Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department
Prof. Vaibhav Bahadur (VB) is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UT Austin. His research interests are in the areas of phase change heat transfer, microfluidics, surface science and energy systems. Prof. Bahadur’s research is targeted at a fundamental understanding of microscale thermal-fluid-particle transport phenomena with applications in energy, water and environmental protection. Prof. Bahadur has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a Postdoc from Harvard University. Additionally, he has 4 years industry R&D experience in GE Global Research and Baker Hughes. Prof. Bahadur is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (2017), the SPE Petroleum Engineering Young Faculty Award (2015) and the ACS Doctoral New Investigator Award (2014). He is the winner of the Society of Petroleum Engineer’s R&D Competition at SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (2014). Prof. Bahadur has more than 50 journal/conference articles (h-index of 15), 3 patents and 6 pending patent applications. His research has been featured on the cover of ASME’s Mechanical Engineering magazine and ACS Nano.
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.