Dr. Vikram Vishal

Dr. Vikram Vishal is the first graduate from the IITB-Monash Research Academy, who worked on carbon sequestration in Indian coal seams under the supervision of Prof. T. N. Singh (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Ranjith P. G. (Monash Univ). He worked on both numerical and experimental aspects of this study, the focus being on geomechanical and petrophysical aspects of carbon storage in coal using novel techniques. He received the National Young Scientist Award at 98th Indian Science Congress, the National Geoscience Award – Young Researcher by the Govt. of India and the IIT Bombay Excellence in Ph.D. Award. He bagged four consecutive Academy Oskars during his three year candidature, including the Oskar for Best Ph.D. thesis. Dr. Vishal served IIT Roorkee as DST-Inspire Faculty and went on to pursue post-doctoral research as a Fulbright Nehru Fellow to Stanford University, USA.
Dr. Vishal has joined his alma mater, he is working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at IIT Bombay and supervises students at the IITB Monash Research Academy.

Title of PhD Thesis: An investigation on carbon dioxide sequestration in Indian coal seams

Dr. Gunjan Gupta

Gunjan Gupta completed her M.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Her strength lies in the area of planning, coordinating and organizing. She is proud of her positive attitude, passion and determination for work. Her hobbies are traveling, chatting and doing adventurous things. She has finished doing her Ph.D. on the topic “Conducting Polymer Corrosion Resistance Coating for Aircraft Applications” under the supervision of Prof. A.S. Khanna (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Nick Birbilis (Monash University).

Monash University Supervisor: Dr. Nick Birbillis

IITB Supervisor: Prof. A.S. Khanna

Title of Thesis: Development of Corrosion Resistance Conducting Polymer Coatings

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Dr. Siddharth Gadkari

Dr. Siddharth Gadkari completed his PhD from the IITB-Monash Research Academy in 2013. In his thesis titled ” Viscous liquid jets and filaments in electric fields ” Siddharth has worked on several problems studying the various instabilities that are developed on Newtonian & Polymer jets and filaments when subjected to electric fields. He was supervised by Dr. Prabhakar Ranganathan & Dr Ravi Prakash Jagadeeshan from Monash University and Dr. P Sunthar & Dr. Rochish Thaokar from IIT Bombay. Siddharth is currently working at COMSOL-India as Technical Engineer.
My experience in the Academy has been brilliant and far exceeded my expectations. I owe a huge thanks to Prof. Tam Sridhar and Prof. Mohan Krishnamoorthy, whose vision to make a world class research institute gave birth to the IITB-Monash Research Academy. It was only because of this unique program that I got the opportunity to work with some of the best researchers of India and Australia. I feel proud of the fact that I was one of the four students who graduated from the Academy in its first convocation in 2013. I will forever attribute my professional success to The Academy.

Monash University Supervisors: Ravi Prakash Jagadeeshan and Prabhakar Ranganathan

IITB Supervisors: Rochish Thaokar and P Sunthar

Title of Thesis: Viscous jets and filaments in electric fields: stability analysis and role of viscoelasticity

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Dr.Shamsuddin N. Ladha

Dr. Shamsuddin received his Ph.D. in July 2013. His Ph.D. thesis considers how images can be modified for projection onto casual surfaces to enhance user experiences, correcting for geometric distortions, defocus blur, global illumination artifacts, and obstruction avoidance. Such techniques along with natural interaction, are particularly useful when projectors are used within virtual environments. He is currently working as a Senior Research Associate at Infosys Labs. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program at IITB-Monash Research Academy, he did MS in Computer Science from Loyola University of Chicago, US (2002). He then worked in the capacity of Software Engineer for about 4 years. He is interested in inter-disciplinary research in Computer Vision, Image Processing and Machine Learning.

Monash University Supervisor: Professor Kate Smith-Miles

IITB Supervisor: Professor Sharat Chandran

Title of Thesis: Visually Appealing and Intelligent Projection with Natural Interaction

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Dr. Nilesh Raykar

Dr. Nilesh Raykar completed his M.Tech in ‘Design Engineering’ from IIT Bombay securing first rank in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He worked for 19 years in the Heavy Engineering Division of M/S Larsen & Toubro Limited, Powai Works, in the field of design and special analysis of critical high pressure process equipment.
Nilesh recollects, “The Academy provided a great and enriched learning experience to me. My stay at IITB and Monash University was very fulfilling for my academic as well as personal growth. I appreciate the warm support offered by office of The Academy during my tenure”.
He is currently working as Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering Department at Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Mumbai.

