Faculty


Prof. Raghunathan Rengaswamy


Prof. Raghunathan Rengaswamy is a Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras. Prior to this, he was a Professor, Chemical Engineering and co-director of the Process Control and Optimization Consortium (PCOC) at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX USA, Associate and full Professor at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY and Assistant Professor at IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India. He was also a visiting professor at Purdue University, USA (2001), and spent summers as visiting researcher in other universities such as University of Delaware, USA and University of Alberta, Canada. Rengaswamy’s major research interests are in the areas of Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD), development of Sensor Placement (SP) algorithms for FDD, and Fuel Cells. Rengaswamy has worked in these areas for more than fifteen years and has published extensively. A series of review articles on condition monitoring and fault detection and diagnosis that Rengaswamy published with co-authors has been cited more than 1400 times (Scopus database). Rengaswamy was the recipient of the Young Engineer Award for the year 2000 awarded by the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) for outstanding engineers under the age of 32. He guided a B.Tech project “Qualitative Simulation in Process Engineering” that won an award as one of the most innovative thesis at Bachelor’s level (all disciplines) awarded by INAE. His paper on fault diagnosis was awarded the CAST Directors’ Award for the Best Poster Presentation at the AIChE Annual meeting in Los Angeles, Nov 2000. A paper that he co-authored was chosen by the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) for the Best Paper Prize, for the years 2002-2005, in Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence Journal in the category – Application-oriented paper on Symbolic AI Approaches. His research has been funded by federal and state agencies such as the NSF, DOE, ACS-PRF, NYSERDA and companies such as Honeywell, Nanodynamics and KBR. In recent years, Rengaswamy’s group also works in the area of computational microfluidics. Research work in this area has led to the formation of a start-up, SysEng LLC, in the US funded through a NSF STTR grant. With Prof. Shankar Narasimhan of IIT Madras, Rengaswamy co-founded Gyan Data Pvt. Ltd (GDPL), a high technology service and product development company located in IIT Madras Research Park. GDPL has been in existence from July 2011 and more details can be found in GyanData



Education


1995: Ph. D. – (Chemical Engineering) Purdue University
1990: B.Tech. – (Chemical Engineering), Indian Institute Of Technology, Madras

Work Experience


Aug 2013 – Present Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering IIT Madras, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemical Engineer Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409, USA, and Research Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, USA.
April 2011 – Aug 2013 Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering IIT Madras
Jan 2009 – Aug 2013 Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Co-Director, Process Control and Optimization Consortium (PCOC), Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409. (April 2011 – Aug 2013 on a Leave of absence from TTU)
June 2008 – Dec 2008 Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY 13699-5705.
Jan 2002 – May 2008 Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY 13699-5705. (Awarded Tenure in 2006)
Jan 2001 – Dec 2001 Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA.
Jan 1996 – Dec 2000 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 400 076, India
Aug 1995 – Dec 1995 Senior Engineer, Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), Bangalore, India
Aug 1990 – June 1995 Research and Teaching Assistantships at School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN47907
  • Best Poster Award at the IFAC 10th International Symposium on “Dynamics and Control of Process Systems (DYCOPS)”, Mumbai, 2013
  • International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Best Paper Prize, 2002-2005, for the paper “Application of Signed Digraphs-Based Analysis for Fault Diagnosis of Chemical Process Flowsheets ” in Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence Journal in the category – Aplication-oriented paper on Symbolic AI Aproaches (Co-authors Mano Ram Maurya and Venkat Venkatasubramanian)
  • Best Paper of the Session award at the American Control Conference, Boston, 2004.
  • Omega Chi Epsilon, Professor of the Year Award (Chemical Engineering), Clarkson University, 2003.
  • Keynote Lecture delivered at the 4th IFAC Workshop on On-line Fault Detection and Supervision in the Chemical Process Industries, Korea, 2001
  • Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) Young Engineer Award for the year 2000 awarded to outstanding engineers by the Academy
  • Awarded the “CAST Director’s Award” for the best poster presented at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, 2000.
  • Task Force Member, Department of Biotechnology, India 2014 – Present
  • National Research Council Member, NMRL, Ambernath, India
  • International Programming Committee, ADCHEM 2015, Whistler, Alberta, Canada
  • International Programming Committee, DYCOPS 2013, Mumbai, India
  • Co-guest-editor for an issue on “Data Analysis: Methods and Applications” in International Journal of Advances in Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, 2012.
  • Co-guest-editor for an issue on Fuel Cell Technologies in International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (IJHE), 2011.
  • Associate Editor for the AIChE section of the American Control Conference, Seattle, USA, 2008.
  • Technical Program Committee, 2nd International Symposium on Resilient Control Systems, Idaho Falls, Idaho, Aug 11-13, 2009.
  • Technical Program Committee, 3rd International Symposium on Resilient Control Systems, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 2010.
  • International Advisory Committee, Fuel Cell Technologies, FUCETECH 2009, Mumbai, India

Grants, Contracts and Consultancy


  • “Enabling technologies for enhancing access of medicines in India through point-of-demand production of oral dosage forms”, UAY, INR 2,00,00,000.
  • “Module 3: Modeling and Data Analytics of Aluminum Smelters”, GE, INR 10,35,000, 2018.
  • “A Computational Pipeline for Identifying the Context of Key Mutations in Cancer Genomes”, (with Karthik Raman (PI) and B. Ravindran (co-PI)), DBT, INR 52,79,600, 2017-2020.
  • “Module 2: Modeling and Data Analytics of Aluminum Smelters”, GE, INR 10,35,000, 2017.
  • “Development of Tubular PEM Fuel Cells”, recommended for funding by Naval Research Board (NRB), Materials panel, INR 33,98,250, 2017-2020.
  • “Data Analytics for Aluminum Smelters”, (with co-PIs: B. Ravindran and Shankar Narasimhan), Research-Based Industrial Consultancy (RBIC), GE, INR 48,00,000, 2016-2019.
  • “Data Analytics/Optimization Approach to Reduce Power Utilization in Aluminum Smelting Process”, (with co-PI: Shankar Narasimhan), RBIC, GE, INR 20,33,200, 2016
  • “Corporate Manpower Development”, Retainer Consultancy, GDPL, INR 3,45,000, 2016-2017.
  • “Theoretical proof of possibility studies for 3D printing of drug particles”, Retainer Consultancy, GDPL, INR 7,00,000, 2016-2017.
  • Entrainment of Rhythms for Improved Cancer Therapy”, G.K. Suraishkumar (PI), co-PIs: D. Karunagaran and R. Rengaswamy, DST, INR, 38,05,060, 2017-2010.
  • “Development of 10 kW/50 kWh Redox Flow Battery System for Solar PV Applications” PI: S. Jayanti, Co-PIs: Drs. UV Varadaraju (CY), KS Swarup (EE), R Rengaswamy (CH), R Chetty (CH), R  Kodandaraman (CY), DS Monder (CH-IITB), PV Suresh (CH-NITW), Vasu Gollangi (BHEL-Hyd) and LN Satpathy (BHEL-Bangalore), IMPRIINT, INR 3,99,84,000, 2017.
  • “Understanding Dynamic Drop Formation in 2-D Channels and Development of a Rational Design Framework”, DST, INR 40,00,000, 2014-2016.
  • “Rapid Diagnostics of Batteries for Efficient Power Management”, US DOD, US$ 85,000, 2014.
  • “RBIC CARS project on development of a master controller for a network of PAFC stacks”, NMRL, INR 8,98,880, 2012-2013.
  • “STTR Phase I: Development of a Computational Tool for Modeling, Simulation, and Design of Next Generation Discrete Droplet Microfluidic Systems”, NSF, US$ 225,000, Jeevan Maddala, SysEng LLC (PI) and Raghunathan Rengaswamy (coPI), 2013-2014.
  • “CDI-Type I: Engineering Massively Parallelized Fluidic Processors: From Data to Predictive Models to Functional Designs”, (With co-PI Siva Vanapalli), NSF, US$ 500,000, 2011-2014.
  • “Model-Based Sensor Placement for Component Condition Monitoring and Fault Diagnosis in Fossil Energy Systems”, (with Debangsu Bhattacharyya, WVU), DOE, US$ 757,992, 2011-2013.
  • “Translational Research in Academic Community (TRAC): Development of Controller Performance Assessment and Mitigation Technology”, NSF, US$ 175,000, 2010-2013.
  • “Translational Research in Academic Community (TRAC): Development of Controller Performance Assessment and Mitigation Technology”, REU Supplement, NSF, US$ 11,875, 2010-2013.
  • “Development of Nonlinear Estimators”, Honeywell, US$ 15,000, 2007.
  • “Development of Tubular PEM Fuel Cells”, (With Greg Campbell, ChE), NYSERDA, US$ 100,000, 2008-2010.
  • Supplement to the project “Theoretical and Experimental Study of Multivariable Control of PEM Fuel Cells” to fund a fellow to spend a summer at Clarkson, ACS-PRF, US$ 8000, 2007.
  • “GOALI: An Integrated Framework for Stiction Detection and Compensation in Control Loops”, NSF REU Supplement, NSF, US$ 12,000, 2007
  • Consultant to Reliance Industries for their participation in the Stanford Fuel Cell Consortium on Solid State Proton Conducting Direct Methanol Fuel Cells, 2007- 2010.
  • “Modeling of Gasifiers”, Honeywell, US$ 10,000, 2007.
  • “Sensitivity Analysis of a predictive model for reactor yield”, KBR Inc., US$ 8000, 2006.
