Anil Kumar


Anil Kumar

Anil has completed his Integrated M.Tech in Geophysical Technology from IIT Roorkee from 2008-13. Post that he has completed his M.Tech in Petroleum Geoscience from IIT Bombay from 2013-15. During his graduation he had developed several models in the area of near-surface Geophysics using Surface Wave data. He has had experience handling Petrophysical and Well-log data. He developed an interest in research while working for his two dissertations, where he found; few of the non-exhaustive difficulties like uncertainty, over-determination, noise and non-uniqueness were always inherent in the modelling processes. This led him to look for techniques in data-driven modeling. Hence he decided to work with Dr. K.H. Singh (Main supervisor) and Dr. T.N. Singh (Co-supervisor) from IIT Bombay and Dr. Grace Rumantir (Main supervisor) from Monash University on the topic titled “Gaussian Process Driven Modelling and Prediction in Earth-Type Systems”. He enjoys building statistical models and implement hybrid optimization tools for delineating the cause of the observed data. As the data in Earth-Type Systems is majorly gathered after the cause has already occurred, he shall also try to analyze the data in an inferential framework.
Apart from this he also plays bullet chess.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0626


Soumyajit Mojumder


Soumyajit Mojumder
Soumyajit Mojumder completed his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from West Bengal University of Technology in the year 2014 and M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering (specialization in Maintenance Engineering and Tribology) from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad in the year 2016. His M.Tech thesis work is titled “Experimental study of wear for Implant materials under lubricated sliding conditions”. He has two journal papers to his credit as part of M.Tech thesis work, published in Journal of Material Science and Mechanical Engineering along with two manuscripts currently under advanced stage of revision in Journal of Industrial Lubrication and Tribology and Journal of Engineering Tribology respectively. His interest in the field of Tribology led him to apply for the Joint PhD program at IITB-Monash Research Academy. His doctoral research is broadly classified as “Effect of microstructure on rail/wheel interaction and defects”. He will be working under the guidance of Prof. Aparna Singh (IIT Bombay), Prof. Wenyi Yan (Monash University), Prof. Cong Qiu (Monash University), Prof. Peter Mutton (Monash University) during his Phd.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0648

Shivali Banerjee


Shivali Banerjee

I am Shivali Banerjee, currently a final year student pursuing MSc. Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, since 2014.

My journey with chemistry started from simple high school experiments which were limited to Bunsen burners, pH stripes or a few test tubes. Now that I am about to finish my masters with much more knowledge about the world of chemistry, I still feel the same excitement that I felt back then. The subject has never failed to amaze me, right from my days of high school to even today.
In 2011, I passed class 12th with 94.33 marks and was among the top 1% students of ISC (Indian School Certificate) Board. I received the prestigious INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) Scholarship. To pursue a career in basic sciences, I joined three year BSc. (Hons.) Chemistry programme at Miranda House College of University of Delhi, one of the most prestigious institutions in India for undergraduate studies and research in pure sciences.

In 2012, during my second year in BSc. Hons Chemistry course, I joined my first one year long research project “Computational Modelling of Phytoregulatory Profile of some Nanoparticles (May,2012 to May,2013) under Dr. Sushma Moitra (Principal Investigator). The project was sponsored by the University of Delhi under the Innovation Project Scheme.

I joined Prof. T Pradeep as a summer research fellow (May-July 2013) at DST Unit of Nanoscience, IIT Madras. This summer fellowship was sponsored by the Indian Academy of Sciences. During the internship I worked on synthesis and characterizing of thiol protected palladium nano-clusters. The project gave me more insight into various characterization techniques like Electrospray Ionisation Mass Spectrometry (ESI MS) , Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionisation (MALDI), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC).

I also earned a gold medal at the end of BSc. (Hons.) Chemistry course for securing highest marks in the three years of this course. I am an awardee of the URH (University Rank Holder) Fellowship sponsored by University Grants Commision. I qualified the Joint Admission test for MSc (JAM) and joined Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi for masters in 2014. I have been among the top three students in the MSc Chemistry course at IIT Delhi.

I completed my master’s thesis project under the supervision of Prof. Ashok K Ganguli, Solid State and Nanomaterial Research Lab, IIT Delhi. My research project involves synthesizing a series of nanocatalysts for hydrogen-evolution by water splitting. While working on this project, I learnt to operate powder X-Ray Diffractometer, Thermogravimetric instrument, Infrared Spectrophotometer, Electrochemical set-up of a three-electrode system, etc. I also learnt the analysis of the electrochemical data, such as LSV Curves, Cyclic Voltammograms, Tafel plots, Nyquist plots etc.