Monash University Supervisor: Professor Raman Singh

IITB Supervisor: Professor S K MaityTitle of Thesis: Modelling of hydrogen assisted stress corrosion cracking
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Dr. Naresh Nalajala

Dr. Naresh Nalajala completed his masters in science with specialization Physics from Andhra University college, Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh and another masters in technology with specialization Materials Science from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Tiruchirapalli, Tamilanadu. Soon after he joined The academy to pursue his doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Manoj Neergat, Department of Energy Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay and Prof. Bradley Ladewig, Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University. His thesis work entitled “Synthesis of shape-controlled palladium nanoparticles and their platinum-coated counterparts – the importance of the exposed facets and surfactant removal on the electrochemical characteristics” deal with facet engineering of nanocrystals for energy-conversion applications. Currently, he is working with Dr. C. S. Gopinath, senior principle scientist, catalysis division, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory Pune, Maharastra as a postdoctoral fellow with the aim at the design of novel nanoarchitectures for ambient temperature CO oxidation reaction.
Besides, Dr. Naresh is interested about in enhance the green with his mission platform “One student one tree – a green revolution”. He is passion about learn and practice zero-budget agriculture farming (inspired by Padmashri Dr. Subhas Palekhar, A natural agriculture farming scientist) at his agriculture land with the aim of providing pesticide-free agriculture products (rice, vegetables etc.) for the society.
Dr. Naresh is always sincerely thankful to the academy for providing an ideal platform to pursue his research interests and that paves him to accomplish his research objectives in the field of nanoscience and technology with the support from his supervisors.

Dr. Naveen S

Dr. Naveen Nair worked for his doctoral dissertation with Dr. Ganesh Ramakrishnan (IIT Bombay) and Dr. Shonali Krishnaswamy (Monash University), and successfully completed and defended his PhD (Computer Science and Engineering) in the broad area of Machine Learning. His thesis titled “Learning Discriminative Relational Features for Sequence Labeling” looks into automatically constructing powerful features to improve sequence labeling. Activity recognition, Natural language processing, etc. are the typical application areas of his project. At present, Naveen Nair is working at the Amazon Development Centre, Bangalore, as a Machine Learning Analyst.
Naveen says, “I feel proud that I was amongst the first batch of students of this exclusive dual-badged PhD programme. I really enjoyed the time I spent during my PhD. It was a great learning experience coupled with wholesome entertainment and unadulterated fun. I am blessed to have gained such capable and worthy mentors and good friends during my tenure at the Academy.”

Monash University Supervisor: Dr. Shonali Krishnaswamy (Senior Lecturer)

IIT-B Supervisor: Dr. Ganesh Ramakrishnan (Assistant Professor)

Title of Thesis: Learning Discriminative Relational Features for Sequence Labeling

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Dr. Bharat S. Padekar

Dr. Bharat has an M.Tech in Mechanical Design Engineering with distinction from College of Engineering, Pune. His research at The Academy involves elucidating the mechanism of stress corrosion cracking of Magnesium Alloys under the guidance of Dr V.S. Raja and Dr Raman Singh. Bharat has an experience of 11 years in the Auto Industry & 14 years in Engg. College with a conference paper to his name.

Title of Thesis: Stress Corrosion Cracking Behavior of EV31A and Mg-Mn Magnesium AlloysLink to student’s

Dr. Kunal Kumar Singh

Dr. Kunal Kumar Singh did his M.Sc in Geology in 2004 from University of Delhi. After working for two years as a Cartographic Editor (2004-06) in Dorling Kindersley (India) Ltd., at Delhi, he then went on to do M.Tech (2006-08) in Engineering Geology from Indian School of Mines University, Dhanbad. He has been working at The Academy with Prof. D.N. Singh and Dr. Ranjith PG.

Title of Thesis: Investigations on Permeability of Fractured, Steep and Deep Rock Slopes with High Groundwater Pressures
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Dr. Niraj Ramesh Dayama

Dr. Niraj presents a blend of diverse academic backgrounds – a degree in Mechanical Engineering followed by Masters in Computational Engineering from the IIT. Niraj has eight years of consulting experience with major multinational companies of India and is a visiting faculty for colleges in Pune University. His interests include algorithms, database design and corporate soft skills.

Title of Thesis: New approaches and algorithms to solve generalized crane scheduling problems at cargo terminals
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Dr. Ruchi Grover Wankhede

Dr. Ruchi Grover Wankhede post graduated from Delhi University with organic chemistry as her major. Also did M. Phil in chemistry from Delhi University only. She has a working experience in the field of Protective Coatings as Officer Technology (R&D), Asian Paints Pvt. Ltd. In IITB-Monash Research Academy she will be working on her PhD in “Development of hydrophobic/ hydrophilic coatings through sol gel process, using fatty acid modified nano particles” under the supervision of Prof. A.S. Khanna (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Nick Birbillis (Monash University).

Title of Thesis: Development of Hydrophobic Inorganic-organic hybrid Sol-gel Coatings on Aluminium using Nano-particles
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Dr. Rimi Chakrabarti

Dr. Rimi has a mix of diverse academic backgrounds – she is an undergraduate in Zoology (Calcutta University) and has completed a graduate degree in Biotechnology (Bangalore University). She worked as a trainee in a blood bank and as a microbiologist in a biotech firm before joining The Academy. Together with Prof. Ross L. Coppel, Prof. Brian M. Cooke, Dr. Swati Patankar and Prof Dulal Panda, she is working on a project that looks deep into the arrangement of Apicomplexan tubulin with a broad objective of developing novel, efficient chemotherapeutic agents. Besides being an avid reader, Rimi is a novice painter – her medium being glass.

