Since July 2008, Dr. Sachin Velankar has held the position of Associate Professor, Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Velankar studied Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India. He continued his studies at the University of Delaware where he obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering. He then completed post-doctoral studies in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and the University of Minnesota.
In support of his research work, Dr. Velankar has received funding from the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, ACS Petroleum Research Fund, Office of Naval Research, Lubrizol Corporation, Joinking Chemical Company, and National Institutes of Health. Currently funded projects include:
Co-PI, National Science Foundation (along with Prof. Rui Huang, U. Texas), “Collaborative Research: Wrinkling and Folding of Thin Films on Viscoelastic Substrates by Experiments and Modeling”
Co-PI, National Institute of Health, “PI, National Science Foundation,” Fundamental biomechanical examination of the internal structure of arteries”
PI, National Science Foundation, “The dynamic topography of the blood-contacting surface of arteries”
His research interests span hydrogels, interfacial phenomena, polymers, and rheology.
Dr. Velankar is affiliated with the following professional and society organizations:
Society of Rheology
American Physical Society
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Society of Plastics Engineers
He is a regular reviewer for AIChE Journal, Colloids and Surfaces A, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Journal of Membrane Science, Journal of Polymer Science Polymer Physics, Journal of Rheology, Lab on a Chip, Macromolecules, Physics of Fluids, Polymer Engineering and Science, Rheologica Acta, Soft Matter, Advanced Materials, and Advanced Functional Materials.
View a list of Dr. Velankar’s publications here.