Dr. Kunal Kupwade-Patil is a Research Scientist in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT, prior to this appointment he was a Research Assistant Professor at Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA. His research focuses on durability evaluation of concrete, alternative cementitious materials and development of nano-engineered cementitious materials. His Ph.D. thesis work focused on the application of nanotechnology and applied electrokinetics for corrosion mitigation in reinforced concrete structures. He has been involved in collaborative research projects with the Corrosion Technology Laboratory at Kennedy Space Research Center, NASA, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). He also served as the project manager for a large-scale multi-disciplinary signature project between MIT and Kuwait. He recently finished a project on engineering retarders in oil-well cements with Saudi Aramco.