Saurabh Sharma

PhD Candidate, Fall 2016


Jul 2009 - Jun 2013

Bachelor of Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, INDIA                                          
CGPA: 8.756/10.0


Heat Transfer, Heterogeneous Catalysis and Engineering, Modelling and Simulation, Fluid


Techno-Economic Feasibility Report on Production of Fuel Ethanol from Wheat Straw
B.Tech. Thesis Project, IIT Roorkee (July 2012 - April 2013)

  • Undertook comprehensive literature study for process selection followed by process flow sheeting of individual plant units.
  • Designed the equipment involved in the process like batch reactor, evaporator, heat exchangers and distillation columns
  • Computed the profit margin and payback period for project.
  • Lead a six member team successfully and presented the thesis to the panel of faculties

Process Modelling of an Integrated Ethanol and CHP Plant
B.Tech. Minor Project, IIT Roorkee (Aug 2012 - Dec 2012)
  • Constructed a process model using Aspen Plus.
  • Evaluated the impact of integrating an ethanol plant with a co -generation plant for heat and 
  • electric power production.
  • Compared the energy production of integrated CHP plant with stand-alone CHP plant .


Chambal Fertilisers and Chemical Limited, Kota, INDIA (May 2012 - June 2012)
Production of Ammonia from Natural Gas

  • Studied Haber’s Process for production of ammonia from natural gas in Ammonia-II Plant.
  • Overviewed the major equipment the process comprised of.
  • Computed material balance of streams for overall process, calculated the flow rates and 
  • verified it with the design values

SunBorne Energy Technologies Private Limited, Gurgaon, INDIA
Parabolic Trough Solar System Piping Model (June 2011 - July 2011)

  • Developed model of heat transfer fluid piping network in parabolic trough solar system using Pipe Flow Expert Software.
  • Results obtained were validated with the published results.
  • Studied the friction losses from various fittings of pipes. 

Work History

Work History
Jul 2013 - Present

Indian Oil Corporation Limited                              

Panipat Refinery and Petrochemical Complex, Panipat, INDIA                                                                                        
  • Involved in the operation of Naphtha Hydrotreating, Isomerisation, FCC Gasoline Desulfurization and Reformate Splitter Units to produce EURO IV gasoline.
  • Production of products of desired specifications, executing start-up and shutdown activities of plant, handling emergency situations in plant operation.
  • Performed successful simulations of above mentioned plants on SimSci PRO/II.
  • Proposed various suggestion schemes to improve reliability, safety and profitability of plants. The schemes have been accepted for implementation by the corporation.


  • Secured All India Rank-39 in Graduate Aptitude Test Examination (GATE) in Chemical Engineering in the year 2013.
  • Was awarded the Merit-Cum-Means Scholarship from year 2010 to 2013 by the Institute for meritorious performance.


Registration Committee, Workshop, Department of Chemical Engineering, Golden Jubilee Celebration (2012)
  • Worked as a member of registration committee to manage registration of participants during workshop.
Srishti - Annual Techno Hobby Exhibition of IIT Roorkee (2010 - 2012)
  • Runner up in each event for group discussion, dynamic model and astrophotogr aphy. 
Co-Coordinator, Thomso - Annual Cultural Festival of IIT Roorkee (2010)
  • Managed a group of students to accomplish enrolment of around 1000 student


Coordinator, Ideaz, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cognizance (2012)
  • Organized Ideaz - A national level paper presentation event during Cognizance - Annual Technical Festival of IIT Roorkee.
Srishti - Annual Techno Hobby Exhibition of IIT Roorkee (2012)
  • Organized Cosmic Vistas - a sky observation event to explore the night sky using telescope.


Member, NSS (National Service Scheme), IIT Roorkee (Aug 2009 - April 2010)
  • Volunteered in blood donation camps, cloth collection campaigns and distribution of clothes among impoverished children