Suresh Santanam

Suresh Santanam

Research Associate Professor, Director of Industrial Assessment Center

Biomedical & Chemical Engineering


  • B.Tech. Chemical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, India (1981)
  • M.S. Environmental Science & Engineering, Oregon Graduate Center (1985)
  • Sc.D. Physical Sciences and Engineering, Harvard University, School of Public Health (1989)

Lab/Center Affiliations

Research interests

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Reducing energy footprint of industrial and manufacturing facilities, and buildings
  • Built environment energy and indoor air quality (IAQ) improvement studies
  • IAQ and Human Performance and Productivity
  • Health effects due to indoor air contaminants
  • Indoor-outdoor contributions to IAQ and Statistical modeling of IAQ sources
  • Effect of HVAC systems on IAQ
  • Control of built environment
  • Air pollution control technologies – fundamentals and design
  • Environmental Regulatory Compliance
  • Energy and Environmental Sustainability

Current Research

Dr. Santanam focuses his training in public health and engineering to develop and apply innovative solutions in the energy and environmental fields to current issues facing industrial, commercial and institutional entities. He has worked with a cross-section of governmental, public and private sector entities to effectively address indoor air quality, building energy efficiency, energy sustainability, and regulatory and environmental challenges. Dr. Santanam teaches green engineering, fundamentals of air pollution, and air pollution control design courses at Syracuse University. Dr. Santanam is one of the founding members of the Great Lakes Sustainable Energy Consortium, consisting of academic, industry and policy leaders from central upstate New York and eastern Ontario, Canada who are synergistically working to address renewable energy issues. Dr. Santanam works closely with academic researchers, industry-based scientists, practicing engineers and architects to channel academic research related to the indoor air quality and built environments, to promote developments leading to potential translation of scientific findings to develop innovative technologies in indoor environmental and energy control systems.

Teaching Interests

  • Green Engineering
  • Advanced Chemical Engineering Design
  • Process Control
  • Statistical methods for Chemical Engineers
  • Air Pollution Control – Fundamental and Design
  • Air Resources
  • Energy Fundamentals for Engineers


  • Elected Fellow, Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA)

Recent Publications

MacNaughton, P., Spengler, J., Vallarino, J., Santanam, S., Satish, S. and Allen, J., 2016. Environmental Perceptions andHealthBefore and After Relocation to a Green Building, Building and Environment, 104(2016) 138-144

Allen, J., MacNaughton, P., Satish, S., Santanam, S., Vallarino, J. and Spengler, J., 2016. Associations of Cognitive Function Scores with Carbon Dioxide, Ventilation, and Volatile Organic Compound Exposures in Office Workers: A Controlled Exposure Study of Green and Conventional Office Environments, Environ Health Perspect., 124:6 (2016)

Seibel, M., Garrett, M., Hintz, J., and Santanam, S., 2016 Improving Energy Efficiency of Hot Water Supply for a Campus Residence Hall. Presented at the 2016 NYSP2I Student Research Competition, Potsdam, NY, April 2016

MacNaughton, P., Pegues, J., Satish, S., Santanam, S., Spengler, J. and Allen, J., 2015. Economic, Environmental and Health Implications of Enhanced Ventilation in Office Buildings, Int. J.Environ. Res. Public Health, 12:11 (2015) 14709-14722

Scientists Probe Indoor Work Spaces for Clues to Better Health, Wall Street Journal, October 26, 2015

Burgoyne, J., Castelein, T., and Santanam, S., 2015. Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement Recommendations from SU-IAC. Poster presented at the 2015 SyracuseCoE Annual Symposium, Syracuse, NY, October 2015

Santanam, S., 2014.  Air Pollution Reductions Resulting from Energy Efficiency Improvements in Small Manufacturing Facilities.  Presented at the International Conference on Energy and Environment, Hyderabad, India, December 2014 (Invited Plenary Talk)

Reilly, M., Hill, J., Walck, C., and Santanam, S., 2013.  Orange goes Green – A Rainwater Harvesting Project. Presented at New York Pollution Prevention Institute Annual Conference, Albany, NY, April 2013

Hutchins, A., Reilly, M., Santanam, S. and Carranti, F. 2011.  Reducing Energy Use and Environmental Waste at an Industrial Facility – A Case Study. Paper presented at the TIERF Annual Meeting, Alex Bay, NY, October 2011

Santanam, S., Palanthandalam-Madapusi, H., and Ahmed, O., 2011. Evaluation of the Use of Natural Ventilation at the LEED Platinum Syracuse Center of Excellence Building. In the Proceedings of Indoor Air 2011, Austin, Texas, June 2011

Santanam, S. and Dubrow D. 2010. Performance of ground source heating and cooling system at the LEED® SyracuseCoE building.  In the Proceedings of Clima 2010, Antalya, Turkey, May 2010

Podgorny, M., Beca,L.,Santanam,S., Lewandowski, G., Markowski, R., Michalak, G., Roman, P., Gelling, P., Lipson, E., and Bogucz,E. 2007. Digital Convergence and Building Automation Systems. In the Proceedings of REHVA World Congress CLIMA 2007 Wellbeing Indoors, Helsinki, Finland, June 2007.


Open web services-based indoor climate control system (US 7904209).   Podgorny, M., Beca,L., Markowski, R., Bogucz, E., Santanam,S., Lipson, E., Roman, P., Michalak, G., Gelling, P., and Lewandowski, G. 2011.