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Research Enginner (PhD Chemical Engineering) , 5 Yrs Exp

Worcester, MA, 01604
November 25, 2009

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Nandan Ukidwe

* ********* ******, ***. *

Worcester, MA 01604

Phone 818-***-****



Seeking a career opportunity to utilize my knowledge in Chemical Engineering, Polymer Synthesis, Polymer Processing,

Sustainable Process Systems Engineering, Process design and optimization, Energy and Water Conservation,

Environmental life cycle assessment, Thermodynamic Analysis


* Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering GPA: 3.96/4.00

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

June 2005

* B.Chem.E. (First Class with Distinction) 70/100

University Department of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India

June 2000


Solutia Inc. Springfield, MA

Research Engineer

Jul’05 - present

Graduate Intern

Feb’04 - Apr’04

4.5 years of extensive experience in polymer process development & manufacturing support

* Invented a continuous aq. process for polyvinyl butyral manufacturing via process intensification;

A pilot scale demonstration unit with ~$2 million capital budget currently under construction at Antwerp

* Developed a cost-effective process to recycle PVB and plasticizer from post-industrial scrap

* Achieved 41% improvement in Butvar dispersions quality metric via multivariate analysis (PCA, PLS)

* Extensive experience in PVAc, PVOH and PVB process development at lab- and plant-scales

* Lead utility savings projects in Butvar processes at Springfield, MA and Antwerp, Belgium

* Delivered projects promising 250 million gallons water, 40 billion BTUs of steam, $1.3 million operating cost

and $3.2 million capital cost savings

* Achieved step-change reductions in water (20-40%) & carbons footprints at very attractive IRRs

* Extensive experience in stage-gate project management, business case development, work plan development

and execution, PFD construction, equipment selection, and preliminary financial analysis

Bayer (India) Ltd. Kolshet(Mumbai) India

Undergraduate Intern

Jun’99 - Sep’99

* Analyzed liquid effluent treatment plant comprising pH-control, suspended solid separation, biological treatment

and polymer dousing & solid incinerator


The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Sep’00 - Jun’05

9 years of research experience in sustainable process systems engineering

* Developed general equilibrium models of large-scale complex economic and environmental systems

* Developed stackable and robust metrics to determine sustainability of industrial systems

* Laid the foundation of Eco-LCATM, a software tool for streamlined LCA without specialized training

and currently distributed by Center for Resilience, Ohio State University.

* Investigated economic and natural capital flows in industrial supply networks

* Applied multi-scale data fusion framework to improve life cycle inventory databases


The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

* Chemical Process Dynamics and Control, 2003-2004

(Tutored FB, FF, Cascade, Model Predictive and Statistical Control Concepts)

* Chemical Engineering Process Design 2002-2003

(Tutored Hysys for isooctane and Styrene process design)


Polymer Process Development

* D’Haene, P., N. U. Ukidwe, and P. Van Lierde, “Continuous Washing of Poly Vinyl Butyral”, US Patent Application 12/472,353,

May 2009.

* Chen, W., Y. Ma, and N. U. Ukidwe, “Method of Reducing Stickiness for a Fast Relaxing Poly(vinyl butyral) sheet”,

Solutia Invention Disclosure 10-101-16182, July 2008.

* Chen Y.-R., N. U. Ukidwe and B. Wade. “Test Method Development and Process Improvement Optimization to Minimize “Grits”

in Butvar Dispersions”, Solutia Report SR-1798, 2007.

* Farhoudi, Y. and N.U. Ukidwe. “Recovery and Recycle of PVB from Post-Industrial and Post-Consumer Laminated Safety Glass”,

Solutia Invention Disclosure 10-101-16112, 2006.

Sustainable Process Systems Engineering

* Ukidwe, N. U., and B. R. Bakshi. “Resource Intensities of Chemical Industry Sectors in the United States

via Input-Output Network Models”, Comp. & Chem. Engg., 32 (9), 2050-2064, 2008.

* Ukidwe N.U. and B.R. Bakshi. “Exergetic Input-Output Analysis of Industrial and Ecological Systems

in the 1997 U.S. Economy”, Energy, 32 (9), 1560-1592, 2007.

* Bakshi B.R. and N.U. Ukidwe. “Role of Thermodynamics in LCA of Existing and Emerging Technologies”,

IEEE Symposium on Electronics and Environment, pp 15-20, San Francisco, CA, 2006.

* Ukidwe N.U. and B.R. Bakshi. “Flow of Natural versus Economic Capital in Industrial Supply Networks

and its Implications to Sustainability”, Env. Sci. Tech., 39 (24), 9759-9769, 2005.

* Yi, H.-S., Hau, J.L., Ukidwe N.U., and Bakshi, B.R., “Hierarchical Thermodynamic Metrics

for Evaluating Sustainability of Industrial Systems”, Env. Progress, 23 (4), 302-314, 2004.


* Strong knowledge of chemical engineering principles including chemical process design, transport processes,

reaction engineering, and thermodynamics

* MATLAB, Working knowledge of Fortran, Java, HTML

* HYSYS®, WITNESS®, SIMCA®, MINITAB®, and Aspen IP.21 data historian

* Certifications - Six Sigma Green Belt, Root cause analysis facilitator training


* Outstanding Researcher Award, US Citizenship & Immigration Services, Green Card Petition (2008)

* Author of ScienceDirect Top 25 most downloaded article from Comp. & Chem. Engg. (2008)

* Director’s Letter of Recognition, Solutia Specialty Additives (2007)

* AIChE Environmental Division Graduate Student Paper Award Honorary Mention (2007)

* American Institute of Chemists Foundation Outstanding Graduate Student Award (2005)

* Presidential Fellowship, Ohio State Graduate School, Columbus, Ohio (2005)

* Election to Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (2003)

* Department of Chemical Engineering Fellowship, Columbus, Ohio (2000)

References Available upon request

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