Arun S. Mujumdar
Department of Mechanical Engineering National University of Singapore
The name of Professor Arun S Mujumdar is synonymous with Drying R&D on a truly global scale. Author of over 400 journal articles, author of three books and editor of over 60 -including a handbook and an archival journals, mentor of over 55 PhD students, keynote and plenary speaker at scores of international conferences etc, winner of numerous international awards for his distinguished contributions in multi-disciplinary fields, Prof. Mujumdar has had a passion with engineering research, industrial R&D, creativity and innovation even from his graduate student days. Over the last decade he has also been interested in R&D policy, management of research as well as implications of globalization and the increasing need for innovation for economic well-being of institutions and nations. He has observed personally how engineering research is funded, carried out, evaluated and rewarded in over a dozen countries. He has formulated his own ideas about schemes that are likely to succeed and those that are likely to fail. His multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural R&D experience in academia as well as industry from around the world makes his views and opinions worth considering seriously to avoid pitfalls the inexperienced are likely to stumble upon. Prof. Mujumdar holds a PhD in chemical engineering from McGill University, Canada and Doctor Honoris Causa from Lodz Technical University, Poland and University of Lyon, France. He is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at a truly global university in Singapore- National University of Singapore (NUS), following a long stint as Professor of Chemical Engineering at McGill University, Canada. He is a Platinum Award winner of his alma mater, Institute of Chemical Technology (formerly known as UDCT), Mumbai, India. He holds Honorary professorships in several universities. His research areas are in transport phenomena, thermal management of fuel cells and battery stacks, energy systems, dewatering and drying and drying processes in diverse industries including foods, products of biological origin, sludge etc.