Title of Thesis: Functional properties and arrangement of apicomplexan tubulin and the action of anti-tubulin compounds as chemotherapeutic agents

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Dr. Balamurali A R

Dr. Balamurali A R completed his B.Tech in Information Technology from the National Institute of Technology, Allahabad. Soon after graduating, he joined one of the top software companies in India based at Chennai as a developer. Over the next 3 year period, he worked on various technologies and has been part of many successful project endeavours. He joined The IITB-Monash Research Academy to solve frontline problems faced in computer science. His guides are Dr. Pushpak Bhattacharyya and Dr. Ingrid Zuckerman. He is interested in researching all aspects of Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval. His hobbies include photography and blogging.

Title of Thesis: Sentiment Analysis under Resource ConstraintsLink to student’s project:

Dr. Ramkumar Rajendran

Dr. Ramkumar holds a Bachelor Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering (University of Madras) and an M.E in Communication Systems (Anna University) with distinction. After gaining two years of experience as a Software Engineer in Tata Consultancy Services, he joined The Academy to undertake a PhD. He was associated with the project “Intelligent Tutoring Systems” under the guidance of Prof Sridhar Iyer, Prof. Sahana Murthy from IIT Bombay and Prof Campbell Wilson, Prof Judy Sheard from Monash University. After Completion of PhD from The Academy, Ramkumar joined NEC Central Research Laboratory in Japan and worked as researcher and Assistant Manager for two years. He is currently working as Postdoc research scholar at Teachable Agents Group in Vanderbilt University, USA.
His research experience includes learning analytics, open-ended learning environments, learner modeling, intelligent tutoring system, affective state recognition, automated reasoning, deep learning and natural language processing.

Title of Thesis: Enriching the Student Model in an Intelligent Tutoring System
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Dr. Chittibabu G

Dr. Chittibabu completed his M.Tech in Biotechnology & Biochemical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. His research topic is “Production of Recombinant Proteins in Bacillus Subtilis”. He is working under the guidance of Prof. S.B.Noronha (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Ross Coppel (Monash University).

Monash University supervisor: Ross Coppel

IITB supervisor: Santosh Noronha

Title of Thesis: Recombinant Production, Characterization and Immunogenicity of Malaria Vaccine Candidates Expressed in Bacillus Subtilis

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Dr. Amrita Vishwanath Poyekar

Dr. Amrita completed her B. Tech in Polymer Engineering and Technology with a distinction (73.8%). A motivated social activist, she has worked as a core member of CRY volunteer action group. Her specialization is in Polymer Engineering and Technology. Her hobbies include dance and web design. She will be working under the guidance of Dr. A.R. Bhattacharya (IIT Bombay) and Dr George P. Simon (Monash University) in The Academy. Before joining IITB-Monash Research Academy, she worked as a Research Assistant at IIT Bombay for six months on the research project “Carbon Nanotubes based Polymer Composites”. Work at The Academy will include the study of issues related to Dispersion and Confinement of Multiwall Nanotubes in Immiscible Polymer Blends.

Monash University supervisor: George Simon

IITB supervisor: Ajay S Panwar & Arup Bhattacharyya

Title of Thesis: Dispersion and Confinement of Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes in Immiscible Polymer Blends

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Dr. Deval Bhamare

Dr.Deval Bhamare completed his BE from VJTI, Mumbai University and MS from University of Southern California in Computer Science. He has four years of industry experience. Deval is doing his specialization in Carrier Ethernet and Optical Networks under the guidance of Dr. Ashwin Gumaste at IIT Bombay and Dr. Mohan Krishnamoorthy at Monash University. He is also working as a Research Associate with Dr.Ashwin Gumaste.

Monash University supervisor: Mohan Krishnamoorthy

IITB supervisor: Ashwin Gumaste

Title of Thesis: Contributions to Solving Backbone VLAN Identifier (BVID) Problem and Optimizing Control-Plane Traffic in Service Provider Transport Networks

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Dr. Anu Thomas

Dr. Anu Thomas did his M.Tech in Industrial Mathematics & Scientific Computing at IIT Madras, immediately after the completion of M.Sc (Mathematics) from Mahathma Gandhi University, Kottayam. He worked as a Senior Engineer for two years in Emmeskay Systems Solutions Pvt. Ltd, Chennai. His achievements include DAAD-Indian Master Sandwich Scholarship- 2006, Prof. Helmut Neunzert Endowment Prize, IIT Merit Prize, and third rank in GATE (Mathematics) 2005, CSIR-UGC JRF (2004), NBHM M. Sc. Scholarship (2003-05). He is currently working on “Integrated approaches to normally-sequential enterprise-wide optimisation problems” under the guidance of Prof. Jayendran Venkateswaran, Prof. Narayan Rangaraj (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Mohan Krishnamoorthy (Monash University).

