Dr. Prashant R.Waghmare

Assistant Professor,
Department of Mechanical Engineering
10-215, Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering
Edmonton, AB T6G 1H9
Ph:780-492-9074, Fax 780-492-2200

Principal Investigator
 

Background

2008-2012, PhD, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2007-2008, Research Associate, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India 

2005-2006, MTech, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University, Lonere, India

2004-2005, Lecturer, Indira Gandhi Polytechnic, Belwandi, India

2000-2004,  BE, Modern Education Society's College of Engineering, Pune, India

Awards and honors 

2014 - Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researcher (Declined)

2013 - Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship

2012 - Marketable Postdoctoral Research Award 

2011 - Shell Enhanced Learning Fund

2011 - J. Gordin Kaplan Graduate Student Award

2010 - R. R. Gilpin Scholarship Award for Graduate Student

2008 - Alberta Ingenuity Scholarship for Nanotechnology

2014 - Editor, Mitacs Associate Research Review Committee

2010 - President, Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students' Association

 
Current members

Dr. Aleksey Baldygin

Research Lead, R&D Laboratory Supervisor

Mechanical engineer (E.I.T.) specializing in computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE). Applies strong knowledge of fluid dynamics and strength of material to analyze physical processes, and provides engineering support to experimental setups. Developed numerous experimental-setups for pilot projects. Proven ability to lead and finish the projects by acquiring updated technologies of available commercial CAD/CAE packages with understanding of built-in CFD packages. Devised core flooding experiments to analyze the effect of emulsion flooding for enhanced oil recovery, and designed the experimental set-up for pilot project of proof-of-concept of bioconversion of coal. Designed experimental set-ups and hydraulic units to qualify choke valve products as per API 6A, 17D, 17D Annex L (Hyperbaric testing guildelines), 17 TR8 standards. Developed multi-tasking skills and creative thinking while successfully managing several projects simultaneously. Demonstrates excellent communication and team building skills. Easily adapts to changes.

Background

2014-2015, Testing and Development Engineer, Master Flo Valve Inc., Edmonton, Canada

2014-2015, Consultant, TEC Edmonton, Edmonton, Canada

2011-2014, Ph.D., University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2008-2010, Intern, Schlumberger Moscow Research Center, Moscow, Russia

2004-2010,  Specialist with honors (equivalent to B.Eng, MSc.), MSTU n.a. N.E. Bauman, Moscow, Russia

 

Dr. Ravi Kant Upadhyay

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Ravi has completed his PhD from Shiv Nadar University (SNU), India in 2016, the topic of his PhD research was “Novel wet chemical methods for the synthesis of nanomaterials and their application in water treatment”. He has expertise in diverse class of fields including synthesis of nanomaterials, application of nanomaterials in water treatment, detection of waterborne pollutants, fabrication of hydrophobic surfaces and preparation of colloidal systems e.g. micelles, reverse micelles, sol and  gels. He has co-authored more than 15 articles in different journals pertinent to the aforementioned fields. He has developed numerous synthesis methodologies suitable for the synthesis of both inorganic and carbonic nanomaterials. Preponderance of the synthesis protocols, developed by him, explores colloidal systems such as micelles, reverse micelles and wormlike micelles as reaction medium for the controlled growth of the nanomaterials. In case of inorganic nanomaterials, he has successfully fabricated nanoparticles of metals (Au, Ag, Cu, Pd and Pt), metal oxides (ZnO, TiO2, WO3, CuO, ZrO2 and BaTiO3) and metal carbides (TiC, ZrC and WC). He has also developed synthesis approaches for the graphene and its derivatives. He has also experience in application of nanomaterials as adsorbents, photocatalysts and antimicrobial agents for the removal and detection of waterborne pollutants e.g. heavy metal ions, organic molecules and bacteria. He is well acquainted with instruments such UV-Vis spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, TGA-DTA, XRD, TEM, SEM and Particle size analyzer.

Background

Aug 2016-Dec 2016, Research Associate, Shiv Nadar University (SNU), India

2012-2016, Ph.D. in Chemistry, Shiv Nadar University (SNU), India

2009-2011, Research Intern, Advanced Materials and Process Research Institute (AMPRI), CSIR, India

2008-2009, Production Officer, Lupin Limited, India

2006-2008, M.Sc., Industrial Chemistry, Jiwaji University, India    

2003-2006, B.Sc., Chemistry, Jiwaji University, India

Ryan Baily, E.I.T.

