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Work experience

Aug 2008Jul 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


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


  • 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

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

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

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


Nov 2008Nov 2013

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Educational Testing Service (ETS)