R. Vijayakumar, Ph.D.
R. Vijayakumar is the founder and head of AERFIL, a consulting company devoted to providing technical and business solutions and services for the filtration and contamination control industry as well as educational and training support for the industry. His current clients include major filtration companies in China, Brazil and India. With over 30 years’ experience in leading filtration and particle test instrument companies to go with his Ph.D. in particle technology; Vijayakumar is a globally recognized expert and mentor in contamination control and filtration sought after by clients worldwide. He is an advisor to NASA for air filtration systems for space habitat. In keeping with his philosophy that knowledge grows only by sharing, he teaches freely and often wherever someone wants to learn the subject. He has been on the faculty of the short course on air and gas filtration at the University of Minnesota since its inception and is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Chinese Academy of Building Research. He has taught courses in cleanroom designs for ASHRAE, and is a Distinguished Lecturer for them lecturing around the world on various aspects of filtration and cleanroom designs. He has served as the President of the IEST, the premiere contamination control organization in the US. Currently, he chairs standards development committees at the ISO and in the US writing standards for high efficiency filters used in cleanrooms, hospitals, and indoor environments.