Title of Thesis: Approaches to Supply Chain Coordination: Decomposed and Decentralised Decision Making ModelsLink to student’s project:

Dr. Priyanka Gupta

Dr. Priyanka has completed her B.Tech in Biotechnology from West Bengal University of Technology. Soon after, she joined the PhD program at The IITB- Monash Research Academy to work on “Optimization and Designing of Bioreactors for Stem Cell applications” under Prof. Paul Verma and Prof. Kerry Hourigan from Monash University and Prof. Jayesh Bellare and Prof. Jadhav from IIT Bombay. Apart from tinkering with cells and test tubes, she is interested in books, music and dance.

Title of Thesis: Parameter optimisation for expansion of pluripotent stem cellsLink to student’s project:

Dr. Akash Nigam

Dr. Akash has done his B.Tech in Information and Communication Technology from DA-IICT, Gandhinagar in 2008. He did his B. Tech project at IIT Delhi and worked as Research Fellow at IIT Bombay before joining the Academy for PhD in Dec 2009. He will be working at the Academy with Prof Ramgopal Rao (IIT Bombay) and Prof Malin Premaratne (Monash University) for studying the “Transport in Novel Semiconductor Devices”. His work includes both the analytical modeling and the experimentation in field of flexible electronics. Besides this, Akash has great interest in field games and he loves to read and blog.

Title of Thesis: Understanding and Optimization of Electrical Characteristics of Organic DevicesLink to student’s project:

Dr. Srinivas Reddy

Dr. Sreenivas has done his M.Sc.(Tech) Engineering Physics (2006-2009) with specialization in Photonics from National Institute of Technology, Warangal. After that he worked in the Central Scientific Instruments Organization (CSIR Lab), Chandigarh on Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors. Due to the work in the research laboratory under the guidance of senior scientists in the laboratory he got motivated towards PhD and joined in the Academy on project titled “Photonic Crystal Antenna-Design and Fabrication”.

Title of Thesis: Optical characterization of lasing in self-assembled photonic crystalsLink to student’s project:

Dr. Sharadwata Pan

Dr. Sharad completed his B.Tech and M.Tech in Biotechnology from JIIT University securing a high distinction. After working for 4 months as a Guest Faculty in the Dept. of Biotechnology, University of Burdwan (West Bengal), he joined The Academy to pursue his doctoral studies. His research interests include Rheology, studies of linear DNA, single polymer dynamics and molecular biotechnology. He is working at The Academy with Dr. P. Sunthar (IIT Bombay) and Dr. Ravi P. Jagadeeshan and Prof. Tam Sridhar (Monash University).

Title of Thesis: Double-Stranded DNA as a Model Polymer: Validation through Rheological CharacterizationLink to student’s project:

Dr. Ganesh Soni

Dr. Ganesh completed his BE in Mechanical Engineering from Viswesvaraya National Institute of Technology (now, NIT), Nagpur. Soon after graduating, he started to work as a Design Engineer in L&T, Mumbai, and developed many designs of rubber and plastic components. After two years of work experience, he has done his ME in Design Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani. He also has gained teaching experience along with studies. He joined IITB- Monash Research Academy to investigate post buckling behaviour of composite laminates. His guides are Dr. Ramesh Singh, Dr. Mira Mitra and Dr. Brian Falzon. He loves to write poems and is an amateur photographer.

Title of Thesis: Novel Multiscale Modeling Schemes for Damage Evolution in Composite LaminatesLink to student’s project:

Dr. Rinkel Jindal

Rinkel Jindal completed his M.Tech from IIT Roorkee with a specialization in Industrial Metallurgy and completed his Masters Thesis in the area of Glass-Ceramics from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, on DAAD scholarship. He has a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra, Haryana. After completing his M.Tech, he has joined the Academy to do his PhD. He is working under the guidance of Prof. V. S. Raja and Prof. Chris Hutchinson on the project of “High Performance Light Alloys through Non-Equilibrium Processing”.

Title of Thesis: Study of Structure-Corrosion Property Correlations in Three Al-Y-Ni Based Metallic GlassesLink to student’s project:

Dr. Jubina Balan

Jubina Balan graduated from Mumbai University with a major in Biotechnology and attained her M Tech in Biotechnology from Dr. D.Y. Patil University. She has worked at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre-Mumbai on the production of anti- cancerous compounds from Psoraleacorlifolia using hairy root and callus culture. She also worked at the Centre for Genetic Research & Diagnostic Laboratory, M.G.M Hospital gaining experience in: -Human Cell& Tissue Culture Techniques, Karyotyping, FISH, Estimation of Abnormalities in Human Peripheral Blood, lymphocytes invitro and Human Syndromes. Together with Dr Paul Verma and Dr Huseyin Sumer from Monash University and Prof Dulal Panda from IIT Bombay, she is working on the project “Generation and Characterization of Induced Pluripotent Cells (iPSCs) and Studying Checkpoint Mechanism in Human Somatic Cells and iPSCs”.

Title of Thesis: Modulation of microtubule network by ansamitocin P3, combretastatin analogues and centrosomal protein-centrobinLink to student’s project:

Dr. Edmund Carvalho

Edmund Carvalho completed his M.Sc in Biochemistry from Pune University. After which he went on to pursue his Masters of technology in Biomedical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He has currently joined IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project “In situ Gelling Nano-particulate Systems for Tissue Engineering using Stem Cells” with Prof Rinti Banerjee(IIT Bombay) and Dr. Paul Verma (Monash University).

