Assistant Professor- ME @ UT Austin, 2013-
Lead Engineer- GE Global Research, 2010- 2013
Research Engineer- Baker Hughes, 2008- 2009
Postdoctoral Fellow- Harvard University (2009- 2010)
PhD: Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University (2008)
BS: Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay (2003)
Research expertise: Surface Science & Wettability, Thermal-Fluid Systems, Materials, Micro/Nanofabrication
Application areas: Energy Systems, Oil & Gas Flow Assurance, Thermal Management, Water
17 journal publications, h Index=11, > 450 citations
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 & conference publications in the above fields, and 8 patent applications.
Prof. Bahadur’s research is targeted at a broad fundamental understanding of microscale thermal-fluid transport phenomena that impact power generation, oil and gas flow assurance, and thermal management. The strategic vision of this research is to achieve transformational benefits in macrosystem performance through control and enhancement of thermal-fluid-particle transport at the micro/nanoscale level. Specific research areas targeted by Dr. Bahadur’s group include phase change phenomena, microfluidics and oil & gas–relevant flow assurance phenomena in the subsea and unconventional oil/gas space.