I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to this I was an American Heart Association post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of California, Berkeley, and served a short stint as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at University of Colorado Boulder.
My over-arching research interest lies in understanding the flow, transport, and mechanics of collections of discrete particles and predicting their emergent behavior. I am interested in applying this understanding to study coupled multi-physical phenomena in biomedical applications, advanced manufacturing processes, and materials design. Thus, my research lies at the interface of fluid mechanics, solid mechanics and computational methods (including finite element and discrete element method).
A primary goal of engineering education is to have students apply concepts learnt in classroom to solve complex real-world problems. Successful engineering education will, thus, entail a strong emphasis on critical thinking and application. As an educator, I therefore strive to transition towards experiential learning as opposed to solely focusing on didactic/rote learning. This enables students to move higher along the categorizations in Bloom's taxonomy. I believe that an effective way of achieving this is through attaining a good balance between conventional lecturing and active-learning strategies in my classroom.
Personal Website: https://www.debanjanmukherjee.com/