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Aute, Vikrant C.

Aute, Vikrant C.

Research Scientist
Director, Modeling & Optimization Consortium
Co-Director, Center for Environmental Energy Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Center for Environmental Energy Engineering
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
4164G Glenn L. Martin Hall

EDUCATION

  • M.S. (2018), Data Analytics, University of Maryland University College
  • Ph.D. (2010), M.S.(2001), Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland College Park
  • B.E. (1997), Mechanical Engineering, University of Pune, India

BACKGROUND

Vikrant Aute serves as director of the Modeling and Optimization Consortium within the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering. Dr. Aute has twenty years of experience in the development of modeling and optimization algorithms for thermal systems. His current research focuses on approximation assisted multi-objective multidisciplinary optimization and its application to design of thermal systems and the continued development of heat exchanger and vapor compression system simulation tools. His industrial experience includes work at Thermax Ltd.(India), Tata Infotech Ltd. (India) and Daikin Industries Ltd. (Japan). He is an active member of ASHRAE and has served on committees as voting member. He holds multiple professional qualifications including Microsoft Certified Professional and Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator. 

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Provost's Excellence in Research Award for PTK Faculty, University of Maryland College Park (2018)
  • ASHRAE, Best Research Journal Paper Award (2018)
  • ASHRAE, Distinguished Service Award (2017)

  • Innovation in design, simulation, optimization and life cycle impact assessment of thermal systems and components for HVAC&R applications
  • Multi-disciplinary, shape and topology optimization, Approximation Assisted Optimization & Adaptive DOE
  • Development and application of multi-objective genetic algorithms and non-linear methods to HVAC&R applications
  • Application of machine learning & data visualization to understand & improve HVAC&R system efficiencies

PUBLICATION SUMMARY

  • 49 Journal articles
  • 124 Conference papers
  • 11 Invited talks/seminars/symposia
  • 15 Inventions, 5 Commercialized inventions
  • Guest Associate Editor for Topical Issue on Optimization, ASHRAE HVAC&R Research Journal, 2010-2012.

 

REVIEWER FOR JOURNALS/PUBLICATIONS

  • Applied Thermal Engineering
  • Science & Technology for the Built Environment, formerly ASHRAE HVAC&R Research Journal
  • International Journal of Refrigeration
  • Journal of Building Performance Simulation
  • Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology
  • Journal of Power and Energy, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
  • Heat & Mass Transfer
  • International J. of Thermal Sciences
  • Springer Publishing

UMD receives two new DOE Building Technologies awards

Takeuchi and Aute to lead projects 

Saving Energy with ‘Personal HVAC Systems’

UMD awarded more than $5 million by ARPA-E to fund potentially transformational research.