Apoorv Kulkarni,PhD
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Apoorv Kulkarni received his PhD in Materials, Mechatronics and Systems Engineering from University of Trento, Italy in 2022. Since then he is working as a post-doctoral researcher at Western University with Free Appropriate Sustainability Technology (FAST) research group. He previously worked as a researcher in the MOST (Michigan tech Open Sustainability Technology) research group at Michigan Technological University. His thesis focused on integrating Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printing with polymer derived ceramics. He has developed a novel methods to create silicon based 3D printed porous ceramic structures using desktop based 3D printers and subsequent impregnation and pyrolysis. He currently manages the FAST research group consisting 30 undergraduate and graduate researchers. Prior to that he completed his masters in Material Science and Engineering from Michigan Technological University, USA and bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pune, India.

Previous Work[edit | edit source]

Previously he worked as a research assistant to Dr. Scott Wagner at Michigan Technological University from June 2017 to August 2018 for the project of Accelerated corrosion testing of Aluminum panels for use in automotive applications.
Before that, he worked as a Design Engineer for a private firm where I designed the heat load and layout of cold rooms for cold storage facilities for goods, food and pharmaceutical companies.
He also worked as an intern at an Oil seal/ O-ring manufacturing company as a Manufacturing Engineering intern. Where I developed a new time management schedule using lean manufacturing techniques to increase efficiency.

Research[edit | edit source]

Research Interests[edit | edit source]

  • Polymer Derived Ceramics
  • Open-source 3D printing
  • Polymers Engineering
  • Ceramics Engineering
  • Composite Materials
  • Aluminum metallurgy
  • Corrosion
  • Material Testing and Characterization
  • Fused Filament Fabrication, Stereolithography

Current Research[edit | edit source]


Publications and completed projects[edit | edit source]

Pages[edit | edit source]

3D printed Polymer Derived Ceramics
Polymer Derived Ceramics: Process
Printing 1.75mm filament with Lulzbot Printers
Tube Furnace Protocol:MOST

Some fun 3D printed stuff[edit | edit source]

My Hobbies[edit | edit source]

  • Music

I play Indian Classical Flute and a percussion instrument called Tabla. I have been playing Tabla for last 15 years and Flute for last 12 years. I play mostly Indian Classical Music and Hindi film music. Some videos of me playing.

  • Cooking

I like to Cook different cuisines but I cook Indian cuisine the best. I like to feed people and see happy faces.

  • Gaming

I do some computer gaming and love racing games. I play Assetto Corsa and Project Cars on my racing simulator. Other than that I like FPS and RPG games. Counter Strike and Assassin's Creed are some of my favorites.

  • Watch Formula 1 Racing

I am an avid fan of Formula 1 racing and have been following the sport since last 8 years. Being a Mechanical Engineer and knowing the technical stuff makes me even more interested in it. My all tie favorite team is Ferrari and since now I am a student in Italy, my dream is to watch an F1 race at Autodromo Monza. Currently I like Red Bull racing and my favorite drivers are Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen.

  • Also I am a very tech savvy person and own loads of gadgets. I like automating stuff as much as possible
  • Like to watch movies. Fan of Marvel and DC comics.
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