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Rao Kilaparti, Ph.D.
Associate Professor




  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, (1981)
  • M.S. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, (1970)
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Osmania University, (1967)

Research Interests

  • Tribology of Magnetic Media/Head
  • Micro-Assembly
  • Ball Bearings Lubricants
  • Friction and Wear
  • Diamond Like Carbon Coating Applications
  • Locomotive Wheel Rail Interaction
  • Nano Technology Applications.

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Technology, NIU (2006-present)
  • Department Manager, Exabyte Corporation (1999-2004)
  • Research Scientist, 3M/Imation (1987-1999)
  • Senior Engineer, Iomega Corp. (1983-1987)

Professional Associations and Honors

  • Member of ASME
  • Golden Step Award (1989) Product Development at 3M Corp.
  • Six Sigma Green Belt (2004)

Selected Publications

  • Fildes, J.M., Ph.D., Meyers, S.J., ITC, Kilaparti, R., Ph.D, Schlepp, E., Falex Corp., “Improved Ball Crater Micro-Abrasion Test Based on Three Disk Configuration,” Wear, Volumes 274-275, pp. 414-422, January 2012.
  • Otieno, Andrew, Jez, George, Kilaparte, Rao, “Experimental Studies on the Finish Machining of Titanium 6Al-4V with Minimum Quantity of Lubrication using Bio-degradable Oil,” Journal of Mechanical Engineering, Volume 4, pp. 1-10, December 2011.
  • Arendas, Andrew, Majumdar, Pradip, Kilaparti, S. Rao, and Schroeder, David, “Experimental Investigation of the Thermal Characteristics of Li-Ion Battery for Use in Hybrid Locomotives,” Presented at International Conference of Railway Engineering (ICRE), Beijing, China, July 2012.
  • Kilaparti, S.R. and Burton, R.A., “ The Thermoelastic Patch Contact Problem for Large Peclet Number”, Journal of Lubrication Technology, Jan. 1978, Vol. 100.
  • Burton, R.A., Narlikar, V. and Kilaparti, S.R., "Thermoelastic Instability in seal-like Configuration," Wear. May 1973, Vol. 24.
  • Burton, R.A., Kilaparti, S.R. and Narlikar, V.,"A limiting Stationary Configuration with Partially Contacting Surfaces," J Wear, May 1973, Vol. 24.
  • Kilaparti, S.R., Nagib, M., “Combined Helium and Steam Cycle for Nuclear Power Plants,” ASME Trans., Mechanical Engineering, Aug. 1971, Vol. 93.
  • Kilaparti, S.R., “Tape Pack Shift Detection and Re-tensioning Methods and Drive Apparatus Regarding Same,” U. S. Patent No. 5886845, March 23,1999.

Research Projects

  • US Department of Transportation funded over $1M for locomotive rail/wheel interaction at Illinois Institute of Technology. SKF funded $2M for experimental research on Elasto-Hydrodynamic Lubrication in Ball Bearings.

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