Dr. Sunil Kumar

Dr. Sunil Kumar

Assistant Professor

Brief Biography

Dr. Sunil Kumar Mahla currently works at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, I.K. Gujral Punjab Technical University Campus, Hoshiarpur since 2017. Dr. Sunil does research in IC Engines and Biofuels, Automotive Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. He has published 40 papers in SCI/SCIE journals and 18 papers in International/National Conferences of repute. He has authored/co-authored 18 books/book chapters in area of renewable energy and IC engines. He has guided 06 PhD thesis and 14 M.Tech. thesis in the area of alternative fuels.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, 2008 
  • M.E. (Mechanical Engg.) University of Roorkee, 2000
  • B.E. (Mechanical Engg.), Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, 1997

Teaching Experience

  • Assistant Professor IKG PTU Kapurthala (30/6/2017-Till date)
  • Professor AIET Faridkot (1/1/15-29/6/2017)
  • Asstt Professor Thapar University, Patiala (30/7/2013-31/12/2014)
  • Professor GGS CMT Kharar (11/8/2011-25/7/2013)

Area of Interest (Teaching)

  • Thermal Engg.

Area of Interest (Research)

  • Biofuels, Renewable Energy

Awards & Honors

  • Best Teacher Award, ISTE in 2013

Research Publications

Title of Paper Name of Author/s Journal Year ISSN Link
Optimisation of engine operating variables on performance and emissions characteristics of biogas fuelled CI engine by the design of experiments: Taguchi Approach Sunil Kumar Mahla*, Tarun Goyal, Deepam Goyal, Himanshu Sharma, Amit Dhir, Geetesh Goga Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy (Impact Factor 2.431) 2021 1944-7450 Ref Link
Application of clean gaseous fuels in compression ignition engines under dual fuel mode: a technical review and Indian prespective Himanshu Sharma, Amit Dhir, Sunil Kumar Mahla Journal of Cleaner Production (Impact Factor 9.297) 2021 0959-6526  Ref Link
Effects of ternary fuel blends (diesel-biodiesel-n-butanol) on emission and performance characteristics of diesel engine using varying mass flow rates of biogas Geetesh Goga, Varun Singla, Sunil Kumar Mahla*, Bhupendra Singh Chauhan, Amit Dhir, Dhinesh Balasubramaniam, Neeru Singla Energy Sources, Part A: Recov., Utiliz., and Environmental Effects (Impact Factor 3.447) 2021 1556-7230 Ref Link

Administration Experience

  • Director-Principal, Adesh Institute of Engineering & Technology, Faridkot (Punjab); 2015-2017 Vice-Principal, GGS College of Modern Technology, Kharar (Punjab); 2011-2013 Associate Director, KC College of Engineering & IT, Nawanshahr (Punjab); 2010-2011



S.No Authors Title of Paper Name of Conference
1 Mahla et al. Investigations on the performance evaluation and emission characteristics of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled small utility diesel engine NCETST-2017
2 Mahla et al. Study of Performance and Emission Characteristics of C.I Diesel Engine Fueled With Different Blends Of Rice Bran Biodiesel RTIESTM-2016


  • International Affiliations/Reviewer (SCI Journals)


    Organizing Committee Member, International Conference on Alternative Fuels (ICAF-2016), Erciyes University, Kasyeri, Turkey (Dec 02-04, 2016) Reviewer, Energy Sources: Part-A (Taylor & Francis) Reviewer, Journal of Thermal Analysis & Calorimetry (Springer) Reviewer, RSC Advances (Royal Society of Chemistry) Reviewer, Environmental Technology (Taylor & Francis) Reviewer, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy (Wiley) International Journal of Ambient Energy (Taylor & Francis) Reviewer, CSIR-JSIR (India) Reviewer, ECS (Electrochemical Society, USA) Reviewer, Journal of Environmental Biology, India



  • ‘Studies on combustion, performance and emission characteristics of diesel engine fueled with Biodiesel and Biogas’ funded by DST-SERB (2014-2017) “Reforming of biogas for hydrogen production and it’s utilization in CI engine under dual fuel mode” worth Rs. 38.95 lacs funded by Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) in collaboration with TIET Patiala


Expert Talks

  • Faculty Development Programme Organized as Coordinator  Punjab Technical University Sponsored one week FDP on