Sumit Kumar Maurya


Sumit Kumar Maurya

Sumit is a Graduate in Metallurgical Engineering from NIT Raipur (2014) and has a Masters degree in Materials Science & Engineering from IIT Kanpur (2016). He has good hands on experience in different computing tools like Rough Set, Fuzzy Set, and Genetic Algorithm. As a part of his M.Tech dissertation, he has worked on an interdisciplinary project entitled “Computational study on thermal transport properties of solids using molecular dynamic simulation.” where he investigated the effect of temperature and thickness on lattice thermal conductivity of a model solid, with atoms interacting via Lennard-Jones potential. Sumit has uncovered the connection between phonon lifetime and lattice thermal conductivity. He has worked as a Project Engineer on a DST sponsored project for a month in Materials Science & Engineering Department, IIT Kanpur. In July 2016, he joined Sterlite Technologies Ltd. as Associate Manager (R&D) and contributed for almost a year under the umbrella of New Product Development team. In his short tenure at Sterlite, he has done multiple engineering changes and submitted two patents which are being reviewed internally. His insightful fractographic analysis and other contributions developed a reliable and repeatable draw process leading to yield improvement. Having desirable knowledge, experience, skills, and being an avid learner he decided to pursue his core research interest and joined IITB-Monash Research Academy as a research scholar. At present, he is working with Prof Alankar Alankar (IITB) and Prof. Jian-Feng Nie (Monash) on the project entitled “Understanding the mechanical behavior of Al-Ti nanolayered metal composites.” He has a strong research orientation in the field of materials modeling, simulation, physical metallurgy, mechanical metallurgy, robotics, automation, scripting, programming. He is a voracious novel reader and an ardent poet.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0685


Urvashi Bothra


Urvashi Bothra

I completed my B.Tech in Polymer Science & Chemical Technology from Delhi Technological University in 2014. In the same year, I secured All India Rank 1in GATE (XE) examination. Subsequently, I joined IISc, Bangalore to pursue Masters in Materials Engineering. I worked under the supervision of Prof. Praveen C. Ramamurthy on “Fabrication of Organic Solar Cells on Flexible Glasses”. After my master’s, I gained industrial experience of 11 months by working in Process Technology Group of Tata Steel, Jamshedpur. To continue my interest in Solar Cell Technology which was my focus in Master’s too, I am joining IITB-Monash Research Academy on the project “Micro-spectroscopic and Micro-structural investigation of Bulk-heterojunction Organic Solar Cells” under the guidance of Prof. Dinesh Kabra(IITB) and Prof. Christopher McNeil (Monash University). My other interest includes dancing, drawing and working with NGO’s.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0696


David Stephen Lall


David Stephen Lall

David completed his bachelors in Physics honours from St. Stephens College, University of Delhi. Thereafter, he proceeded with his MTech in Geophysical Technology from IIT Roorkee, His dissertation work was on the topic of “2D Modeling and Inversion of Magnetotelluric Data using Immersed Interface Method”. He has also acquired industry exposure in WesternGeco, Schlumberger for 1.5 years. He is currently pursuing the IITB-Monash joint PhD programme on the topic of “Permeability and strength of methane-hydrate bearing reservoir rocks” under the supervision of Dr. V. Vishal (IITB) and Prof. Ranjith PG (Monash). In his free time, one can often find him playing the guitar in his room or wandering about in search for some great photographs.