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Komal Kooduvalli

Komal Kooduvalli

Research Supervisor I

Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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    Komal Kooduvalli's research focuses on performing Embodied Energy (EE) calculations and Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) for products and processes designed and prototyped at The University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and IACMI, in conjunction with several industry partners. Her expertise in sustainability has brought in new projects related to understanding degradation rates of biobased products and helped transition language and approach from traditional to green manufacturing.     

    One Random Thing about Komal: She can cook up a mean chai!

    Research Interests

    Calculating the Life Cycle Assessment of Recycled Composites

    Degradation of First and Second Generation Bamboo-PLA in Industrial-scale Food and Manure Composting Facility

    Impact of Manufacturing Processes on Composite Degradation in an Industrial Scale Composting Facility

    The LCA of an Injection Molded Ice Scraper

    Effects of degradation on Compostable K-cups in an Industrial Scale Composting Facility


    • Master of Sustainability (MSUS), Chatham University 2016 
    • Bachelor of Science (Bsc. in Environmental Science, Chemistry and Zoology), St. Joseph's College (Autonomous) 2014

    Professional Service

    Aug 2016 - Present: 
    Fibers and Composites Manufacturing Facility & Engineering Annex (FCMF) - University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Research Supervisor I
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Research Associate
    Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation - Energy Impact Analysis Specialist

    Jan 2015-December 2015: Ethos Collaborative -Climate and Energy Analysis Intern

    May 2014-June 2014: Fenfe Metallurgicals -Intern 

    April 2012-May 2012: Selco Solar Light Pvt. Ltd -Intern

    Awards and Recognitions

    Outstanding Technical Paper Award for CAMX 2018 under the Green & Sustainability track


    Peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings:
    Kooduvalli, K., Blue, G., Vaidya, U., Ozcan, S. (2018) Calculating the Embodied Energy of Recycled Composites. CAMX 2018 Proceedings, Dallas.

    Technical Reports:
    - Fox, Joseph R., Bassetti, Steve, Drzal, Lawrence, Stonecash, Jared, & Schell, Philip. Optimized Resins and Sizings for Vinyl Ester/Carbon Fiber Composites. United States. doi:10.2172/1461504. 
    - Brosius, Dale, & Deo, Ravi. Impact of Technology Developments on Cost and Embodied Energy of Advanced Polymer Composite Components. United States. doi:10.2172/1437162.

    Published Manuscripts:
    Kooduvalli, K., Sharma, B., Webb, E., Vaidya, U., & Ozcan, S. (2019). Sustainability Indicators for Biobased Product Manufacturing: A Systematic Review. Journal of Sustainable Development, 12(1), 55-83. doi:10.5539/jsd.v12n1p55

    Certificate in Informal Experiential Education for Sustainability (Chatham University, 2015)

    - 2018 IACMI Composite Sustainability Project
    - Natural Fibers and LCA


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