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Sunil S. Kulkarni


Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Engineering Management, Systems, and Technology


Email: Sunil Kulkarni
Phone: 937-269-1116
Kettering Laboratories Room 321


Sunil received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the North Carolina State University, an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Dayton and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He additionally earned a Certified Financial Analyst designation. Sunil held various positions at Emerson Electric and gained over 20 years of global experience spanning R&D, product development, project management, strategic marketing, and business development. He also worked at Merrill Lynch where he developed investment portfolios for personal investors.

Sunil, over the past ten years, has taught various engineering, finance, management, and entrepreneurship and innovation courses at the University of Dayton and Wright State University.

Selected Publications

  • Scroll compressor: Thrust bearing design with rigid body dynamics of the runner plate. International Compressor Conference, Purdue University.
  • Scroll compressor: Thrust bearing design under laminar conditions. International Compressor Conference, Purdue University.
  • The refrigeration scroll compressor and its application. The Institute of Refrigeration, England.

Selected Patents

  • Scroll machine with overheating protection, Patents: U.S. 5141407 A, U.S. 5527158 A and U.S. 5,707,210
  • Scroll machine with muffler assembly, Patent: U.S. 5667371 A
  • Compressor assembly with liquid sensor: Patent U.S. 20150064040 A1
  • Scroll compressor including Oldham coupling having keys that are slidingly received in slots of a non-orbiting scroll and/or an orbiting scroll, Patent: U.S. 9638036


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Dayton
  • MBA, University of Chicago

Courses Taught

  • ENM 500 Probability & Statistics for Engineers
  • ENM 515 Supply Chain Management
  • ENM 530 Engineering Economy
  • ENM 539 System Engineering/Project Management
  • ENM 582 Engineering Organizational Development
  • ENM 585 Engineering Organizational Systems
  • MCT 220 Statics & Dynamics
  • MCT 221 Strength of Materials
  • MCT 231 Fluid Mechanics
  • MCT 342 Thermodynamics
  • ECT  490 Senior Capstone Project
  • SET 153L Tech Computation (Visual Basic)
  • MFG 204 Materials & Processes
  • IET 420 Industrial & Environmental Safety 

Licenses, Certifications and Credentials

CFA, Certified Financial Analyst