Kunal Kate

Dr. Kunal Kate

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Kunal Kate is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Louisville's J.B. Speed School of Engineering. His focus is on materials science, characterizing, selecting and innovating new materials for improved design and development of new products.

Dr. Kate studies materials selection and the manufacturing process. One area of focus is how to base product design decisions on factors such as material properties, on intended part properties, geometry design, production volume, material and product cost, dimensional tolerances and part quality, which can benefit companies greatly in terms of cost, quality and efficiency.

Dr. Kate has worked with a number of manufacturing processes and companies to perform product development. He has worked with engineers from various manufacturing companies, such as Entek (Ore.), Kinetics (Dynacast, Ore.), EcNow Tech (Ore.), So Delicious Dairy Free (Ore.), and Netshape Inc (Ind.), CM Furnances (N.Y.), Amaray (Ky.), and Moldex3D (Ill.).

Dr. Kate has worked on design-to-manufacturing for powder injection molding of ceramics and developing and commercializing non-GMO based biocompostable polymer composite products for two Oregon, USA based companies: EcnowTech and So-delicious. He has extensive experience with designing, modeling and processing of filled polymers and blends for advanced manufacturing, including 3-D printing. His work has resulted in more than 19 peer reviewed technical papers, several conference papers and a patent.

His current research area is primarily focused on developing 3-D printing material systems of polymer-filled composites and metal alloys and understanding the interrelationships between material composition, process conditions and design geometry for a broad range of consumer applications. 

Dr. Kate earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at Pune University, India, and his master's and doctoral degree in materials science at Oregon State University.