Kameswara R. Upadrashta
President & Principal Consultant
PhD Chemical Engineering (Indian Institute of Technology Madras); Masters in Chemical Engineering Plant Design, and Bachelors in Chemical Engineering (Osmania University, India). Affiliations: PRAD Technologies (President & Principal Consultant, 1990-present), University of Minnesota (Associate Professor, 1986-91), University of Utah (Research Assistant Professor, 1984-86; Post-Doctoral Fellow 1982-84), and Indian Institute of Technology Madras (Senior Scientific Officer, 1972-82).
Kamesh has extensive experience as a consultant in solving rheology related problems for the chemical process industry including biomedical, cosmetics/toiletries, energy, food, pharmaceutical, polymer, and specialty products industries. He has made fundamental contributions to research in the area of particulate/multiphase processes, specifically the liquid cyclones and various other unit operations/processes involving complex fluid systems. In addition, Kamesh has edited/co-edited several text and reference books in chemical engineering most significant of which include the ‘Manual of Chemical Technology’ published with funding from Government of India in four volumes covering a broad spectrum of the chemical process industry, which was well received both by the industry and the academia. His research interests now span rheological applications in the generation/synthesis of nanoparticles and nanodispersions and their utilization in heat transfer enhancement, nanocoatings, nanocomposites, nanofibers, and nanofilms.
Kamesh is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society of Rheology, the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, and the American Association of Cereal Chemists.
Pradyumna S. Upadrashta, PhD
Pradyumna has a PhD in Scientific Computation (2004) and Bachelors in Chemical Engineering (1998), both from the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology. He has been a Post-Doctoral Fellow (2005-2007) in Computational Biomedicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston. His focus as a doctoral sudent has been in the area of biomedical signal processing and in the use of Graphical Models and Machine Learning algorithms for modeling complex systems.
Pradyumna has been with PRAD Technologies since its inception (consultant, 2005-present; junior consultant, 1999-2004; research assistant, 1995-98). He has successfully completed a number of R&D projects in biomedical, chemical, and pharmaceutical areas for several of our major clients. His expertise spans materials characterization, scientific visualization, statistical computing, high performance computing, and process modeling/simulation/optimization using numerical schemes. His current interests span the development of performance nanomaterials for novel applications, eco-friendly biotechnology/biofuels, and the application of statistical methods for solving so-called “hard” problems.
Pradyumna is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, the Society for Neuroscience, and the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications.