Dr. Arvind Kumar Sharma

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani Pilani Campus, Pilani - 333 031 (Rajasthan), INDIA

About the Faculty


ARVIND KUMAR SHARMA graduated (BTech) from Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI) Kanpur in 1986, earned Masters (MS) in 1992 and PhD in 2005, both from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.

He worked as a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) in the Department of Post-Harvest Process and Food Engineering, College of Technology, Govind Ballahab Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, during 1986-87. Later at IIT Madras (apart from doing MS and later PhD) he also worked as a Senior Project Officer (SPO), during 1990-92, for a project on Biogas Generation from Tannery Effluents funded by the Department of Nonconventional Energy Sources of Ministry of Energy and as a Research Associate (RA) for a project on Colour Removal of Industrial Effluents using Fluidized Bed funded by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) during 1997–2002.

Presently he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani–Pilani Campus, which he joined as a Lecturer in December 2004.

He also served as Head of the Department (Jan 2007 to August 2012). During this period, department was granted three major development funds: Departmental Research Support (DRS)–Special Assistance Programme (SAP) of University Grant Commission (UGC) [Rs. 48 Lakhs (2011-16)], UGC-Infrastructure Support [Rs. 20 Lakhs (2011-12)] and Fund for Improvement of S & T Infrastructure (FIST) of Department of Science and Technology (DST) [Rs. 80.5 Lakhs (2011-16)]. Five (5) UGC-BSR research fellowships were also granted to the department. The department also conducted two prominent conferences: Technological Advancements in Chemical and Environmental Engineering (TACEE-2012, March 23-24, 2012) and 8th Annual Session of Students’ Chemical Engineering Congress (SCHEMCON-2012, September 21-22, 2012), an annual event of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE).

Dr. Sharma teaches in the field of Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering & Biochemical Engineering and his areas of Research are Environmental Engineering (Water and Wastewater Treatment), Adsorption, Fluidization, Hydrodynamics, Biochemical Engineering (Bioreactor Analysis and Design), Reaction Mechanism & Kinetics and Modeling & Simulation. He is nurturing his interests in Reactor Analysis & Design, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Statistical Thermodynamics.

He is guiding 1 PhD and has guided 1 PhD, 7 ME Dissertations, 30+ Professional & Research Practice and Research Methodology students, 6 BE Theses and 70+ BE Projects. He has published 40+ research papers in national & international journals and conferences, 5 chapters in lecture notes and participated in 15+ short term courses/seminars/conferences/symposiums/workshops/conventions.

He has reviewed research papers submitted for Journal of the Institution of Engineers (India): Series A; CURIE Journal (Journal of Cooperation among University, Research and Industrial Enterprises); paper/proposal for 2nd National Convention on Energizing Entrepreneurship through Innovation, Nov 2-3, 2007, Pilani, India and coordinated the proof reading of 25 review/research papers for the special issues of Journal of Energy, Heat and Mass Transfer–Dec 1996 and March 1997 issues, viz., FESTSCHRIFT ISSUES in honour of Prof. Y B G VARMA, on his retirement from the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras.

He delivered Expert Lectures/Talk on Environmental Protection: Issues and Perspectives, TEQIP-II Sponsored FDP, Development in Sustainable Energy & Environment Protection, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, BIET, Jhansi, India, March 27-31, 2017; Introduction to the World of Chemical Engineering-Its Scope and Prospects, NTSE Awardees' Nurturing Program, BITS Pilani–Pilani Campus, Pilani, India, Nov 16-20, 2016; Research at BITS, Workshop on Analytical Instruments for Chemical and Environmental Engineers (WAICEE 2013), Pilani, India, March 22-23, 2013; Co-judged a Session in SCHEMCON–2012, Sept 21-22, 2012, Pilani, India and Chaired a Session on Green Chemistry in International Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing: Issues, Trends and Practices (ICSM 2011), Nov 10-12, 2011, Pilani, India.

He has been a Member of Organizing Committee for Workshop on Analytical Instruments for Chemical and Environmental Engineers (WAICEE 2013, 2015, 2017 & 2019), March 22-23, 2013; February 27-28, 2015; 2017; 2019, Pilani, India; Symposium on Sustainable Technology Development in Polymer (SSTDP-2016), Pilani, India; Local Advisory Committee for National Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Feb 19-21, 2010, Pilani, India; Organizing Committee for National Conference on Environmental Conservation (NCEC-06), Sept 1-3, 2006, Pilani, India; Registration Committee for Indian Chemical Engineering Congress (CHEMCON)–2001, Dec 19–22, 2001, Chennai, India and Student Member of Technical Programme Committee for International Conference on Advances in Chemical Engineering, ICAChE – 96, Dec 11–13, 1996, Chennai, India.

He has been an examiner for PhD Thesis at IGCAR Kalpakkam (Feb 2016), Anna University (May 2015) & VNIT Nagpur (May 2014); MTech Project at HBTI Kanpur (Oct 2017 & April 2013); BE Final Year Project at MNIT Jaipur (June 2014) & BTech (Industry) Projects at Banasthali University-Banasthali (Jan 2013 & Jan 2012); and, at BITS Pilani, for PhD Thesis, ME Dissertations, Professional & Research Practice and Research Methodology, BE Theses, Practice School (PS) Project Reports and BE Projects.

At BITS Pilani, he is/has been a member of Senate, Research Board, Doctoral Counseling Committee (DCC), Doctoral Advisory Committee (DAC), Departmental Research Committee (DRC), Intensive Teaching Workshop (ITW), Teaching Learning Centre (TLC), Departmental Committee for Academics (DCA), Departmental Level Shortlisting Committee (DLSC), IIChE-Pilani Regional Centre, Academic Counseling Cell (ACC), (Mentor) ACB, Library Committee (LC), PFAC, Student Faculty Council (SFC), Registration (Advisor), etc.

He is a Life Member of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) and Member of Institution of Engineers (India) [IE]. For more details, please visit:

Extra-Curricular Activities of Mr. Sharma had been: Creative Writing, Debate, Extempore, Elocution | Singing, Dramas | Drawing | Long Races, Karate, Cricket, Table Tennis etc. Arvind is married, blessed with two sons and gifted with brothers, sisters & friends … !