I presented a poster on my work at MNIT Jaipur(2015), Rajasthan and another at the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Meeting(2015) held at IISER Mohali, Chandigarh, India.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0453


Rituparn Singh Somvanshi


Rituparn Singh Somvanshi
Rituparn Singh Somvanshi completed his bachelors from Symbiosis Institute of Technology, Pune in 2014. Thereafter, he joined National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh in 2016. His Bachelors thesis was in the area of systems design and analysis of pressure vessels, and masters thesis was based on numerical analysis of cardiac cycle using Immersed Boundary Methods. His PhD work shall continue in the area of numerical analysis of microfluidic flows. Apart from academic work, he has a number of hobbies that he loves to spend time in, such as reading, cycling, and music. His major reading interests are general physics, metaphysics with relation to philosophy. The mind-body problem is one of his favorites.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0624

Sibimol Luke


Sibimol Luke

Sibimol Luke has obtained her B.Tech degree in Electronics and Instrumentation and graduated with First Rank from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). Then she worked in Standard Chartered Scope International as Graduate Engineering Trainee for one year in Chennai. Later she moved on to pursue her M.Tech degree in Optoelectronics and Optical communication from University of Kerala and did her Master’s thesis in ‘Nanostructured Organic Solar Cell’ in Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. Because of her passion to do research in solar cell, she joined IITB – Monash Research Academy for her doctoral studies in the project titled ‘Photoelectrochemical water splitting using monolithic photoanode/high photovoltage perovskite solar cell tandem devices’ under the supervision of Prof. Aswani Yella (IIT Bombay), Prof. Akshat Tanksale (Monash University) and Prof. Xiwang Zhang (Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0642


Sreejata Paul


Sreejata Paul

Sreejata Paul completed her Bachelor’s (in 2012) and Master’s (in 2014) in English Literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She went on to earn an M. Phil. degree in English from Christ University, Bengaluru in 2016. Her M. Phil. dissertation was aimed at examining urban Indian women’s changing relationship with arranged marriage, as portrayed in Indian chick lit. Her research interests include Gender Studies and Queer Studies. She has presented a paper entitled “Gender-Sexuality as Performance in Post-Television Era Kitsch” at the National Queer Conference, 2013. At present she is enrolled in the PhD program at the IITB-Monash Research Academy and is set to work broadly in the area of Gender & Public Sphere under the guidance of Paulomi Chakraborty (IITB) and Mridula Nath Chakraborty (Monash). She is also a foodie, an avid traveller and an amateur singer.


Link to student’s project: HSS0505


Viswanath Sudarshan


Viswanath Sudarshan
Viswanath obtained his B.Tech degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from NIT Surathkal, Karnataka. His bachelor thesis on energy aware routing in Wireless Sensor Networks was supervised by Prof. Dr. Ashvini Chaturvedi. Later, he worked at Philips Innovation Campus, Bangalore in the area of Magnetic Resonance Imaging reconstruction, for a couple of years. He resumed his academics by pursuing Master of Science degree in Biomedical Computing, from TU Munich (TUM), Germany. His thesis titled “Artefact reduction in optoacoustic tomography using multi-modal priors”, was conducted under the supervision Prof. Dr. Daniel Razansky at the Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging, Helmholtz Zentrum, Munich and Prof. Dr. Bjoern Menze (TUM). At the IITB-Monash academy his PhD research topic is “Attenuation correction in simultaneous MR-PET” under Prof. Dr. Suyash Awate (IITB) and Dr. Zhaolin Chen, Prof. Dr. Jon Shah and Prof. Dr. Gary Egan (Monash University).
Link to student’s project: IMURA0627

Shihabuddin Khan


Shihabuddin Khan
Shihab completed his B.E. in Civil Engineering from Rajiv Gandhi Technological University at Bhopal. He graduated with honours in 2012. After securing 99 percentile in G.A.T.E. 2013, he pursued M.Tech. in Engineering Structures from N.I.T. Warangal. He graduated with honours and was awarded Erasmus Mundus Heritage scholarship for the year 2014-15 to Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France. As a part of his Master’s thesis, he developed a stochastic algorithm for E.G.I.S. Industries Paris, which simulated the transverse cracking phenomenon in Reinforced Concrete members, under the guidance of Prof Panagiotis Kotronis. He has been enrolled in the Academy for the project titled “Management of Corroded RC infrastructure using monitored data”, under the supervision of Prof Siddhardha Ghosh (IIT Bombay) and Prof Colin Caprani (Monash University). His research interests lie primarily in building more efficient and smart models that learn and incorporate uncertainties for structural management, analysis, design and degradation.

Prashant Patil


Prashant Patil

Prashant completed his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from University of Mumbai and M. Tech in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Control Systems. Prior to joining the academy, Prashant was working as a Research Engineer at IIT Bombay. Prashant had the opportunity of working with Prof. Sachin C. Patwardhan (IIT Bombay) for his master’s project in Adaptive Control domain. His areas of interest include Adaptive Control, System Identification and Modelling, Model Predictive Control, Embedded Control and Motion Planning. Prashant would be associated with the Systems and Control department at IIT Bombay and would be working on a topic related to ‘Coordinated inspection of railway tracks using multiple robots’ .


Link to student’s project: IMURA0438


Mohammad Imran


Mohammad Imran

Mohammad Imran completed his B. Tech in Chemical Engineering from Aligarh Muslim University in 2014. Soon after, he joined the M. Tech program in Chemical Engineering at IIT Guwahati. In his M.Tech project he investigated “Stokesian Dynamics simulation of Shear Thickening and Shear Thinning Fluid”. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) being his prime research area, he will be working on “Microfluidic mixing by collective motion of active particles” at IITB Monash Research Academy under the supervision of Prof. Raghunath Chelakkot (IITB) and Prof. Mandar Inamdar (IITB) and Prof. Prabhakar Ranganathan (Monash University). Imran is a nature lover being keen at photography, enjoys solo travelling, blogging and is a dieheart foodie.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0624