Diwakar Shukla

  • Blue Waters Assistant Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

    Diwakar Shukla is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois. He is also an affiliate faculty in the Center for Biophysics and Computational biology, Computational Science & Engineering Program, Plant Biology and National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

    His research work is focused on understanding the complex biological processes using novel physics-based models and techniques. He started his research career at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, India, where he received B. Tech and M. Tech. degrees in chemical engineering. He then joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering for his work on solution biochemistry. He has received several awards for his research including the Peterson award from ACS, Innovation in Biotechnology award from AAPS, COMSEF Graduate student award from AIChE, Institute Silver Medal and Manudhane Award from IIT Bombay etc. Diwakar holds the title of Blue Waters Professor, an honor that comes with substantial computing and data resources on the Blue Waters Supercomputer.

  • 2015 Present

    Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 2015 Present

    Affiliate faculty, Plant Biology

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 2015 Present

    Affiliate Faculty, Center for Biophysics & Quantitative Biology

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 2015 Present

    Affiliate faculty, National Center for Supercomputing Applications

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 2015 Present

    Affiliate faculty, Computer Science & Engineering Program

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Postdoc 2014

    SIMBIOS Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow

    Chemistry, Stanford University

  • Ph.D. 2011

    Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • M.S. 2009

    M.S. Chemical Engineering Practice

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • M.Tech. 2006

    Master of Technology in Chemical Engineering

    Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

  • B. Tech. 2006

    Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering

    Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

  • 2017
    List of Excellent Teachers (Spring 2017), U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
    Diwakar features in the list of excellent teachers based on student feedback for teaching CHBE 494/578 DS Biofuels Technology (Spring 2017).
  • 2016
    List of Excellent Teachers (Fall & Spring 2016), U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
    Diwakar features in the list of excellent teachers based on student feedback for teaching CHBE 523 Heat and Mass Transfer (Spring 2016) and CHBE 440 Process control & dynamics (Fall 2016).
  • 2015
    Engineering Council Outstanding Advising Award, U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
    Diwakar is one of the recipients of the 2015 Engineering council outstanding advising award. The Graduate and undergraduate students nominate the faculty members for this annual prize.
  • 2015
    Joseph B. Hawkes research award, U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
    Diwakar and our collaborator Prof. Amy Marshall-Colon's (Plant Biology) project on modeling of nitrate transport in Arabidopsis is selected for the Joseph B. Hawkes research award by School of Integrative Biology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 2015
    Collins Scholar, U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Diwakar is selected as one of the Collins Scholars for the year 2015-2016 by the Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 2015
    Blue Waters Professorship, U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Diwakar holds the title of the Blue Waters Professor. This appointment comes with a considerable amount of computing and data resources on Blue Waters Supercomputer at NCSA.
  • 2014
    Biomedical Data Science Initiative Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine
    Diwakar is one of the three Biomedical Data Science Initiative Postdoc Scholars at Stanford University School of Medicine.
  • 2013
    Distinguished Young Scientist Seminar, U. Washington
    Diwakar was one of the few distinguished young scientists who were invited to give a seminar in Department of Chemical engineering at University of Washington, Seattle.
  • 2011-2014
    SIMBIOS Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University
    Diwakar was selected as one of the distinguished postdoctoral fellows to work at NIH center for biomedical computation (SIMBIOS) at Stanford University.
  • 2011
    W. H. Peterson Award, American Chemical Society
    Diwakar was selected as the recipient of the Peterson Award for best student presentations in the Division of Biochemical Technology of American Chemical Society.
  • 2011
    Innovation in Biotechnology Award, AAPS and Genentech
    Diwakar was selected as the 2011 recipient of the Innovation in Biotechnology Award from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists for his graduate research work.
  • 2010
    CoMSEF Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Research Performance, AIChE
    Diwakar was selected as the 2010 recipient of the Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Research Performance from the Computational Molecular Science and Engineering form of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
  • 2010
    Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, MIT
    Diwakar was selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award from Chemical Engineering department at MIT for his work as a Teaching Assistant for the graduate course on Advance Transport Phenomena (10.50).
  • 2006-2007
    Keith and Helen Rumbel Fellowship, MIT
  • 2006
    Chemical Weekly Best Student Paper Award, IIChE
    Diwakar was selected as the recipient of Best student paper award from Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers f0r his Undergraduate research work done at IIT Bombay.
  • 2006
    R. G. Manudhane Award for Best Master’s Thesis, IIT Bombay
    Diwakar was selected as the recipient of Manudhane Award for Best Master’s Thesis f0r his Master's thesis work done at IIT Bombay.
  • 2006
    Institute Silver Medal, IIT Bombay
    Diwakar was selected as the recipient of the Institute Silver Medal from IIT Bombay for being the top student in graduating class.
  • 2004, 2005
    Institute Academic Prize, IIT Bombay
    Diwakar was selected as the recipient of the Institute Academic Prize from IIT Bombay for being the top student in Chemical engineering class.
  • 2000
    Young scientist award, Dept. of Sci. & Tech., U.P., India
    Diwakar was selected as the recipient of the Young scientist award, Dept. of Sci. & Tech., U.P., India for winning Gold Medal in several categories at Millennium Robot Games, Canada, 2000 and for winning Bronze Medal at International Astronomy Olympiad, Russia, 1998.
  • 1998
    Bronze Medal, International Astronomy Olympiad, Russia
    Diwakar was selected as the recipient of the Bronze Medal at International Astronomy Olympiad, Russia, 1998.
  • 2017Spring

    Instructor

    Bioenergy Technology, ChBE 478/594, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 2016Spring

    Instructor

    Heat and Mass Transfer, ChBE 523, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 2015Spring

    Instructor

    Bioenergy Technology, ChBE 478/594, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 2011Fall

    Instructor

    Biocore exploration Program, Stanford University

  • 2009Fall

    Teaching Assistant

    Analysis of Transport Phenomena, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • 2017Fall

    Instructor

    Process Control & Dynamics, ChBE 440, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 2016Fall

    Instructor

    Process Control & Dynamics, ChBE 440, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 2015Fall

    Instructor

    Process Control & Dynamics, ChBE 440, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • 2006Spring

    Teaching Assistant

    Modeling and Simulation, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

  • 2005Fall

    Teaching Assistant

    Chemical Processes, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.