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Aute, Vikrant C.

Aute, Vikrant C.

Research Professor
Director, Modeling & Optimization Consortium
Co-Director, Center for Environmental Energy Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Center for Environmental Energy Engineering
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
4164G Glenn L. Martin Hall


  • MBA (2021), University of Maryland Global Campus
  • M.S. (2018), Data Analytics, University of Maryland University College
  • Ph.D. (2010), Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland College Park
  • M.S. (2001), Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland College Park
  • B.E. (1997), Mechanical Engineering, University of Pune, India


Vikrant Aute serves as director of the Modeling and Optimization Consortium within the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering. Dr. Aute has twenty years of experience in the development of modeling and optimization algorithms for thermal systems. His current research focuses on approximation assisted multi-objective multidisciplinary optimization and its application to design of thermal systems and the continued development of heat exchanger and vapor compression system simulation tools. His industrial experience includes work at Thermax Ltd.(India), Tata Infotech Ltd. (India) and Daikin Industries Ltd. (Japan). He is an active member of ASHRAE and has served on committees as voting member. He holds multiple professional qualifications including Microsoft Certified Professional and Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator. 


  • ASHRAE, Exceptional Service Award (2023)
  • Best Session Paper, Experimental Methods, ATE-HEFAT Conference (2021)
  • Peter Ritter von Rittinger International Heat Pump Team Award (2021), More Information
  • Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2020)
  • Provost's Excellence in Research Award for PTK Faculty, University of Maryland College Park (2018)
  • ASHRAE, Best Research Journal Paper Award (2018)
  • ASHRAE, Distinguished Service Award (2017)


  • Professional Scrum Master I
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
  • Microsoft Certified Professional



  • Innovation in design, simulation, optimization and life cycle impact assessment of thermal systems and components for HVAC&R applications
  • Multi-disciplinary, shape and topology optimization, Approximation Assisted Optimization & Adaptive DOE
  • Development and application of multi-objective genetic algorithms and non-linear methods to HVAC&R applications
  • Application of machine learning & data visualization to understand & improve HVAC&R system efficiencies


  • 2020-2023, A novel framework for design optimization of PCM-embedded heat exchangers for the built environment, Funding Source: US Dept. of Energy

  • 2001 to present, Modeling and Optimization Tools for HVAC&R applications: CoilDesigner, VapCyc, PHESim; Architect, Product Owner and Lead Developer.


  • 2019-2021, Ultra-Performance Heat Exchanger Enabled by Additive Technology (UPHEAT), Funding Source: GE Global Research, as a part of the ARPAe HITEMMP Project Portfolio

  • 2018-2021, Design and Manufacturing of High-Performance Reduced Charge Heat Exchangers, Funding Source: US Dept. of Energy.


  • 58 Journal articles
  • 146 Conference papers
  • 21 Invited talks/seminars/symposia
  • 23 Inventions, 1 Granted Patent, 5 Commercialized inventions


  • Associate Editor, ASME J. of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications, May 2020 to Apr 2023.
  • Guest Associate Editor for Topical Issue on Optimization, ASHRAE HVAC&R Research Journal, 2010-2012.


  • Applied Thermal Engineering
  • Science & Technology for the Built Environment, formerly ASHRAE HVAC&R Research Journal
  • International Journal of Refrigeration
  • Journal of Building Performance Simulation
  • Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology
  • Journal of Power and Energy, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
  • Heat & Mass Transfer
  • International J. of Thermal Sciences
  • Springer Publishing

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CEEE: Three Decades of Innovation

The UMD-based center marked its 30th anniversary at a gala event on June 9.

CEEE Wins Best Session Paper Award for Experimental Methods at The 15th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics (HEFAT)

The paper is titled "Design Optimization and Experimental Validation of Heat Exchangers Utilizing High Performance, Non-round Tubes.”

UMD receives two new DOE Building Technologies awards

Takeuchi and Aute to lead projects 

Dr. Hwang and Dr. Aute Named New CEEE Co-Directors

They aim to expand CEEE's status as one of the leading Centers for HVAC&R Research in the world

CEEE Researchers Win ASHRAE Best Paper Award

Chosen as best out of 107 papers published in 2017 in Science and Technology for the Built Environment.

Dr. Vikrant Aute Wins Provost’s Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty

Recognized for his outstanding contributions in research.

Aute to Receive ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award

ASHRAE recognizes CEEE Associate Research Scientist Vikrant Aute for his service to the society.

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UMD Invention Has Potential to Cut Energy Costs in Residential and Large Building AC

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Students from universities abroadvisit CEEE to work in labs, gain research and cultural experience.

We printed a 3D heat exchanger and it works great!

Direct-metal printed heat exchanger saves money, time, and materials - and is more efficient!

UMD Startup To Solve Energy Conversion Challenges in Thermal Systems

Optimized Thermal Systems provides engineering consulting for HVAC&R systems.

Saving Energy with ‘Personal HVAC Systems’

UMD awarded more than $5 million by ARPA-E to fund potentially transformational research.

CEEE Team had Strong Showing at Purdue Conferences

CEEE students and faculty (and one alumni) presented a total of 18 presentations.