Debjyoti Banerjee | AIChE

Debjyoti Banerjee

Professor, James J. Cain '51 Faculty Fellow I, Dean’s Fellow for EnMed
Texas A&M

Prof. Debjyoti Banerjee is a Fellow of the Engineering Medicine Program [EnMED], which is a joint endeavor of the Houston Methodist Hospital with the Texas A&M University [TAMU] College of Engineering [COE] and the TAMU College of Medicine [COM]. In addition to his appointment as a Professor of J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering since 2005; as James J. Cain ’51 Faculty Fellow I since 2017 and as Professor (Joint Courtesy Appointment) in the TAMU Department of Petroleum Engineering since 2011; he was appointed as an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Medical Education at TAMU College of Medicine [COM].

He was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers [ASME] in 2016. He is currently serving an Associate Editor (AE) of the ASME Transactions Journal of Heat Transfer [JHT] and has served as a Guest Editor (GE) for special issues (SI) of JHT in the recent past. He was recently appointed as a Guest Editor (SI on “AI Techniques for Integrated Energy Systems”) for the ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology [JERT]. He is an AE of the international journal of Electronics (and currently a GE for SI on Machine Learning/ Artificial Intelligence). He is a Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Interfacial Phenomena and Heat Transfer. In the recent past, he has served as an AE and multiple times as Guest Editor (SI) for the ASME Journal of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine [JNEM]. He was also invited in the past to serve as an Advisory Board Member of the Journal of Nanofluids [JON].

He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (with minor in MEMS) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 3 M.S. degrees (from the University of Mississippi/ Ole Miss and UCLA), and the Bachelor of Technology (Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Kharagpur). At TAMU his sponsored research projects (with academic and industrial collaborators) exceeds $22 million, while mentoring 38 students (17 PhD and 21 MS) to graduate under his supervision, yielding more than 150 archival publications (journals and conference proceedings).

He received 17 US patents from his prior research work at Applied Biosystems Inc./ ABI (Life Technologies, CA), NanoInk Inc., Ciphergen Biosystems Inc., Coventor Inc., Tata (India) and TAMU. He joined TAMU as an assistant professor in 2005 and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2011 and as professor in 2015. Currently he is collaborating with Dr. Vijay K. Dhir (NAE member, former Dean of Engineering at UCLA and currently Hagler Fellow at TAMU) on developing a novel hydro-cyclone apparatus for desalination and water remediation applications. His research interests are in thermal-fluids sciences with emphasis on lab-on-chip technologies (e.g., tissue-on-chip, neural organoids, clinical and bio-molecular diagnostics, etc.), bio-MEMS, micro/nano-fluidics, bio/nano-technology (Dip-Pen Nanolithography/DPN, nano-calorimetry, “nano-nose”, Step-Flash-Imprint nano-Lithography/SFIL), multiphase flows (boiling, condensation, desalination) for energy conservation/ energy conversion, food-energy-water (FEW) nexus – including desalination and water remediation as well as renewable energy (solar thermal energy storage using nanofluids) and Machine Learning.

Since he joined TAMU in January 2005, Dr. Banerjee has participated in teams with project funding exceeding $27 million (more than $5 million directly accruing to his research group), including from: (a) US Federal sources: AFRL, AFOSR/ AOARD, ARO, DARPA-MF3, DOE, ARPA-E, NASA/JPL, NSF, ONR, SPAWAR; (b) State of Texas: Crisman Institute for Petroleum Research, Energy Institute, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, Texas Space Grants Consortium, Engineering Medicine/ ENMED; (c) International Agencies: Qatar Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund; (d) Corporate sponsors/ collaborators: 3M, ADA Technologies, Alstom, Anteon Corp./ General Dynamics, Aspen Thermal Systems, Boeing, ESI, EVAPCO, General Electric/ GE, Irvine Sensors Corp., Lynntech, Marathon, MRV Systems, NanoInk, Nano-MEMS Research, Trianja (Photronics)/ Silicon Venture Partners & BG Group, Douglas Scientific, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., IDEX Health & Science, SHRINK Nanotechnologies, Microfluidic Innovations, ESI Group, Symbient Product Development, Sierra Proto Express, Lawrence Livermore National Labs., NASA Ames Research Center, Beckman Coulter, Inc., BIOCOM, Monsanto, Invitrogen, Applied Biosystems (Life Technologies), Reliance Energy Innovation Fund (REIF) and Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute (HMHRI).

He was selected as “ASEE/AFOSR Summer Faculty Fellow” at AFRL (2006, 2007; Propulsion Directorate) and “ASEE/ONR Summer Faculty Fellow” at SPAWAR/SSC (Space and Naval Warfare Center Systems Command, 2009; Advanced Technology Branch). He received various awards, which include: “2020 Patent and Innovations Award”, “J.C. Bose National Science Talent Scholar”, “ASME-HTD Best Paper Award (2001)”, “Amlan-Sen Best Mechanical Engineering Student Award (Endowment)”, “TEES Select Young Faculty Award (2009)”, “Charles W. Crawford Distinguished Award”, “Dean’s Excellence Award” and “Pravasi Rattan Award” (“Jewel of Expatriates” Award) in 2018 which was awarded at the House of Lords and the House of Commons (British Parliament, London, UK).