Research Instrumentation Specialist

Ryan received his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2016. He completed his undergraduate coursework and graduated with distinction in the Mechanical Engineering Co-op program. His experience in computer-aided design, developed during his education and work experience, assists the group to develop experimental setups. Exposure to industry during his education has allowed him to contribute to, and lead, various projects. Project management skills and a safety-conscious mind has allowed him to effectively coordinate projects in the lab. Strong verbal and written communication skills have aided various research publications. Past experiments include microgravity research on-board a modified Falcon-20 during parabolic flight. 

HQPs
Ph.D. Students

Amritendu Ghosh

He is a Research Intern at the University of Alberta, working in the area of "underwater curvature driven oil transport",  under the supervision of Prof. Prashant Waghmare. He is currently pursuing his PhD at IIT Kharagpur, India in the area of "Enhancement of passive microfluidic mixing". He has worked in the Supreme Industries Ltd, Pune, India from 2014 to 2016, as a Quality Assurance Officer in Protective Packaging Division. He completed his Masters in Chemical Engineering from BITS Pilani in 2013. My research interests involve Multiphase microfluidics, CFD, Microfluidic mixing and Heavy metal separation. My hobbies include travelling, cooking, playing music.

amritend@ualberta.ca

Rahul Roy

Rahul is currently pursuing my PhD from IIT kharagpur. He has completed his masters from NIT Durgapur(2015-17) in thermal engineering and was the gold medallist. He has completed his B.E. in mechanical engineering (2010-14) from Army Institute Of Technology Pune. He worked in Alfa Laval India Pvt. ltd for a period of 1 year as a graduate engineer trainee and loves to play sports and is decent in football, cricket, hockey and volleyball. He also likes participating in dramas and plays.

rroy2@ualberta.ca

Sujit Deshmukh, Ph.D. Student

After completion of M.Sc. in 2013 from Burdwan University (India), I joined Shiv Nadar
University, department of physics as a Ph.D scholar in 2014. My Ph.D thesis is mainly based on investigation of structural and electrical properties of carbonaceous nanostructure and utilize them as an electrode material for electrochemical sensing application. I got the opportunity to work at UofA (Department of mechanical engineering) from October 2018, as a visiting graduate student under the supervision of Dr. Prashant R. Waghmare. Here, my area of interest is to synthesize new kind of Electrowettable carbon based nanostructure for multifunctional application.
My areas of expertise and developed skills are

(i) Nanocarbon synthesis either from chemical or physical route

(ii) Hands on experience to operate XRD system (Bruker), atomic force micoscopy (AFM, Park XE7), UV-VIS (Shimadzu 3700) spectrometer, drop shape analyzer (DSA100, Kruss)

(iii) Analyze the advanced characterization (TEM, XPS, RAMAN, XAS etc.) results 

(iv) Hands on experience to carry out electrochemical measurements such as Cyclic Voltammetry, Anodic stripping voltammetry, Supercapacitor device testing by galvanostatic charge discharge measurement.

sujit@ualberta.ca

Hafijur Rahman, Ph.D. Student

Hafijur has received his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and went on to complete his M.Sc. in Mechanical Enigineering at the University in 2015. From 2010 to 2017, Hafijur was a lecturer at BUET and he has several years of experience working as a teaching assistant. His skills involve lecturing courses and organizing experimental labs for undergraduate students.

His research interests involve Interfacial Phenomena, Multiple Emulsion Drops, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and software such as Surface Evolver. 

He enjoys to swim, travel, hike, cycle and play sports like table tennis, cricket and badminton. 

hafijur@ualberta.ca

Abrar Ahmed, Ph.D. student

Abrar is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has completed his masters in Mechanical Engineering in 2017 from University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Waghmare and he received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Islamic University of Technology (IUT), OIC on 2012. Abrar’s Masters thesis was dynamics and morphological evolution of ferrofluid droplet under the effect of magnetic field. Right now he is assisting the lab by offering his expertise in high speed image capturing as well as surface science instrumentation and measurement techniques. Current Research: magnetohydrodynamics, electrowetting, droplet dynamics, droplet dosing, microfluidics and mathematical modelling of droplet dynamics.

abrar5@ualberta.ca

Muhammad Rizwanur Rahman, Ph.D. student

Rizwanur is currently a PhD student at University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Morris R. Flynn. His PhD research concentration is on the design and modeling of low temperature heat recovery devices. In this project, he is also co-supervised by Dr. Prashant R. Waghmare. Rizwanur completed his M.Sc. from University of Alberta in 2018 and B.Sc. (Engg) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2015. In his Master’s research, he focused on different fundamental aspects of liquid droplets in micro-gravity environment under Dr. Waghmare’s supervision while high-speed aerodynamics was the concentration of his Undergraduate thesis under the supervision and guidance of Dr. M. Ali and Dr. A.B.M. Toufique Hasan.

mrahman6@ualberta.ca

Eileen Santos, Ph.D. Student

Eileen is a Chemical engineering student from Universidad Rafael Urdaneta who has received her M.Sc. degree in Food Science and Technology from Universidad del Zulia in Venezuela. She is currently in her 2nd year of her Ph.D. program in the department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Feral Temelli.  Her research is based on the fractionation of complex lipid mixtures by supercritical fluid fractionation process using carbon dioxide as a solvent and the understanding of the surface science applied to supercritical fluid fractionation process. The capabilities of the iSSELab allow Eileen to perform high temperature / high pressure experiments in order for her to obtain her findings. 

