Uttandaraman (U. T.) Sundararaj is professor and the head of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary. Previously, he was professor at the University of Alberta for 12 years and worked four years in R&D with the General Electric Company. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1994 and his BSc from University of Alberta in 1989, both in chemical engineering.
Sundararaj’s main research interests are in polymer blend and nanocomposite structure generation in twin-screw extruders, modeling of polymer processes, and hybrid polymer nanocomposites using novel nanomaterials.
He has published over 160 refereed publications. He received the International Polymer Processing Society’s Morand Lambla Award and the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. Recently, he was awarded the Killam Annual Professorship for demonstrated excellence in research, student mentoring and teaching. He has received several teaching awards, including the Rutherford Award —the highest teaching honor at the University of Alberta, Excellence in Education Award from APEGGA, the Medal of Distinction for Engineering Education from Engineers Canada and recently, he was awarded the 3M National Teaching Fellowship. He has given over thirty plenary and keynote presentations at major national and international conferences.