Megha Pratap Varma


Education
    University of Southern California
    August, 2014 - May, 2016
    degree
    Master's
    major
    Chemical Engineering
    minor
    Materials Science
    coursework
    Viscous Flow
    Mathematical Modeling and Analysis
    Polymer Science
    Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineers
    Mass Transfer
    Fatigue and Fracture
    Materials Selection
    Solid State Processing and Integrated Circuit Laboratory
    Heat Transfer
    Composites Manufacturing
    Amrita University
Work Experience
    Unilever Research Centre
    Research Executive
    December, 2011 - July, 2014
    company
    Unilever Research Centre
    title
    Research Executive
    overview
    • Founded in-house soiling and product evaluation protocols for quantitative evaluation of product performance, enabling a key technique utilized for surface cleaning product appraisal across other research labs • Instituted and commissioned new research equipment for evaluating the surface cleaning formulation efficacy that could differentiate as low as 5% performance difference • Developed a low cost hand dish wash product with 30% increased performance than marketed product by incorporating leads from mechanical abrasion, chemical degreasing and surfactant systems, which is currently undergoing pre-launch market tests. This technology received Unilever’s ‘Breakthrough Insight - 2012’ award • Acquired knowledge and hands-on experience in operating various process equipment and analytical techniques for product development, material characterization and final product quality checks • Mentored and trained teammates on the product development, processing and evaluation aspects of hand dish wash and hard surface cleaning compositions • Designed a cleaning composition delivering enhanced surface care based on research carried out on the chemistry behind soilsurface interaction and on the damage profile on various substrates by different abrasives
    Amrita University
    Undergraduate Research Assistant
    January, 2010 - July, 2010
Skills
Languages
EnglishHindiMalayalam
Technical skills
cmatlab
Skills
abrasion testeranalytical techniquesAspen Plusexpasy toolsfourier transform infrared spectrometergloss meterhigh shear mixerMinitaboptical microscopeoverhead stirrerparticle size analyzerpelletizerprocessing equipmentsigma mixerSoftware
Leadership
    USC Society of Petroleum Engineers
    USC American Institute of Chemical Engineers