Department: Ecological Science and Engineering/Civil Engineering
Title: PhD Candidate
Innovation and Innovation Ecosystems
Innovator journeys to understand the nature of innovation
Complex Systems View of Innovation Ecosystems
Innovation Journeys, Innovation Ecosystems, Complex Adaptive Systems,
Patil, Akash, Hjortland, Andrew L., Braun, James E., Horton, W. Travis, and Kurtulus, Orkan. "Development and Evaluation of an Automated Virtual Refrigerant Charge Sensor Training Kit." International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference, 2016.
Patil, Akash, Hjortland, Andrew L., Cheng, Li, Dhillon, Parveen, Braun, James E, and Horton, W. Travis. "Load-based Testing to Characterize the Performance of Variable-Speed Equipment." International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference, 2018.
Cheng, Li, Patil, Akash, Dhillon, Parveen, Braun, James E, and Horton, W. Travis. "Impact of Virtual Building Model and Thermostat Installation on Performance and Dynamics of Variable-Speed Equipment during Load-based Tests." International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference, 2018.
Dhillon, Parveen, Patil, Akash, Cheng, Li, Braun, James E, and Horton, W. Travis. "Performance Evaluation of Heat Pump Systems Based on a Load-based Testing Methodology." International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference, 2018.
Catrini, Pietro, Braun, James E, Piacentino, Antonio, Hjortland, Andrew L., and Patil, Akash. "Thermo-economic Diagnosis of Air Conditioning Systems: Experimental Assessment of Performance and New Developments for Improved Reliability." International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference, 2018.
Akash is a PhD candidate in the Innovation Science Laboratory at Purdue. He is also a part of Ecological Sciences and Engineering, which is an interdisciplinary group at Purdue. Akash did his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Prior to starting his PhD, Akash received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with research focus on HVAC systems at the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories at Purdue University.
Realizing that problems of tomorrow cannot be solved by solutions of yesterday, Akash began his PhD with a research focus on the emerging topic of innovation ecosystems. Bringing together insights from different fields of Semiotics, Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Akash is looking at journeys of multiple innovators to understand “how they built it”. Further, his research takes a Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) perspective to build an understanding of innovation ecosystems.
Akash is deeply interested in all aspects of innovation. As a part of Student Managed Venture Fund at Purdue, Akash worked with a team to evaluate Purdue startups from a Venture Capitalist perspective and provided recommendation to investment board. Combining his background in Mechanical Engineering and research insights from Innovation, Akash is currently leading efforts towards development of innovative affordable off-grid refrigeration solutions for developing countries.