Somnath Buriuly


Somnath Buriuly
Somnath completed his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from NIT Durgapur in the year 2013. He joined GAIL (India) Ltd as a senior engineer in the same year. Soon after, he left GAIL and started perusing his passion in Robotics through M.Tech in Control Systems Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. He completed his M.Tech in the year 2016 by submitting a thesis on interval type-2 fuzzy PI/PD controllers. He is currently working on a project titled: “Coordinated inspection of railway tracks using multiple robots” under the supervision of Prof. Leena Vachhani (IIT Bombay), Prof. Arpita Sinha (IIT Bombay), Prof. Sunita Chauhan (Monash University), and Prof. Ravi Ravitharan (Monash University). His interests include automation in robotics, table tennis, etc.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0638

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

Sagar Agnihotri


Sagar Agnihotri
I completed my B-Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Government College of Engineering, Amravati in 2011.After completing my graduation I worked with Thermax Ltd Pune in field of heat recovery units and later took admission in Heat Power Engineering (Thermal) in Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur (VNIT). During M-tech, for completing a project I worked as Intern for 1 year in Thermax ltd Pune R & D Division, where I worked on a project for heat transfer enhancement using CFD tool. The exposure to the industry and academia urged me to take up PhD at IITB-Monash Research Academy. I will be working on ‘A finite-element solver for internal fluid dynamics during particle-laden droplet impact and evaporation on a solid surface’ under guidance of Prof. Rajneesh Bhardwaj (IITB), Prof. Adrian Neild and Prof. Tuncay Alan (MONASH University). Apart from studies I am very much interested in chess and cricket.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0465

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


Shivani Agarwal


Shivani Agarwal
Shivani Agarwal completed her B.Tech. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Engineering College Bikaner affiliated by Rajasthan Technical University in 2011. She has done her M.Tech. in Solid State Technology from Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology in 2015. During Masters she worked on Fabrication and Characterisation of Organic, Inorganic and Hybrid Resistive Random Access Memory Devices under supervision of Dr. K.B. Jinesh. Soon after the completion of M.Tech. program she joined IIT Jodhpur as Senior Research Fellow on the project “Ion Beam Synthesis and Characterisation of Gallium nitride based nanocrystals embedded in Si matrices for New Generation Photodetector and Light Emitter Application ” under Dr. Mahesh Kumar. At IITB- Monash Research Academy she is working on Project- Quantum Dot Spin Qubit in Graphene under guidance of Dr. Sudhasatta Mahapatra (IIT Bombay), Dr Bent Weber (Monash University), Dr Michael S. Fuhrer (Monash University) and Dr. Changxi Zheng (Monash University).
Link to student’s project: IMURA0622

Siddharth Gupta


Siddharth Gupta
Siddharth completed his B.E in Mechanical Engineering from BIT Durg in 2011 and his M.Tech in Engineering mechanics from IIT Delhi in 2013. He numerically investigates the behavior of liquid steel flow inside a tundish under the guidance of Prof. Anupam Dewan (IIT Delhi). He published two papers from this project. After completing Master’s Degree, he joined G D Rungta college of Engineering & Technology & gained an experience of 34 months. He would be working on a project titled: “CFD Study on Hydrodynamics of Fish like Locomotion using Level Set based Immersed Boundary Method” under the supervision of Prof. Atul Sharma (IIT Bombay), Prof. Amit Agrawal (IIT Bombay) & Prof. Kerry Hourigan (Monash University). He enjoys outdoor activities like cricket and travelling.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0413

Subramoni Hariharan


Subramoni Hariharan
Subramoni completed his Masters in Biotechnology from V G Vaze College (Mumbai University) in 2012. He later joined the Animal Biotechnology and Biochemistry department at KET’s Scientific Research Centre (SRC) as a toxicologist, where his primary responsibilities were to assess the safety and efficacy of cosmetics, API’s and therapeutic molecules from plant origin. Over the past 4 years, he has been involved in projects focused on isolation and characterization of bioactive molecules from plants, formulations and their validation through clinical trials. He has also presented his research in various national level seminars and conferences.
After clearing the GATE (AIR 60) and CSIR-LS (AIR 34), he recently joined the IITB-Monash academy as a research scholar, under the supervision of Dr. Amit Arora (IITB) and Dr. Antonio Patti (Monash University). His project revolves around the extraction of high quality protein from plant based sources.
When not in lab, subramoni loves to catch up on his reading and playing cricket, and idly enjoying nature.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0666 (6)

Sukritee Bhaskar


Sukritee Bhaskar
Sukritee Bhaskar did her Msc in Genetics and Bsc in Microbiology from University of Calcutta. She has worked on identifying novel pigmentation genes for 6months before joining Research Academy. Some of her academic achievements are: GATE qualified, NET CSIR-JRF qualified and also qualified for Inspire Fellowship in Master Degree in Genetics 2014.She is also eligible for Dr. J Mandal Award 2014 of University of Calcutta. Sukritee has joined the IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project, “Structural characterization of enzymes for biotechnological application in microbial degradation of water pollutants” under the guidance of Prof. RuchiAnand, Prof. Mattewwilce, prof. SantoshPanjikar.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0449

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

Sangita Kumari


Sangita Kumari
Sangita is B.Tech in Information Technology from Bhilai Institute of Technology, Durg (C.G.). After that She did her M.Tech in Geomatics Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. She is also DAAD scholar under DAAD master sandwich program (2013-14) and continued her Master thesis partially at Institute of Cartography, TU Dresden, Germany. Her research interest is in Glaciology, applications of Remote Sensing and image processing and study of climate models. She has research experience in Remote Sensing based data assimilation in Hydro-meteorological models while working as Junior Research Fellow at Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, ISRO. Apart from this she has nine months’ work experience in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

Link to student’s project: IMURA0351(A)