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Research Interests: Foam Separation, Mass Transfer, alternate fuel, and liquid crystal rheology


Academics had been my main interest. I got a comprehensive development as an academic in a very well reputed lab of Prof. R Kumar and Prof. K S Gandhi. Chemical Engineering is a discipline which merges Applied Sciences to Engineering aspects for betterment of standard of living of human being. Biodegraadable surfactants like proteins was center of research interest in early turn of the century. While researching on the effectiveness of foam separation of Protein we started with an assumption that the process will be a mass transfer rate controlled due to the large size of protein molecules. But to our complete surprise we found that the process was adsorption rate controlled and that being the most important part of my research work which till date receives great appreciation from researcher across the globe. After completion my PhD at IISc in 2001, I had done an industrially motivated work on Liquid Crystal Rheology for almost one year before joining B M S College of Engineering, Bengaluru in 2001. My journey as a teacher had been fantastic. The association of the bright students, wonderful academic environment of the great institute helped me to complete a decade as head of the department. The Chemical Engineering UG program got accreditation in Tier-I format from NBA, India in 2013-14 while I was the sitting HOD. Today we take pride as our teaching learning is Outcomes Based Education. Under the TEQIP-II support a Post-Graduation Program in Biochemical Engineering is started in 2012-14. The department is VTU recognized research center and 2 graduates received their PhD degree from the same research center under my guidance.


  • Post Doc - Liquid Crystal
    Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore-12
    Passed Year: 2001 | Program Type: FullTime
  • PhD - Chemical Engineering
    Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore-12
    Passed Year: 2000 | Program Type: FullTime
  • M.Sc(Engg) - Chemical Engineering
    Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore-12
    Passed Year: 1994 | Program Type: FullTime
  • B.Tech - Chemical Engineering
    Calcutta University
    Passed Year: 1991 | Program Type: FullTime

Selected Publications

  • Journal | Published On : 31-12-2018
    Samita Maitra and Keertiga Gopalram
    Practice of Self-study for Outcome Based Education: A Case Study
  • Journal | Published On : 31-12-2018
    Samita Maitra and Julie Basu Ray
    Collaborative Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning Across Borders, Using Mobile Technologies and Smart Devices
  • Journal | Published On : 10-07-2017
    Samita Maitra and Sreelakshmi Diddi
    Studies on the ability of aqueous extract of Sapindus Mukorossi to solubilize polyaromatic hydrocarbons and complex hydrocarbon mixtures
  • Journal | Published On : 21-09-2016
    Samita Maitra and Usha H S
    Synthesis Characterization and Application of Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids: Biodegradable Surfactants Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology DOI: 10.1080/01932691.2015.1025137 Volume 37, Issue 1, 2016 pages 41-47
  • Conference | Published On : 18-08-2015
    Samita Maitra and Shivakumar R
    Method for estimation of Attainment of Program outcome through Course outcome for Outcome based Education

Additional Responsibilities

  • June 2007 to December 2016 Head of the Department
  • B M S College of Engineering Women Cell Chairperson from 2008
  • B M S College of Engineering BOG invited member 2016 till date
  • National Board of Accreditation, India Evaluator and subject expert

Other Information

National Level Best Teacher in Chemical Engineering award given by Vijayavani the leading daily in Karnataka, 2015
As head of the department in Chemical Engineering received 5 Years Accreditation from National Board of Accreditation in Tier-1 format in 2014
Started Post Graduation course in Biochemical Engineering at Chemical Engineering, BMSCE on 2013-14.
General Merit Senior Research scholar at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore from 1004-2000.

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