3123 TAMU

College Station, TX 77843-3123

Tel. 979.845.1251 Fax. 979.845.3081

SERIVCE: Dr. Banerjee was selected by the Space Studies Board (SSB) of the National Academies of Engineering, Science and Medicine (NASEM) to serve on the steering committee for the “Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences (BPS) Research in Space 2023-2032”, that was requested by the US Congress on behalf of NASA. Dr. Banerjee is the chair of the organizing committee for the 2021 PI meeting of NSF ER2 (Ethical & Responsible Research) and NSF-CCE-STEM (Cultivating the Culture of Ethics in STEM) programs.

He is currently elected as the Vice-Chair of the Council of Principal Investigators (CPI, TAMU). He is currently elected to his third consecutive (3-year) term to the TAMU Faculty Senate (FS), elected twice to be the Leader of the Engineering Caucus (FS) and was an elected member of the Executive Committee (FS). With colleagues in Law School and the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) he co-founded the “Ethics Roundtable” at TAMU. He was recognized as “ADVANCE Diversity Champion” by Texas A&M Office of the Dean of Faculties (DOF); while also training faculty members at TAMU and the University of Memphis as a member of the Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) and Strategies for Inclusive Promotion Evaluations (STRIPE). From a research grant sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Cultivating the Culture of Ethics in STEM (CCE-STEM) program, he is collaborating with faculty in Law School and College of Liberal Arts (COLA) faculty in the Department of Philosophy and Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences to investigate the role of sexual harassment in STEM while also developing and implementing a learning module on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) in the undergraduate class: ENGR 482 (Ethics and Engineering). In addition to his role as a Fellow of the Engineering Medicine (EnMED) program: in collaboration with Houston Methodist Hospital (HMH), HMH Research Institute (HMRI), College of Medicine (COM) and the Department of Multi-Disciplinary Engineering (MTDE) in the College of Engineering (COE) at TAMU, he is coordinating and managing the “innovation and commercialization” learning modules for the Academy of Physician Scientists (APS) Fellows program since its inception – which is sponsored by a $2.5 million grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF). He is a regular participant in mentorship programs for the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship and has mentored student teams in the MBA Technology Transfer Challenge; Research Experience for the Undergraduates (REU); Undergraduate Summer Research Grant (USRG) program; and the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program and the First Generation Engineering (FGeN) Students Mentoring program. He is a member of the Faculty Development Leave (FDL) committee; University Grievance Committee (UGC); and the University Disciplinary Appeals Panel (UDAP). He has also participated as representative member to the Council for the Built Environment (CBE) chaired by the Vice President for Finance at TAMU (VP-Finance); represented the Faculty Senate as ex- officio member of the University Staff Council (USC). He was a member of the Provost task force (Graduate School Task Force). He participated in multiple programs under the aegis of the Dean of Faculties / DOF: e.g., DOF Task Forces on Faculty Professional Conduct. He was a member of the University Safety Committee. Under the aegis of the Vice President for Information Technology at TAMU (VP-IT) he participated in multiple committees for IT Governance (Enterprise Applications Committee/ EAC and the Endpoint Backup Taskforce). He is a member of the Texas A&M Stakeholder Operations Committee (TSOC) which is coordinated by the Office of Sponsored Research Services (SRS) and the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR). He served in the Committee for Academic Freedom, Research and Tenure (CAFRT). He participated in the Difficult Dialogues Program. He was a member of the Finance Working Group under the aegis of the Vice President for Finance at TAMU (VP-Finance). He participated in the University Budget Information Committee (BIC); Transportation Advisory Committee; and the Legislative Affairs Committee. He was a member of the 2021 Department Head Search Committee for the J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 2009-2010: he coordinated and assisted in the process of the submission of the final proposal for Qatar Foundation Nano-Energy Center that was submitted to the Qatar Foundation Research Science and Technology Park (QFRST). He was a coordinator for the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Kharagpur) and the Indian Institute for Petroleum and Energy (IIPE-Visakhapatnam).

Dr. Banerjee assisted the Dean of Engineering by participating in committees for initiating the Architecture Engineering (AREN) program under the newly minted Department of Multi-Disciplinary Engineering (MTDE). The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the College of Engineering also appointed Dr. Banerjee to the committee for evaluating and re-formulating the ENGR 482 (Ethics and Engineering) course. He initiated and managed multiple instances of the Research Experience Abroad Program (REAP) under the aegis of Halliburton Engineering Global Programs (2011-2019) while also fund-raising and for development activities towards defraying the living expenses of the students and for their international travel: from the IIT-KGP-Foundation and ADRACEPE (Asoke Deysarkar and Ruma Acharya Center for Excellence in Petroleum Engineering). Dr. Banerjee also initiated and managed the Engineering Study Abroad Programs multiple times (e.g., to Brazil in 2013 and 2014; and to India from 2017-2019). He organized international workshops in France and Indo-US workshops, which were sponsored by NSF, Department of Defense: AFOSR/ AOARD and ONR-G (from US) as well as Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (I-US- STF), the Indian Society for Heat and Mass Transfer (ISHMT), Jadavpur University, Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS-Pilani) and CANEUS (Canda-European Union-US society). He also hosted multiple seminar speakers from US Federal Agencies (TEES Tech Talk Organizer and Host); and served as the sole Faculty Ambassador at TAMU for the US Patents and Trademarks Office (USPTO).

Innovation & Commercialization: After co-founding Thermascape Tech. Inc. (TTI) in 2017, TTI won the 5th Prize (overall category), the “Amerra Visualization Prize” and the “AM Innovation Center Prize” at the Texas New Ventures Competition.