Dr. Dilip K. Banerjee is a research engineer in the Mechanical Performance Group of the Materials Science and Engineering Division (MSED) of the Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He received his Ph.D. from The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL in Materials Engineering (an interdisciplinary program among Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering Mechanics Departments). His Ph.D. dissertation included the development of a 3-dimensional finite element computational software (ALCAST-3D) for modeling heat transfer and microstructure evolution in castings. He received his MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Banerjee worked as a senior scientist in UES, Inc. (headquartered in Dayton, Ohio) for nine years following his Ph.D. He was one of the developers of the highly successful, commercial finite element software, ProCAST, used for modeling fluid flow, heat transfer, microstructure formation, and stress distribution in castings. In 2000, he joined the General Electric Company as a leader of the software quality group in its Information Systems Division.
Dr. Banerjee joined NIST in December 2002 as a program manager in the Advanced Technology Program (ATP). He served as a co-chair of the ATP's proposal selection board in 2004. He later served as a Senior Program Manager in the Standards Services Division at the Technology Services Laboratory in NIST. He joined the Structures Group in the Engineering Laboratory at NIST in 2007 where his research work involved studying the effects of fire in structures. He worked closely with the Scientific Applications and Visualization Group at NIST’s Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) to develop a 3-D visualization capability to display the real time thermal and structural behavior of structural components exposed to fire. He also worked in the technical team to investigate the failure of the World Trade Center Building 7. He contributed to the development of NIST’s "Best Practice Guidelines for Structural Fire Resistance Design of Concrete and Steel Buildings" document.
His current research efforts are focused on developing accurate computational models in support of the NIST Center of Automotive Lightweighting (NCAL) to develop the measurement methodology and analysis necessary for the U.S. automotive industry to transition to advanced lightweighing materials and adopt these emerging materials as sheet metal components. Dr. Banerjee has an extensive background in numerical modeling and finite element simulation. He has also done extensive research on modeling the thermophysical properties of materials based on the thermodynamics of alloy systems. His other interests include developing engineering software and computational algorithms and conducting statistical analyses.
Dr. Banerjee served effectively on the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers)’s Fire Protection Committee during 2013-2019. Dr. Banerjee authored about 55 scientific publications and is an American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Software Quality Engineer. He is also General Electric Company certified "Six Sigma Green Belt."
2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar (Research) Award
2004-2005 Science and Technology Fellow, U.S. Department of Commerce
"Outstanding Services Award", NIST/ATP, 2005
"Outstanding Achievement Award", General Electric Company, 2002
"The John Deere Outstanding Graduate Student Award", The University of Alabama, 1991