Dr. Vijay is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi. Before joining NYUAD, he was a Research Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National University of Singapore (NUS). He was the recipient of President's Graduate Fellowship (PGF), which is awarded to candidates who show exceptional promise or accomplishment in research, for his doctoral study at NUS. He was one of the six students in the whole faculty of Engineering in January 2015 intake to receive this fellowship. His research interests include Additive Manufacturing, 3D bioprinting, and biomaterials for tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, drug testing, and medical devices applications.
Before joining NUS, he was working with Caterpillar Inc, a US-based multi-national company in the Global Purchasing division, responsible for procurement of burn-to-shape parts and fabrication category for India and ASEAN region. He managed a total spend of more than USD 2 million, including a supply base in India and ASEAN, US, and Europe. He was a certified 6Sigma Green Belt from Caterpillar University, Illinois and led several Green Belt projects on cost reduction and localization. He was the first to be a certified E-Auction expert in the ASEAN region and an expert trainer in E-sourcing.
Vijay has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG), Anna University, Chennai, India. During his undergraduate years in CEG, he was selected by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) as a WISE (Working Internships in Science & Engineering) Scholar to carry out summer research internship at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. He also served as Vice-President, Industrial Relations & Quality of Students' Quality Club (SQC), AU-TVS Centre for Quality Management, which is a joint organization of Anna University and TVS group of companies. During his tenure as the VP, he earnestly worked on disseminating the quality principles of lean and 6Sigma to the student community, and inculcated the quality culture among the future industry leaders. He was also part of the organizing committees of various national and international conferences.