Title of Thesis: In situ gelling nanoparticulate systems as scaffolds for tissue engineering using stem cellsLink to student’s project:

Dr. Goutam Sen

Goutam completed his B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from Kalyani Govt. Engineering College affiliated to West Bengal University of Technology. He worked as an intern in Tata Consultancy Services for two months and as a project associate in Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata for one year. His inclination towards research and development motivated him to pursue a PhD at The Academy. He is currently working under the guidance of Prof. Mohan Krishnamoorthy and Prof. Narayan Rangaraj.

Title of Thesis: Models and Algorithms for Static Data Segment Location in Information NetworksLink to student’s project:

Dr. Kamlesh Pawar

Dr Kamlesh Pawar’s passion lies in development of novel imaging technologies. He was offered TCS Research Fellowship for his PhD thesis entitled “Compressive Parallel MRI for Accelerated Imaging”. His expertise include MR Physics, MR Pulse Sequence Design and MR Image Reconstruction. He has experience in both Academia and Industry.
He worked in industry with Cadence Design Systems (Pune, India) for 2.4 years just after completion of his PhD. In Industry his contribution includes implementation of Imaging algorithms and development of Instruction set architecture for SIMD processor.
He recently (Nov 2016), moved to Monash Biomeidcal Imaging (Melbourne, Australia) as a Research Scientist and is contributing on the development of accurate quantitative imaging methods and motion correction strategies for MR imaging.

Title of Thesis: Compressive Parallel MRI for Accelerated Imaging.Link to student’s project:

Dr. Ajay Nagesh

Ajay has graduated with an M.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Bombay. He holds a Bachelors degree in the same area from R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore. After his Masters he had a brief stint as a software engineer at Citrix Systems. His areas of interest lie at the intersection of natural language processing and machine learning. His research work is focused on Learning for Semantic Parsing and is under the guidance of Prof Pushpak Bhattacharyya, Prof Ganesh Ramakrishnan and Prof Geoff Webb. He enjoys reading history, fiction, philosophy, is an amateur quizzer, is interested in languages and is a self- professed connoisseur of movies.

Title of Thesis: Exploring Relational Features and Learning under Distant Supervision for Information Extraction TasksLink to student’s project:

Dr. Banambar Singh

Banambar has completed M. Sc. and M. Tech in Earth Sciences from IIT Bombay. Soon after, due to a keen interest on renewable sources of energy, he joined IITB-Monash Research Academy on the project “A numerical study of creation of optimal fracture networks for heat extraction from Engineered Geothermal Reservoirs” under Prof. D. Chandrasekharam (IIT Bombay), who’s worked intensively on Geothermal Energy, and Prof. R. P. Gamage (Monash University). Beside academics, he is good at sports. He has represented IIT Bombay champion team in Basketball at Inter IIT events in 2008 & 2009 and Orissa in Under-19 Baseball Championship in 2005. His hobbies include trekking, photography.

Title of Thesis: A numerical study of creation of optimal fracture network for heat extraction from Engineered Geothermal ReservoirsLink to student’s project: IMURA0057

Dr. Saroj Yadav

Saroj Yadav has done her Bachelors in Biochemistry from RVS College of Arts & Science and has completed her Masters in Biotechnology from IIT Bombay. Soon after, she joined the PhD program at the IITB-Monash Research Academy. Together with Dr. Dulal Panda and Dr. Paul Verma she is working on the project “generation and characterization of cell cycle regulation of induced pluripotent stem cells”. Along with her scientific endeavours she is interested in arts and literature.

Title of Thesis: Role of microtubule-associated protein 7 domain containing protein 3 in microtubule assembly and cell motilityLink to student’s project:

Dr. Swati Gaur

Swati has graduated from the Hindu College, Delhi University with a major in Organic Chemistry and has completed M.Tech in Corrosion Science and Engineering from IIT Bombay. Currently, she has joined IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on “Nano structured Silane Coatings on Magnesium Alloys for Bioimplantation’ under the supervision of Prof. A.S. Khanna (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Raman Singh (Monash University). Her interests lie in traveling, music and dance.

Title of Thesis: Development of silane based coatings for magnesium alloys for body implant applicationLink to student’s project:

Dr. Akshaya Kumar Swain

Being fascinated by the beauty of the nature manifesting itself through natural sciences, Akshaya’s endurance to contribute significantly to the Physics community has driven him to chose the world class Academy (IITB-Monash) to pursue his PhD in the intriguing area of Graphene Nanoparticles under the esteemed guidance of Prof. Dhirendra Bahadur (IIT Bombay) and Dr. Dan Li (Monash University). He holds an M.S. in Physics and also an M.Tech in Solid State Materials from IIT Delhi. His hobbies include Modern Dance and playing Harmonica. He is interested in sports. His aim is to devote time and energy in teaching and research in future.

