Dr. Srinivas is presently a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa campus. He obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from Shivaji University in 1991 and his Doctoral Degree from the University of London in 2004.
Between 1991 and 1993, he worked as Trainee and Production Engineer at Vijay Kumar refractories and Oswal Petrochemicals respectively. Subsequently in 1993, he was selected to be part of 38th Batch of the one year Training school programme at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). On completion of the training programme in 1994, he joined the Chemical Engineering Division at BARC as Scientific Officer and was successfully involved in the installation and commissioning of a 5 TPA Sulphur hexafluoride pilot plant (the first of its kind in India). In January 2000, he joined Queen Mary College, University of London to study for a PhD in the area of condensation heat transfer in the presence of a non-condensing gas with emphasis on fuel cell exhaust condensers proposed to be used in vehicles. His Post-doctoral Research was in the area of thermo-chemical cycles for Hydrogen production. In January 2005, he joined the Chemical Engineering Group (presently Department of Chemical Engineering) at BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa campus as Assistant Professor. Prof. Srinivas was also a Visiting Professor at the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at Lunghwa University of Institute of Science and Technology, Taiwan from May to July 2009.
Prof. Srinivas’ major teaching interests lie in Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Chemical Reaction Engineering and Process Engineering. His main focus of research involves addressing challenges posed in developing practical cost effective, energy efficient and environment friendly systems from a commercialization point of view, thereby attempting to bridge the gap between know-why and know-how. His research in the area of Process intensification has involved projects related to unmixed combustion for CO2 capture and heat transfer applications, process condensate water treatment in ammonia fertilizer plants, coke mitigation in refineries, unmixed reforming and seawater desalination.
Prof. Srinivas has received funds to the tune of around Rs. 7.5 crores ~ 75 million Indian Rupees from major Govt, and industrial funding agencies including DST – SERB, Centre for High Technology, Ministry of Fertilizers, GAIL (India), Bharat Petroleum Corporate R&D, Aditya Birla Group and Thermax Limited. His group has for the first time at national and international level demonstrated the potential of a novel form of combustion called Unmixed Combustion for heat transfer applications. His recent research funded by GAIL (India) has resulted in a patented new process for seawater desalination using cold energy from LNG.
Besides teaching and research, Prof. Srinivas has been associated with BITS Pilani administration assuming diverse responsibilities - Group Leader, Chemical Engg (2005 – 2010), Head of Department (2010 - 2015), Resident Warden, Faculty-in-charge (Student Sporting Activities) and University wide Professor in-Charge of the Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship (CIIE). He has recently assumed responsibility as University wide Dean of the newly created Academic Graduate Studies & Research Division. He is also an Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), United Kingdom and Life Member of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE).
More recently Prof. Srinivas was awarded the J. P. Nagrath Faculty Excellence award from the BITS international alumni association for his contribution to teaching, research and administration.