Rufuss achieved Distinction in Master of Engineering (Energy Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Anna University, Chennai) in 2014. He went on to obtain his Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, India, in 2019. His doctoral thesis was about novel nanocomposite phase changes materials to enhance production of clean water from solar stills. He has participated in several international research initiatives, including two secondments during his doctorate to Aston University, Birmingham with support from the United Kingdom and India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI). In 2017, he received a travel grant from Science Engineering Research Board (SERB), Government of India to visit and disseminate his research work in Berlin, Germany. He also participated in the Young Scientist international conclave at Institute of Ocean Energy Saga University (IOES), Japan, in 2018.
Rufuss was recipient of the Maulana Azad Junior Research Fellowship Award and Maulana Azad Senior Research Fellowship Award from University Grants Commission, Government of India. He has also received several awards (Mahatma Gandhi Merit Scholar Ship Award, Overall Best Outgoing Student Award, and Overall Best Project Award) during his Masters and Ph.D studies.
From 2019, he was Assistant Professor (Senior Grade), at the School of Mechanical Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India, 2019, where he taught Engineering Thermodynamics, Alternative Fuels, Power Plant Engineering, Renewable Energy Sources and Small Hydro Power Systems.