Title of Thesis: Stabilized Graphene Nanohybrids: Magnetism and Cancer TherapyLink to student’s project:

Dr. Debashree Banerjee

Debashree Banerjee obtained the B.Sc. degree, with Honors in Physics, from Bethune College, Kolkata and then went on to complete the Bachelor of Technology from the Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics, University of Calcutta. She was with Tata Consultancy Services before joining IITB-Monash Research Academy. She is working on the project “Fabrication and Experimental Characterization of Spin Polarized Light Sources” under the guidance of A/Prof. Dipankar Saha (IIT Bombay) and Dr. Malin Premaratne (Monash University).

Title of Thesis: Design, Fabrication and Experimental Characterization of III-Nitride Semiconductor Based Light SourcesLink to student’s project:

Dr. Muthu Nelson

Muthu Nelson completed his B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Guwahati. Soon after graduating, he worked as an Analyst in Global Analytics India Pvt Ltd., for 2 years. Currently he is working under Prof S.K. Maiti and Prof. Brain Falzon on “Multiscale Modelling of Composite Laminates using Meshless Methods”.

Title of Thesis: Studies in the use of the element-free galerkin method for linear elastic fracture mechanics.Link to student’s project:

Dr. Ashish P. Unnarkat

Ashish P. Unnarkat completed Masters in Chemical Engg. from BITS, Pilani and B.Tech in Chemical Engg. from Amravati University. After completion of M.E., he worked with Sterlite Industries (I) Ltd (Tuticorin, TN) and Hindustan Zinc Ltd. (Udaipur, Raj) as a part of Vedanta Resources Plc., London. During 2 years of stay with Vedanta, he worked for Commissioning and Operations of Zinc Smelter in Rajasthan. At IITB-Monash Research Academy, he is working on the “Catalytic & Reaction Engg. Studies in Organic liquid phase oxidations” under the supervision of Prof. A.K. Suresh & Prof. Sanjay Mahajani (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Tam Sridhar & Prof. Huanting Wang (Monash University).

Title of Thesis: Catalytic and reaction engineering studies on organic liquid phase oxidationsLink to student’s project:

Dr. Balakrishna Ananthoju

Balakrishna Ananthoju has done M.Sc Physics from Kakatiya University, Warangal (A.P). He has completed his M.Tech from IIT Kharagpur with specialization in Solid State Technology. Now he has joined IITB-Monash Research Academy for his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Mohammad Aslam (IIT Bombay), Prof. Dhirendra Bahadur (IIT Bombay) and Dr. Nikhil Medhekar (Monash Unviersity). His research topic is “Large Area Synthesis of Graphene-Based Optoelectronic Devices”.

Title of Thesis: Large Area Synthesis of Graphene-Based Optoelectronic DevicesLink to student’s project:

Dr. Wasim Feroze G.S.

Wasim completed his BE in Polymer Science and Technology from SJCE, Mysore and M.Tech in Plastics Technology from CIPET, affiliated to Anna University, Chennai. His passion for achieving clean energy propelled him to work on Nanocomposite membranes for PEM fuel cells as his M.Tech project and to continue his quest he joined The Academy for higher studies under the guidance of Prof. Manoj Neergat (IIT Bombay) and Prof Bradley Ladewig (Monash University) to work on “Novel Composite Membranes for Methanol Fuel Cell”.

Title of Thesis: Novel polymer composite membranes for the direct methanol fuel cellLink to student’s project:

Dr. Saurabh Nene

Saurabh has completed his M. Tech in Materials Science from IIT Bombay in 2012 and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering from College of Engineering, Pune (COEP) in 2010. He was a ranker during both M. Tech and B. Tech studies. He published his research work in international journal of Materials Chemistry and Physics during his under-grad. His research work during M. Tech motivated him towards doctoral studies. He will be working with Prof. B. P. Kashyap (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Yuri Estrin (Monash University) on the project entitled “Development of Ultra-light and Ultra-fine Mg-Li-Ca Alloy by Compositional Optimization and Severe Plastic Deformation”. Along with research, he has esteemed interest in writing and he has his own blog named “Saunik” published on web which is read by the readers from many countries including India, US, UK, Australia and Germany. He likes sports and plays good badminton and cricket.


Dr. R Thyagarajan

R Thyagarajan completed M.E. in Industrial Metallurgy from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore. After which he joined as Research Associate at R&D Division, Tata Steel, Jamshedpur and served the organization for a period of 2 years. His area of research at Tata Steel was in materials modelling and alloy design. This exposure has sort of driven him to do his PhD.

Title of Thesis: Metallurgical Bonding During Consolidation of Ti ParticulateLink to student’s project:

Dr. Prasanta Kumar Sahoo

Prasanta Kumar Sahoo completed his M.Tech from the Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Material Science at the IIT Bombay and completed his Masters Thesis in the area of “Layered Double Hydroxide Nano-hybrid Materials for Delivery of Biomolecules” from the Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Munich, Germany on DAAD scholarship. After completing his M.Tech, he has joined the PhD program at the IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on “Design of Carbon-metal Nano-composites for Electrical and Magnetic Application” under the supervision of Prof. D. Bahadur (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Dan Li (Monash University). Apart from academics, he is interested in sports, traveling, music, dance and social activities.

