Professor Milind D. Atrey, a Mechanical Engineering graduate of VNIT Nagpur, obtained his Doctorate from IIT Bombay in 1991. He joined IIT Bombay as Associate Professor in 2005, and became Professor in 2009. He is now Professor in charge of the Refrigeration and Cryogenics Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay. Since 2012, he has become Professor-In-Charge of SINE (Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship), IIT Bombay.
Professor Atrey's experience in the area of Cryogenic Enginering is a unique blend of corporate research, work in government research laboratories and academia. After a brief stint with the Tata Research Design and Development Centre, Pune, after completing his doctorate, he worked with the 3 stage Stirling Cryocooler and 4 K G-M Coolers for his Post-doctoral research at the University of Giessen, Germany. Subsequently, he worked at the Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT, Department of Atomic Energy, Govt of India) for 5 years on a project aimed at the indigenization of a Cryogenic technology. Prof. Atrey returned to corporate research once again, joining the Technical Development group at the Oxford Instruments Superconductivity, Oxford, UK. His body of work included NMR / MRI Cryogenic technology, cold probe technology for NMR and the development of 4 K Pulse Tube Cryocoolers. The cold probe technology developed by his group proved to be path breaking for NMR researchers while the group could demonstrate for the first time in the world, a Helium recondensing technology on NMR superconducting magnet. At IIT Bombay, Prof. Atrey has developed various Pulse Tube Cryocoolers, Mixed Refrigerant Joule Thomson cryocoolers, Thermoacoustic coolers etc., working with DAE, ISRO and DST. His recent research includes cryogenic heat pipe, cold compressors, heat exchangers and cryosurgery.
Professor Atrey was awarded the Fellowship by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE,) UK, in 2008. He is also a recipient of the Dr P K Patwardhan Technology Development award at IIT Bombay in 2010 for his work on Cryocoolers. He was on the Advisory Council of LG Electronics during 2008-2011. He delivered over 40 video lectures on Cryogenic Engineering through NPTEL (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning). He was conferred the IRCC Industrial Impact Award, 2013 for consultancy work titled "Performance Analysis of Miniature Joule Thomson Cryocooler for cooling of Infrared Detector".