Bhavik R. Bakshi
Professor, Ohio State University
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Bhavik R. Bakshi is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Research Director of the Center for Resilience at The Ohio State University. He has held faculty appointments in India and continues to teach and advise PhD students there. His research is developing scientifically rigorous methods for improving the sustainability and efficiency of human activities. This includes new methods for analyzing the life cycle of existing and emerging technologies, ways of designing systems based on mimicking nature, and developing integrated models of industrial, ecological and economic systems for designing engineered systems and supporting policies. A major focus of his research is on understanding and including the role of ecosystem services in industrial activities. This multidisciplinary research overlaps with areas such as thermodynamics, applied statistics, ecology, economics, and complexity theory. Applications include nanotechnology, green chemistry, alternate fuels, and waste utilization. He has published extensively, including a recent edited volume on "Thermodynamics and the Destruction of Resources." He also offers short courses to practicing professionals on various aspects of sustainability. His work has been recognized through awards from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and several best paper awards at various conferences. Prof. Bakshi received his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Bombay, MS in Chemical Engineering Practice and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While in graduate school, he also completed a minor in Technology and Environmental Policy and conducted research at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

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