Title of Thesis: Design of carbon-metal nano-composites for electrical and magnetic application
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Dr. Sonal Thengane

Sonal Thengane completed his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Laxminarayan Institute of Technology, Nagpur and M.E. in Chemical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. He has done his projects and seminars at CSIR labs such as NCL and NEERI. He has cracked many competitive examinations (GRE, TOEFL, GATE, BITSAT, JMET, etc.) and has presented review papers in one international and two national conferences. Some of his worthy achievements are: CGPA of 10.00 in M.E., Academic Excellence Award, University level Chess player and Swimmer, prizes in national level paper presentation competitions, etc. He has a great interest in creative tasks and loves singing and dancing.

Title of Thesis: Techno-economic evaluations of solar (or other advanced technologies) for splitting water for hydrogen and oxygen feedstock to ammonia and nitric acid productionLink to student’s project:

Dr. Prashant Agrawal

Prashant completed his B.E. (Hons.) degree in Mechanical Engineering from BITS-Pilani, Pilani Campus, in 2010. After graduation, he worked as a Graduate Engineer Trainee for a year in SKF India Ltd., gaining experience in both manufacturing and sales operations. He is working under the guidance of Dr. P.S. Gandhi (IIT Bombay) and Dr. Adrian Nield (Monash University) on the project ‘Monomer Layer Preparation using Substrate Motion and Vibration’. His hobbies include sketching and writing poetry.

Title of Thesis: Monomer layer preparation using substrate motion (vibrations): Simulation and experimentsLink to student’s project:

Dr. Abhishek Tripathi

Dr. Abhishek Tripathi graduated from the IITB-Monash Research Academy in the year 2016. Before joining the academy, Abhishek completed his Bachelors from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in Materials Science and Engineering. In his PhD, he worked on the microstructural and texture evolution mechanisms during friction stir processing of magnesium alloys under the supervision of Prof. Indradev Samajdar, Prof. Asim Tewari and Prof. Jian-Feng Nie. Presently, he is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research in Dusseldorf, Germany in Prof. Dierk Raabe’s research group.

Title of Thesis: Friction Stir Processing of AZ31 Magnesium alloyLink to student’s project:

Dr. Ishan Sharma

Ishan completed his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. For his Bachelors thesis he worked on Petcoke Gasification. After graduating, he worked with Reliance Industries Limited (a Fortune 500 Company) for a year. He joined The IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project “Techno-economic evaluations of coal and biomass pyrolysis with carbon capture for syngas feedstock to ammonia production”. His guides are Prof. Anuradda Ganesh, Prof. Sanjay Mahajani and Prof Andrew Hoadley. His hobbies include Dramatics and Adventure Sports.

Title of Thesis: Techno-economic evaluations of coal and
biomass pyrolysis with carbon capture for
syngas feedstock to ammonia production
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Dr. Vignesh Kuduva

Dr. Vignesh Kuduva did his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemistry from The American College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu. After which he worked as a project assistant in Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune. He then joined IITB-Monash Research Academy to do a Ph.D on project entitled “New Generation Molecular Magnetic Materials: Experiment and Theory” under the supervision of Dr Gopalan Rajaraman and Dr Keith S Murray.

Title of Thesis: New Generation Molecular Magnetic Materials:
Experiment and Theory
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Dr. Kamal Murari

Kamal has completed his Masters in Water Resources Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. After completing his post graduation, he worked in TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) for over 3.5 years and Center for International Projects, Columbia Water Center India for about a year. In IITB-Monash Research Academy, he is working with Dr. Subimal Ghosh and Dr. Eduardo Daly. His research topic is “Impact of Climate Vulnerability and Climate Change on Water Availability at a River Basin Scale”, aiming at development of an integrated eco-hydro- climatological model for assessing the impact of global climate changes on soil moisture and vegetation.

Title of Thesis: Impacts of Climate Variability and Climate Change on Water Availability for Vegetation at a River Basin
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Dr. Nidhi Tiwari

Dr. Nidhi Tiwari has done her B.E. in Computer Science and Engineering from SVITS, Indore. She has over 11 years of IT experience which includes software engineering, project management, product development and research. Her work in Infosys Labs, the research unit of Infosys, includes the performance engineering research, development and consulting as well as cloud computing research. Her research interest lies in cloud computing. She wants to leverage her performance engineering knowledge and other techniques to find ways to maximize the returns from cloud computing. She is working under the guidance of Prof. Umesh Bellur (IIT Bombay) and Prof. David Abramson (Monash University) on a project in cloud computing area.

Title of Thesis: Improving Energy Efficiency of MapReduce FrameworkLink to student’s project:

Dr. Sherly MA

Sherly completed her B.Tech (Agricultural Engineering) from Kerala Agricultural University. After that she pursued her M.Tech (Hydraulic & Water Resources Engineering) from IIT Madras. She has worked as Assistant Systems Engineer at Tata Consultancy Services, Chennai for three years. Later, she joined the Department of Civil Engineering, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai where she worked as a lecturer for one year. Soon after this, she worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Toc H Institute of Science and Technology, Cochin for one year. She has guided B.Tech projects namely “An Optimal Design for Water Distribution Network” using Genetic Algorithm and a pipe network simulation model, EPANET. She has presented a paper on her Masters project (Optimal Risk-Based Design of Levees) at ICHE 2010 held at IIT Madras.

