Dr. Vivek Utgikar is a professor of chemical engineering in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering and is the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education for the College of Engineering of the University of Idaho. He has also served as the director of the nuclear engineering program of the University of Idaho. Dr. Utgikar’s teaching portfolio includes a broad range of chemical and nuclear engineering courses such as transport phenomena, kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemical engineering, hydrogen, and spent nuclear fuel disposition/management. His research interests include energy systems, nuclear fuel cycle processes, modeling of multiphase systems, and bioremediation. He was a National Research Council Associate at the National Risk Management Research Laboratory of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Cincinnati, Ohio, prior to joining the University of Idaho. Dr. Utgikar is a registered professional engineer with process development, design and engineering experience in chemical industry, and holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati. His other degrees include bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the Mumbai University, India.