Rutvij Kotecha

Work History

Work History
Aug 2008 - Jul 2009

Inspection Engineer

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL)
  • Monitored corrosion and troubleshot issues in crude oil processing plants and subsidiary units
  • Managed and coordinated maintenance activities of these units
  • In charge - Inspection laboratory which housed approx 20 instruments
  • Co-coordinated implementation of US Trade Development Agency (USTDA) project in Mumbai refinery, HPCL




  • Computer: C++, MATLAB, Auto CAD, UG NX, MS Office
  • Experienced in using machining equipments
  • Proficient in using FTIR, SEM, EDS, XRD, Hardness tester, Universal Testing Machine (UTM), Four probe testers, Thermo Mechanical Analyzer

Publications and Invention Disclosures

  • Rutvij Kotecha, M Schulz, V Shanov; “Atmospheric Pressure Microwave Plasma Enhanced Coating of Carbon Nanotube Ribbons and Threads”; online MRS meetings Proceedings conference of Spring 2011
  • R D Kotecha, S M L Nai and M Gupta; Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 41 (2008) 175401 (8pp) (doi:10.1088/0022-3727/41/17/175401)
  • Invention disclosure submitted to University of Cincinnati Intellectual Property Right office (file number UC 111-031), for plasma coating on CNT threads. Authors: Prof. Vesselin Shanov, Prof. Mark Schulz, Joe Sprengard, Rutvij Kotecha

Research Projects

“Modification of mechanical properties of CNT threads by coating using Atmospheric Pressure Microwave Plasma CVD”Research Assistant, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH                                          December 2009 – present

  • Successfully coated carbon nanotube threads with polymers for application in composites
  • Currently studying change in mechanical properties of CNT coated threads
  • Experienced in assembling Atmospheric Pressure Microwave Plasma CVD
  • Designed and machined platform for plasma treatment/coating of CNT thread/ribbon

“Design of air-conditioning and heat pump unit using geothermal heat exchange”Senior year project, MNNIT, Allahabad, India                                                                        August 2007 – April 2008

  • Successfully adapted geothermal heating and cooling system for Allahabad, India
  • Simulated energy requirements for heating and cooling on MATLAB
  • Projected Return On Investment and reduction in energy requirements

“Characterization of pure aluminium integrated with micron-sized copper particles at different microwave power levels”Summer internship, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore                                        May – July 2007

  • Successfully developed composites with strength-to-weight ratio greater than 1.4 times that of Aluminum alloys like 2014-O, 2017-O and 2024-O.
  • Characterized samples to study microstructure and mechanical properties
  • Published results in a paper (refer to Publications and Invention Disclosures)

“Magnetic nanoparticles based cantilevers for biosensing applications”Summer internship, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), India                                          May – July 2005

  • Synthesis and characterization of g- Fe2O3 magnetic nanoparticles
  • Experimentally studied mechanical behavior of cantilevers functionalized with g-Fe2O3 nanoparticles in magnetic field
  • Proved applicability of functionalized cantilevers for portable biosensors
  • Wrote a C++ code to simulate stress-strain behavior of these cantilevers

Voluntary Teaching Activities

  • Taught synthesis of Nickel nanowires to undergraduate students at University of Cincinnati; May 2010
  • Taught underprivileged children through Pankhudi Foundation (Non Profit Organization based in India for education of underprivileged children); November 2008 - July 2009

Leadership Roles

  • Chief Editor & Coordinator – Titali (Newsletter of Pankhudi Foundation, a non-profit organization based in India for education of underprivileged children); August 2010 onwards
  • President, Cultural Connections (UC funded international students group); April 2011 onwards
  • Treasurer, Cultural Connections; April 2010 - April 2011
  • Co-coordinator - implementation of US Trade Development Agency (USTDA) project in Mumbai refinery, HPCL, India; March – May 2009
  • Organizing committee – MNNIT’s technical festival; July 2006 – September 2007


Nov 2008 - Nov 2013

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Educational Testing Service (ETS)