Position Title
Assistant Professor

3100 Bainer Hall
One Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616

Prof. Ambar Kulkarni is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. His research uses multi-scale molecular modeling methods to design and discover novel materials for applications in catalysis, separations, and sensing. After receiving his B.S. from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai India, he moved to the United States to complete his Ph.D. at Georgia Tech and postdoc at Stanford. His love for science, technology, and teaching originates from the wonderful mentors he had throughout his career. When he is not staring at molecules on the computer, Kulkarni and his wife enjoy traveling to different countries, snowboarding, and playing with their dog.

Education and Degree(s)
  • PhD Chemical Engineering, Georgia Tech, 2014
  • BS Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology (Mumbai), 2009
Honors and Awards
  • 2021 College of Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty for Excellence in Research Award
  • 2021 “Faculty of the Year” AIChE UC Davis Chapter
  • 2021 Best Teaching Award
  • 2021 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2020 UC Davis Graduate Mentor Fellow
  • 2020 Graduate Program Advising and Mentoring Award