Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department
Dr. Vaibhav Bahadur (VB) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests lie in the fields of surface science, thermal-fluid systems, materials and micro/nanofabrication. Dr. Bahadur has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University ('08) and a Postdoc from Harvard University. Additionally, Dr. Bahadur has 4 years industry R&D experience, most recently in GE Global Research where he worked in the areas of flow assurance and efficiency/life enhancement of power plant components. Dr. Bahadur has more than 20 journal publications in the above fields, and 11 patent applications.
Prof. Bahadur’s research is targeted at a broad fundamental understanding of micro and mesoscale thermal-fluid-particle transport phenomena that impact power generation, oil and gas flow assurance, heat transfer and thermal management. The strategic vision of this research is to achieve transformational benefits in macrosystem performance through control and enhancement of interfacial phenomena at the micro/mesoscale level. Specific research areas targeted by Dr. Bahadur’s group include phase change heat transfer, thermal management and oil & gas – relevant flow assurance phenomena in the subsea and unconventional oil/gas space.