Dr. Tirumala Rao Kotni

Dr. Tirumala Rao Kotni

Assistant Professor - SG

Profile Summary

Dr. Tirumala Rao Kotni completed his doctoral studies at IIT Delhi, focusing intently on the intriguing realm of dewetting in thin liquid films, particularly examining how varying viscosity based on their thickness influences this phenomenon. His research journey encompassed the application of numerical simulations in both 2D and 3D dimensions, unraveling the intricate physical mechanisms underlying dewetting on solid surfaces. Before embarking on his role at UPES, he served as a research associate in IIT Delhi's Chemical Engineering Department, where his exploration delved into the captivating domain of protein aggregation, facilitated by Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulations. His work honed in on comprehending the dynamics of protein aggregation via the dimer addition mechanism, along with an insightful analysis of aggregation kinetics on a 2D hexagonal lattice. Dr. Kotni's academic foundation includes an M.Tech in Chemical Engineering from NIT Trichy, Tamil Nadu, and a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from M.V.G.R. College of Engineering, affiliated with J.N.T.U Hyderabad. His exceptional expertise significantly contributes to the realm of Chemical Engineering and the academic landscape.

Work Experience

Dr. Tirumala Rao Kotni has assumed the role of Assistant Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at UPES, Dehradun. Prior to this, he served as a Research Associate in the Chemical Engineering Department at IIT Delhi.

Research Interests

Dr. Kotni's research interests revolve around Mathematical Modeling and Simulation, Dewetting and Phase Separation of thin liquid films, Interface Science, and Electrospinning of nano Fibers.

Dr. Kotni's teaching philosophy is deeply rooted in his passion for education and mentorship. He views his role as an educator as a means to share the knowledge and insights he has gained through his research journey. His commitment lies in empowering students to realize their capabilities and aspirations, fostering a culture of excellence and growth. Through his guidance, he actively supports students in both major and minor projects, offering valuable direction to navigate obstacles and succeed in their academic endeavors.

Courses Taught

UG Courses

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Corrosion Engineering
  • Safety, Health, and Environment Management
  • Momentum Transfer
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Pipeline Transportation of Oil and Gas
  • Transport Phenomena

PG Courses

  • Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer Equipment Design
  • Multiphase Flow
  • Principles of Chemical Process Safety

Awards and Grants

Dr. Tirumala Rao Kotni was granted a prestigious travel award by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), an esteemed entity under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. This grant facilitated his participation in an international conference hosted at the University of Birmingham, UK. Moreover, he was distinguished with the Department of Science and Technology fellowship in 2015, further recognizing his contributions to the field.