Forty-Year Journey through the Wonderful World of Particles – Few Reminisces by Prof. V M Puri

Location and Date: 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 4:00 PM, LC 301


Particles are ubiquitous. They are of great importance to both researchers in university and practitioners in industry. Professor Puri has worked in the wonderful world of particles for nearly forty years. He will highlight select contributions and experiences in the areas of flow, segregation, and compaction including the true cubical tester for mechanical property characterization of particulates. In addition, Professor Puri will share the ongoing activities in his lab related to single and two-particle studies and applications in the bioenergy field. Presentation will conclude with his vision of the critical knowledge gaps.


Dr. Virendra M. Puri is a Distinguished Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Penn State University in the U.S. He received his B. Tech from IIT B and M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Delaware all in Mechanical Engineering. He has researched in the field of mechanics particles and particle systems for nearly four decades. He served as the Acting Director for three years of the Particulate Materials Center, and Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. Professor Puri has co-authored numerous publications. He is co-inventor and holder of patents in powder flow, deposition, and compaction and has copyright for a multi-purpose computational software on powder processing. Dr. Puri has served on several Editorial Boards, International Advisory Boards, and as chairperson of bulk solids-related publications and professional activities. Professor Puri is member of KONA
North Americas Editorial Board and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Particulate Science and Technology. He has received several teaching and research  awards.