Faculty Department

Mr. Kumargaurao Punase

Kumargaurao Dnyaneshwar Punase

Assistant Professor - Selection Grade (DOJ - 01.08.2009, Regular)

B.Tech (Chemical Engg.), Laxminarayan Institute of Technology, Nagpur University

M.Tech (Chemical Engg.), IIT, Roorkee

Ph.D (Chemical Engg.), University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun, India

Career Graph:

  • Graduate Engineer Trainee at Jubilant Organosys Ltd., Nira (July 2006 – July 2007)
  • Assistant Professor at UPES, Dehradun (August 2009 – June 2013)
  • Assistant Professor – Senior Scale at UPES, Dehradun (July 2013 – December 2016)
  • Assistant Professor – Selection Grade at UPES, Dehradun (January 2017 – Till Date)

Area of Specialization:

Process Design, Modelling and Simulation, Heat Transfer, Engineering Economics, Renewable Energy


  • Contribution: I have worked in both industry and academia having more than 13 years of experience. I have taught several Chemical Engineering subjects and labs during these years. I have performed various administrative duties including Course coordinator, Activity coordinator, Placement and Internship coordinator, Lab In-charge. I have successfully led NAAC audit from Chemical Engineering department and have also participated in NBA audits of two programs from Energy Cluster. I have delivered the ‘Plant Design Economics’ course for Diploma Engineers at Finolex Industry Ltd., Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. 
  • Interest: I am involved in the R&D activities in the areas of Process Modelling, Simulation and Optimization. I am also working on the hydrogen production methods and its applications to fuel cell technology.

Research & Publications:

  • Rai A., Punase K.D., Bhargav R. and Mohanty B. (2014) Evaluation of Models for Supercritical Fluid Extraction. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 72, 274–287.
  • Punase K.D., Rao N. and Vijay P. (2019)A review on mechanistic kinetic models of ethanol steam reforming for hydrogen production using a fixed bed reactor. Chemical Papers, Vol. 73, No. 5, 1027-1042.
  • Punase K.D., Rao N., Vijay P. and Gupta S.K. (2019)Simulation and multi‐objective optimization of a fixed bed catalytic reactor to produce hydrogen using ethanol steam reforming. International Journal of Energy Research, Vol. 43. No. 9, 4580-4591.

Honours and Achievements:

  • UPES Research Reward – 2019 for International Journal Publication.
  • UPES Long Service Award – 2019.
  • UPES R&D C3 Award – 2014 for International Journal Publication.
  • UPES - ‘Dedicated Service Award’ – 2014.
  • President (2007-2008), Chemical Engineers Students’ Society (ChESS), IIT Roorkee.
  • All India Rank-511 in GATE-2006

Projects or Ph.D.’s guided:

05 (M. Tech) and 15 (B. Tech)

Personal interests

Reading spiritual and self-motivating books, Listening Music