Score: 29.7, Publications: 70, Reads: 8639, Citations: 1678, h-index: 19, h-index (excluding self-citations): 18.

Google Scholar

Citations: 2237, h-index: 23, i-10 index: 36.

Projects at WKU

Principal Investigator in Natural Science Class I internal Project:

  • Title: Study of Thermal Performance of Different Solar Collectors utilizing Hybrid Nanomaterials with Machine Learning. Program No: IRSPG202104, Funding: 100000 RMB.

The investigator in the following Student partnering with Faculty (SpF) projects:

(1)  Optimal Geometry of Complex Channels/Cavities for Efficient Energy Systems Utilizing Nanoparticles.

(2)  Traffic Sign Detection and Recognition for Self-Driving Car: A YOLO based approach.

Skills & Memberships

  • Computer Languages and Software packages:

C++, Fortran, Latex, MATLAB, MAPLE, MATHEMATICA, COMSOL Multiphysics, R-programming, Smart draw, Origin, G Mesh.

  • Memberships:

Membership of International Association of Engineers (IAENG), Number: 113747.

Membership of International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology (IACSIT), Number: 80341198

Membership of Science and Engineering Institute (SCIEI), Number: 20190701001

Membership of Universal Association of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineers (UACEE), Number: AM101000584063