While most people were busy shopping during the holiday season, Dr. Daniela Mainardi,
associate professor of chemical engineering at Louisiana Tech University and member
of the Institute for Micromanufacturing, was preparing for a trip that would take
her half way around the world.
As part of a joint effort, Mainardi, together with Virendra Mathur from the University
of New Hampshire, and Suddhasatwa Basu and Shantanu Roy from The Indian Institute
of Technology-Delhi, was in charge of organizing a workshop titled, “Energy and Environment:
Challenges and Research Opportunities” for The Claridges, SurajKund in Delhi, India
this past December.
The purpose of the workshop was to have an exchange of scientific information and
a dialogue between American and Indian university faculty members. The interaction
was supported by the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, The Indian Institute of
Technology, and the National Science Foundation through a grant on which Mainardi
is a Co-Principal Investigator.
“This joint workshop provides a platform to achieve these objectives of information
exchange and faculty collaboration that may have a major impact on the critical problems
facing the world today,” said Mainardi. “The major result of this workshop would
be the continuation of the sustained collaborative R&D efforts between faculty members
of the two nations to undertake fundamental research in the areas of energy and pollution
“Another objective of the workshop was to facilitate contacts between chemical engineering
academics in India and the U.S. in order that some collaborative efforts might ensue
in the future from this workshop.”
The workshop was attended by 28 chemical engineers – 14 from U.S. and 14 from India.
The U.S. delegation was carefully selected and consisted of 14 professors at the
full and associate professor levels from different American institutions. Two others
attendees from Louisiana, apart from Mainardi, were Vijay John, chair of the chemical
and biomolecular engineering department at Tulane University, and Kaliyat Valsaraj,
chair of the chemical engineering department at LSU.
The India delegation consisted of professors from diverse selection of Indian institutions,
such as the Indian Institute of Science, the Indian Institute of Technology, and
the Calcutta University.
After oral presentations were given by each attendee, the group benefited from breakout
sessions to identify clear areas for collaboration.
“Knowing everyone’s research accomplishments helped visualize how we could all benefit
from each other’s strengths,” Mainardi said. “The workshop highlighted the potential
of collaborative work to enhance the tools for Energy and Environment and proposed
several avenues for future research.”
Tech professor visits India as part of U.S. delegation on energy issues
Posted on January 20th, 2011 by Dave Guerin Categorized under Engineering and Science,
Research and Development