SAE International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Energy, Environment, & Policy
Dr. Srikanth Pilla, Clemson University, Robert Patrick Jenkins Endowed Professor; Founding Director, Clemson Composites Center; International Center for Automotive Research, USA
Dr. Srikanth Pilla is the Robert Patrick Jenkins endowed professor and Dean’s faculty fellow of automotive engineering at Clemson University. He is also the founding director of Clemson Composites Center and Director of the Automotive Engineering Certificate Program. Dr. Pilla also holds a joint appointment in the department of materials science and engineering and mechanical engineering at Clemson University.
Pilla earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a postdoctoral training from Stanford University. Prior to joining Clemson, Pilla worked as an Asst. Scientist at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Pilla also spent time in industry having worked at SC Johnson and SuGanit Biorenewables as R&D scientist. Pilla serves as a materials and manufacturing consultant to several industries including OEMs.
Pilla’s research interests are in the fundamentals and applications of sustainable and lightweight functional materials and manufacturing. Encompassing the “Materials Genome Initiative” and “Advanced Manufacturing Partnership,” Pilla’s work aims to create a crosscutting paradigm at the interface of polymer chemistry, polymer physics, energy resources, materials engineering, manufacturing science, and computational theories. He has co-authored over 100 widely cited, peer-reviewed archival publications. He edited the world’s leading handbook in bioplastics and biocomposites and four SAE-Progress in Technology Series books.
Pilla is highly active in plastics, composites and automotive professional societies. He has chaired and organized several technical sessions at SAE World Congress and SPE-ANTEC. Pilla currently serves as an Associate Editor of SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing and on the boards of Journal of Renewable Materials, Journal of Composites Science, SPE Injection Molding and Bioplastics Divisions.
Pilla’s efforts in research and engineering education have garnered him numerous awards, including the 2018 SC Governor’s Young Scientist Award, 2018 University of Wisconsin GOLD award, 2017 BEPS Outstanding Young Scientist Award, 2017 Stefan Pischinger Young Industry Leadership Award from SAE Foundation, 2017 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, 2017 Forest R. McFarland Award from SAE, and 2016 Robert J. Hocken Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer award from SME. Dr. Pilla was also recognized as USQ’s Eminent Visiting Scholar in 2017. He has supervised over 25 graduate students and postdocs, and over 20 undergraduate students. The results of his student’s research have been recognized with best research awards by the Society of Plastics Engineers, International Symposium on Bioplastics, Ceramics Society, Moldex3D.
Mahmoud Abdelhamid, Ford Motor Company, USA
Ben Amor, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
Annick Anctil, Michigan State University, USA
Giovanni Circella, University of California, Davis, USA
Jennifer B. Dunn, Northwestern University, USA
Saeed Farahani, Clemson University, USA
Chenhui Liu, Hunan University, China
Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute, USA
Ala Qattawi, University of Toledo, USA
Hesham A. Rakha, Virginia Tech, USA
Sreeprasad Sreenivasan, University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Changsheng Su, Cummins Inc., USA
Cássia Maria Lie Ugaya, Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná, Brazil
Marie Venner, Venner Consulting, USA
Endong Wang, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, USA
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