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Kunal Mitra, Ph.D.Kunal Mitra, Ph.D.

Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Kunal Mitra, who received his B.S. degree from Jadvpur University in Calcutta, India and Ph.D. from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, is a Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. Dr. Mitra’s research interests include the interaction of short pulse lasers with scattering absorbing media such as tissues, ocean water and clouds. The applications include optical tomography for detection of tumors in tissue for early lung cancer detection as well as landmine detection in shallow waters. His research has led to a patent for on in-office laser-based skin cancer detection and treatment system, which may be used in doctor’s offices or specialty imaging centers. Dr. Mitra also has an interest in various energy systems and applications such as the study of solar collectors and Photovoltaic systems.

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