  • “GOALI: An Integrated Framework for Stiction Detection and Compensation in Control Loops”, NSF, US$ 262,909, 2006-2009.
  • “Three year Collaborative Project on PEM Fuel Cells”, with IIT Madras India, funded by Department of Science and Technology (DST), India, Approx. US$ 15,000, 2006-2009.
  • “Fuel Specific SOFC Design and Control”, (With P. Pillay, EE), Nanodynamics, US$ 280,000, 2005-2008.
  • “Theoretical and Experimental Study of Multivariable Control of PEM Fuel Cells” ACS-PRF, US$ 80,000, 2005-2007.
  • “Advanced Diagnostics of PEM Fuel Cells”, NY State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), US$ 62,148, 2005-2006.
  • “Productivity Improvement in Industrial Processes through Diagnosis and Compensation of Stiction in Control Valves”, NY State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), US$ 47,148, 2005-2006.
  • “A New Control Method for Improving Part Consistency for Injection Molding” (With Greg Campbell), NY State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), US$ 54,648, 2005-2006.
  • “Performance Monitoring of Control Loops”, Honeywell,  US$ 29,935, 2004-2005.
  • “A Predictive Model for Reactor Yield”, KBR Inc., Houston, US$ 8,000, 2005.
  • “Performance Analysis of Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cells (PAFC) Using Detailed Dynamic Models”, IIT Bombay/NMRL, US$ 10,400, 2005.
  • “Issues in Non-Equilibrium Reactive Distillation”, (With L. N. Sridhar, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez), NSF, US$ 281,397, 2004-2007.
  • "Development of Composite/Hybrid Lower Order Models from Process Data for Control of Chemical Processes", funded under SERC Scheme for Young Scientist, DST, India. (INR. 2,50,000)
  • "Studies in Control Relevant Process Identification", Co-Investigator, funded by DST, India under the scheme of SRC, Principal Investigator: R.D. Gudi. (INR. 10,00,000)
  • "Nonlinear Model for Rotary Slosh in Fuel Tanks of Launch Vehicles", Co-Investigator, funded by ISRO, India. Principal Investigator: N. Ananthakrishnan. (INR. 3,00,000)
  • A consultancy project on the development of a process simulator for LPG recovery unit with ABB completed, June 1996 - May 1997, IIT Bombay. INR. 2,50,000)
  • Member of the Mission Mode Project on the Development of a Multi-Purpose Simulator for the Process Industry, IIT Bombay (CAD Center Faculty). (INR. 80,00,000)
  • Simulation of a Multi-tubular reactor for the production of MIBK from DMK for NOCIL Bombay under the mission mode project completed, March - Dec, 1996, IIT Bombay (CAD Center Faculty). (INR. 2,50, 000)
  • Simulation of IPA production facility of NOCIL Bombay under the mission mode project completed, March 1996 - June 1998, IIT Bombay (CAD Center Faculty). INR. 2,50,000)
  • Consultant to ABB, India in their Oil Movement & Storage (OMS) projects and Operator Training Simulator (OTS) projects. (INR. 50,000)
  • A consultancy project on development of an Object-Oriented Java Based Modeling Framework for the simulation of an Industrial FCCU with Madras Refineries Limited, Chennai and Invensys, Chennai. INR. 1,25,000)
  • Consultant to Aditya Internet Services Ltd., on their Project on Development of a Software for Pipeline Leak Detection. (INR. 1,20,000)
  • A consultancy project on Soft Sensor Development using NN, PCA and PLS Tools for Tata Honeywell Limited (THL), Pune, India (With Profs. R. D. Gudi and K. P.Madhavan).  (INR. 7,00,000).


Patents


  • “Apparatus and Method for Stiction Compensation in a Process Control System”. Patent Number: US7797082, Inventors: Srinivasan Ranganathan and Raghunathan Rengaswamy.
  •  “System and Method for Simulation and Design of Discrete Droplet Microfluidic Systems”, Patent Number: US9779189B2, Inventors: Jeevan Maddala and Raghunathan Rengaswamy.


