Kalyana Pingali

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Kalyana Pingali
Assistant Professor
(269) 276-3519
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A-217 Floyd Hall, Mail Stop 5462
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Chemical and Paper Engineering
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5462 USA
  • Postdoc., Chemical Engineering, Rutgers University, 2009.
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, New Mexico State University, 2006.
  • MS., Chemical Engineering, New Mexico State University, 2004.
  • MBA., Technology Commercialization, New Mexico State University, 2005.


After working extensively in the industry for nine years as a chemical engineer (DuPont Singapore Ltd, Vantech Industries Ltd, Naturite Agro Products Ltd, Armor Polymers Ltd), Dr. Pingali came to United States and obtained all his three degrees MS (chemical engineering), MBA and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from New Mexico State University. Since obtaining his Ph.D. in 2006, Dr. Pingali had been employed at Rutgers University in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering as a post doctoral associate until 2009. He was then promoted to assistant research professor at Rutgers University (Engineering Research Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems) and worked in this position till 2011.

Dr. Pingali has made significant contributions in the area of nanoparticle synthesis, nanostructures, nanocoatings, crystal growth, pharmaceutical formulations, powder flow, drug release and development, tablet manufacturing and characterization, electrostatics and the subsequent characterization of the value-added engineered products for the applications in pharmaceutical industries. Dr. Pingali has drastically improved several protocols for pharmaceutical powder testing and developed technologies and prototypes which are currently used in various pharmaceutical companies and universities (Pfizer Inc (USA and Germany), Haldor Topsoe (Denmark), University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and Massey University (New Zealand)]. He creatively modified and initiated the development and automation of several laboratory testing and measuring techniques, which is currently one of the best powder flow measurement devices in the market.