Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University
M.Eng. Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge
B.A. Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge
Akshay is a fourth-year PhD student in the Elimelech Research Group, part of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. His research focuses on modeling water and heat transport in membrane-based desalination processes including reverse osmosis and membrane distillation. Akshay also studies how membrane properties affect the performance of processes at the water-energy nexus.
In Summer 2016, Akshay was awarded the Ashok Kumar Fellowship and spent three months working in the UK Parliament. As a Postgraduate Fellow in the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, Akshay worked with scientific advisers to research and write a short briefing on nuclear security for Members of Parliament.
During his undergraduate studies Akshay was afforded the opportunity to undertake research and development work on three occasions. Having worked for BP during two of his long vacations, Akshay enjoyed the opportunity to apply his theoretical knowledge to real world problems in the energy sector.
Having grown up in the UK, Akshay is thoroughly enjoying his immersion into American culture and enjoys learning about US history.