Graduate Student Supervision


  1. Sarma, PhD, Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay (2000), Current position: Consultant, Bombay, India
  2. Mani Bhushan, PhD, Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay (2001), Current position: Professor, IIT Bombay, India
  3. Pramod Vachhani, PhD, Chemical Engineering, Clarkson University (2004), Current position: Bloom Energy, India
  4. Ranganathan, PhD, Chemical Engineering, Clarkson University (2005), Current position: Honeywell, India
  5. Sridharkumar, PhD, Chemical Engineering, Clarkson University (2006), Current position: Associate Professor, IIT Madras, India
  6. Madhusudana Rao, PhD, Chemical Engineering, Clarkson University (2006), Current position: Belcan Engineering, USA
  7. Debangsu Bhattacharya, PhD, Clarkson University (2008), Current position: Professor, West Virginia University, USA
  8. Ravi K. Mandela, PhD, Clarkson University (2009) (Joint guidance with co-guide Prof. Shankar Narasimhan, IIT Madras), Current position: Flour Corporation, USA
  9. Ulaganathan Nallasivam, PhD, Clarkson University (2009), Current position: ABB, India
  10. Modekurti Srinivasarao, PhD, IIT Madras (2011) (Joint guidance with main guide Prof. Shankar Narasimhan), Current position: Visaakhapatnam Steel Plant, India
  11. Babji Srinivasan, PhD, Texas Tech University (2011), Current position: Assistant Professor, IIT Gandhinagar, India
  12. Vidyashankar Kuppuraj, PhD, Texas Tech University (2011), Current position: Marathon Petroleum Corporation, USA
  13. Jeevan Maddala, PhD, Texas Tech University (2013), Current position: Lam Corporation, USA
  14. Brian Bullecks, PhD, Texas Tech University (2013), Current position: FuelCell Energy, USA
  15. Tim Spinner, PhD, Texas Tech University (2014), Current position: Marathon Petroleum Corporation, USA
  16. Parham Mobed, PhD, Texas Tech University (2016), Current position: AspenTech, Boston, USA
  17. Venkat Reddy, PhD, IIT Madras (2016) (Joint guidance with Prof. Shankar Narasimhan). Current position: Post-doc at NTU, Singapore
  18. Danny M. Raj, PhD, IIT Madras (2017) Current position: Inspire Faculty at IISc Bangalore, India
  19. Tanneru Hemant Kumar, PhD, IIT Madras (2017). Current position: Post-doc at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
  20. Resmi Suresh, IIT Madras, PhD, IIT Madras (2017). Current position: Post-doc at Columbia University, NY, USA
  21. Raman Srinivasan, PhD, Texas Tech University (2018). Current position: Process Technology Development Module Engineer, Intel, USA
  22. Deepa Elizabeth, PhD, IIT Madras, 2013 Onwards
  23. Mohd Faheem Ullah, PhD, IIT Madras, 2014 Onwards
  24. Manikandan, PhD, IIT Madras, 2014 Onwards
  25. R. Suseendiran, PhD, IIT Madras, 2014 Onwards
  26. Malavika, PhD, IIT Madras (Joint guidance with Prof. Karthik Raman), 2015 Onwards
  27. Sivadurgaprasad, PhD, IIT Madras, 2015 Onwards
  28. Srijith, PhD, IIT Madras, 2015 Onwards
  29. Sathish, PhD, IIT Madras, 2015 Onwards
  30. Arun Sankar, IIT Madras, 2015 Onwards
  31. V. Venkataraman, IIT Madras (Joint guidance with Prof. B. Ravindran), 2017 Onwards
  32. Mohammad Shahab, IIT Madras, 2017 Onwards
  33. Faiz Mohammad, IIT Madras, 2017 Onwards
  34. Parameswaran, IIT Madras, 2018 Onwards


Post-Doctoral Scholars


  • Dr. Ramya RamKumar (PhD, IIT Madras), May 2019 onwards at IIT Madras
  • Dr. T.G. Anjali (PhD, IIT Madras), Jan 2019 onwards at IIT Madras
  • Dr. Amit Bhosale (PhD, IIT Bombay), July 2017 onwards at IIT Madras
  • Dr. Hemanth Billihalli (PhD, IIT Madras), April 2018 onwards at IIT Madras
  • Dr. M. Sudhakar (PhD IIT Madras), Current position: ABB, India
  • Dr. Job Kasule (PhD, WVU), Current position: Kenya
  • Dr. Mahendra Kumar Gupta (PhD, IIT Patna), Current Position, Assistant Professor, NIT, Jamshedpur