She is currently the secretary of Canadian Biomaterials Society - Alberta Student Chapter for the period 2017/2018. 

Her hobbies include travelling, cooking and sharing time with friends. 

esantos@ualberta.ca

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M.Sc. Students

Juan Marin Quintero, M.Sc. student

Juan is currently an M.Sc. student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. Juan graduated from the University of Los Andes in Colombia in 2017 with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. Juan previously worked with rapid prototyping and bubble pressure tensiometers as an exchange student at the University of Alberta in 2016. Current research focus is in the area of electrowetting, drop coalescence and droplet dynamics. 

marinqui@ualberta.ca

Sumaiya Farzana, M.Sc. Student

Sumaiya is currently a M.Sc. student supervised by Dr. Prashant R. Wagmare at the
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta. She graduated with her B.Sc.
Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at Military Institute of Science and
Technology (MIST), Bangladesh, in January 2018. Her Current research focus is in droplet dynamics.

Her current research interests include droplet dynamics, microfluidics, fluid mechanics, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

farzana@ualberta.ca

Syed Rafat Faysal, M.Sc. Student

Rafat is currently pursuing his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has completed his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Islamic University of Technology (IUT), OIC on November, 2014. Rafat’s B.Sc. thesis was Effect of aspect ratio on convective heat transfer coefficient for flat cross-section. After completion of his B.Sc. in mechanical engineering he worked as a research scientist at GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), GmbH. After that he was a lecturer at Sonargaon University (SU), Bangladesh almost for three years. Currently he is doing research on droplet dynamics, droplet dosing & droplet shedding on different coated surface for the quantification of adhesion force and shedding force. He is also associated with measuring the advancing and receding contact angle to find out contact angle hysteresis on different surfaces.

syedrafa@ualberta.ca

Raviraj Gajbhiye, M.Sc. Student (Fall 2018 - 2020)

Raviraj is in his first year of MSc studies in Mechanical Engineering here at the University of Alberta. Previously Raviraj obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at St.Vincent Pallotti College of Engineering and Technology, Nagpur, India. 

Academic projects include the Prusa i3 Rework (3D printing), Development of a Diffuser Augmented Wind Turbine with Brim and a Evaporative Sensible Cooler.

Raviraj had an internship at Indo-German Tool Room where he was trained in tool design, manufacturing, and CAD/CAM technology. 

His skills include CATIA, CREO, Unigraphics and 3D printing.

Extra-curricular / Volunteer work:

  • Volunteered as a Mathematics teacher to underprivileged students at a non-commercial coaching center named Nalanda Academy in Wardha, India.

  • Tutored undergraduate and high school students in Applied Mathematics.

  • Actively worked for uplifting students from marginalized sections of society.

gajbhiye@ualberta.ca

Palak Jain, M.Sc. Student (Fall 2018 - 2020)

Palak is pursuing an MSc in Mechanical Engineering at University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Prashant Waghmare. She has received her Bachelor of technology in Mechanical Engineering from Shiv Nadar University, India (Aug 2014-May 2018).

Current Research in the general area of droplet dynamics, interfacial science, electrokientics and microfluidics.

palak2@ualberta.ca

Yu Chen, M.Sc. student

Yu Chen is currently a Ph.D. student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. Yu graduated with Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Nanjing Tech University(NJTech), Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. He previously worked as an undergraduate Research Assistant in 3D Printing Innovation Lab at Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Digital Manufacturing for Industrial Equipment and Control Technology of NJTech. Current research focus is Fabrication and Wettability Characterization of Electrospun Nylon 6/Silica nanocomposites.

ychen12@ualberta.ca

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Alumni

Heng (Kevin) Xue

Research Assistant (Sept 2018 – Apr 2019)

Kevin has recently graduated with distinction from his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Mathematics at the University of Alberta. Experience with leading several design projects has developed his skills in scheduling, cost estimating, conducting preliminary design analysis, CAD modelling, preparing drawing packages and so on. He also has experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), and a strong interest in fluid mechanics. His research topic is focused on droplet mechanics. 

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