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Aute, Vikrant C.

Aute, Vikrant C.

Research Professor
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


  • MBA (2021), University of Maryland Global Campus
  • M.S. (2018), Data Analytics, University of Maryland University College
  • Ph.D. (2010), Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland College Park
  • M.S. (2001), Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland College Park
  • B.E. (1997), Mechanical Engineering, University of Pune, India


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. 


  • Fellow, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (2024)
  • Exceptional Service Award, ASHRAE (2023)
  • Best Session Paper, Experimental Methods, ATE-HEFAT Conference (2021)
  • Peter Ritter von Rittinger International Heat Pump Team Award (2021), More Information
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2020)
  • Provost's Excellence in Research Award for PTK Faculty, University of Maryland College Park (2018)
  • Best Research Journal Paper Award, ASHRAE (2018)
  • Distinguished Service Award, ASHRAE (2017)


  • Professional Scrum Master I
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
  • Microsoft Certified Professional



  • 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


  • 2020-2023, A novel framework for design optimization of PCM-embedded heat exchangers for the built environment, Funding Source: US Dept. of Energy

  • 2001 to present, Modeling and Optimization Tools for HVAC&R applications: CoilDesigner, VapCyc, PHESim; Architect, Product Owner and Lead Developer.


  • 2019-2021, Ultra-Performance Heat Exchanger Enabled by Additive Technology (UPHEAT), Funding Source: GE Global Research, as a part of the ARPAe HITEMMP Project Portfolio

  • 2018-2021, Design and Manufacturing of High-Performance Reduced Charge Heat Exchangers, Funding Source: US Dept. of Energy.


  • 58 Journal articles
  • 146 Conference papers
  • 21 Invited talks/seminars/symposia
  • 23 Inventions, 1 Granted Patent, 5 Commercialized inventions


  • Subject Editor, Applied Thermal Engineering,  Jun 2022 to Dec 2023.
  • Associate Editor, ASME J. of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications, May 2020 to Apr 2023.
  • Guest Associate Editor for Topical Issue on Optimization, ASHRAE HVAC&R Research Journal, 2010-2012.


  • 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 Cleaner Production
  • 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

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