Rupak Banarjee named ASEE Fellow

Associate Professor Rupak Banarjee

Rupak Banarjee

Associate Professor Rupak Banerjee has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

The Fellow designation is the highest elected grade of membership in ASME. Fellowship is conferred upon members with at least 10 years of active engineering practice and who have made significant contributions to the profession.

Dr. Banerjee's research interests include the traditional areas of heat transfer, fluid mechanics and mass transfer as well as developing areas such as patho-physiologic flow, fluid-structure interaction, biotransport and electro-hydrodynamic analyses.  In the general area of biomechanical engineering, Dr. Banerjee has distinguished himself as both a theoretician and an experimentalist as well as a skilled analyst of theoretical models and empirical data. His primary research focus is linking actual patient diagnoses with bio-transport analyses in order to predict and treat patho-physiologic conditions, defects, diseases, and device performances. 

Dr. Banerjee joined the University of Cincinnati in 2002 following an appointment of two years at Kettering University (formerly, General Motors Institute). Preceding this appointment, Dr. Banerjee was a staff scientist for the Drug Delivery and Kinetic Resources group in the Division of Bioengineering and Physical Sciences of the NIH. Prior to joining NIH, he held positions in three different industries. He was a computational fluid dynamics applications specialist for four years in the biomedical industry team at Fluent, Inc. This was preceded by a research engineering position for over three years with the fluid and heat transfer analysis group at Raytheon. He began his professional career as a senior engineer in mechanical design at Kuljian Corporation during beginning of his doctoral studies.

Here at the University of Cincinnati Dr. Banerjee teaches and mentors graduate and undergraduate students and financially supports them through his research activities.  He has supervised the research and graduation of six doctoral students and eighteen masters students.  He currently has eleven Ph.D. and five MS students in progress where he is the principal advisor.

Dr. Banerjee's research results have significantly advanced the fields of biomechanical and biomedical research.  These results are documented in sixty archival journal articles, ninety-five peer-reviewed conference publications, three book chapters and one patent.  Dr. Banerjee is currently an Associate Editor of ASME's Journal of  Medical Devices and an Editorial Board member of BioMedical Engineering Online journal. He has been elected as the co-Chair and the future Chair of the Biotransport technical committee of the Bioengineering Division (joint with the K-17 committee of Heat Transfer Division) of ASME.

Dr. Banerjee received his education from Birla Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Technology.  In 1992, he received his Ph.D. from Drexel University, where he studied cardiovascular fluid flow problems, the rheological properties of blood as well as developing techniques for evaluating pulsatile blood flow.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a not-for-profit professional organization promoting the art, science and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences. ASME develops codes and standards that enhance public safety, and provides lifelong learning and technical exchange opportunities benefiting the engineering and technology community.