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Distinguished Professor, Department Chair, College of Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Anil Virkar is Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Utah. He is a cofounder and Vice President of Materials and Systems Research, Inc. (MSRI) (www.msrihome.com), a small company based in Salt Lake City, Utah; a cofounder of Versa Power Systems, (VPS) (www.versa-power.com), a Colorado-based company with operations in Calgary and serves on its board. He also was a founding member of Ceramatec, Inc., a small company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Recently, he along with a few colleagues have formed a new venture named Nano-Oxides, Inc (www.nano-oxides.com). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
He received B.Tech. (Hons.) in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India (1967); M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Louisiana State University (1969); and Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Materials Science (1973).
Dr. Virkar’s research interests include: ceramics, ionic and electronic conductors, fuel cells, batteries, solid state electrochemistry, renewable energy, sensors, transport, thermodynamics of high temperature materials; and fracture of materials.