Title of Thesis: Using GIS and other methods to understand and quantify the
vulnerability of a megacity like Mumbai to floods
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Dr. Saumya Nigam

Saumya graduated from Allahabad Agricultural Institute Deemed University with a major in Biotechnology in 2007. She has worked at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay on a sponsored project focusing on the fabrication of targeted nano-sized drug delivery systems to cancer cells. Due to research inclination and work, she got motivated towards pursuing her doctoral studies. Together with Dr Qi Zhi Chen (Monash University) and Prof Dhirendra Bahadur (IIT Bombay), she has joined the IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project titled “Dendrimer-functionalized Magnetic Nanoparticles for Peptide and Gene Delivery”.

Title of Thesis: Dendrimer functionalized magnetic nanoparticles as promising targeted
delivery systems for gene and peptides
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Dr. Jasvipul Chawla

Dr. Jasvipul Chawla completed his dual degree in Mechanical Engineering (B.Tech and M.Tech) from IIT Bombay in 2006. He worked with Prof. Shashikanth Suryanarayanan on Vehicle Dynamics for his Masters thesis. Since graduating he’s worked in a Data Analytics firm, researched in IIT Bombay with Prof. Shashikanth Suryanarayanan on Robotics and worked in an Engineering Services company. His work at the IITB-Monash Research Academy would be on ‘Small Wind Energy’ and he’ll work with Prof. Shashikanth Suryanarayanan from IIT Bombay and Prof. Brian Falzon from Monash University. Jas loves to travel and cycle, and is an amateur photographer. He maintains a photo blog at http://e-

Title of Thesis: Small Wind Turbine TechnologyLink to student’s project:

Dr. Bhukya Hussain

Bhukya Hussain completed his Bachelors degree from Kakatiya University and thereafter joined a two years M.Sc. program in the Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay where he did his masters project in Computational Biology in the lab of Dr. Ruchi Anand which involved Structure Based Drug Designing. To get an exposure to the wet work he continued further in the same lab for one year as a project fellow with a partial economical support from IITB-Monash Research Academy. At present he is pursuing Ph.D. in Structural Biochemistry in an IITB-Monash collaborative project which deals with the “Investigation of Butyrolactone-like small molecules in regulation of Antibiotic Production in Streptomyces” under the supervision of Dr. Ruchi Anand, Dr. Milton Hearn and Dr. Reinhard Boysen.

Title of Thesis: Investigation of Butyrolactone like Small Molecules in Regulation of Antibiotic Production in Streptomyces

Link to student’s project: IMURA0241

Dr. Srinivasan Narayanan

Srinivasan Narayanan completed Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engg, Guindy Anna University, Chennai. His constant quest for research motivated him to register for PhD. Currently he is investigating the Micro Yielding Phenomena in IITB-Monash Research Academy. This project is constantly monitored by three professors from IIT Bombay (Prof. Prita Pant, Prof. Indradev Samajdar, and Prof. K. Narasimhan) and Christopher Hutchinson from Monash University.

Title of Thesis: Analysis of micro yielding activity in metals

Link to student’s project: IMURA0051

Dr. Karan Thanawala

Karan Thanawala did his M.Sc in Surface Coating Technology and B.Sc in Industrial Chemistry from Sardar Patel University. He has been awarded with two Gold Medals for securing highest marks in Masters from the same university. He had previously worked as Junior Research Fellow in IIT Bombay, on the Development of Superhydrophobic Coatings by Sol-gel route under Prof. A. S. Khanna in Corrosion Science and Engg. (MEMS Dept.). Currently pursuing his PhD in “Development of Self-Healing Coatings”, under Prof. A. S. Khanna (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Raman Singh (Monash University).

Title of Thesis: Development of Self-Healing coatings

Link to student’s project: IMURA0307

Dr. Naresh Alaal

Naresh Alaal completed his M.Sc in Physics from the Osmania University, Hyderabad and M.Tech in Materials Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. During his M.Tech thesis, he was motivated to do research in the area of Modeling and Simulation for Materials. He has currently joined IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project “Atomistic Simulations of Graphene-Boron Nitride Hybrid Nanostructures” with Prof Alok Shukla (IIT Bombay) and Dr. Nikhil Medhekar (Monash University).

Title of Thesis: Atomistic Simulations of Graphene–Boron Nitride Hybrid Nanostructures

Link to student’s project: IMURA0258

Dr. Pratham Arora

Accelerated by his desire to work in the field of clean energy, Pratham joined the IITB-Monash Research Academy just after completing his B.E. in Chemical Engineering from BITS Pilani, Goa Campus. During his bachelors he worked on Biogas technologies which earned him two internships with IIT Delhi. He also presented his work at the 3rd IWA Asia Pacific Young Water Professionals Conference -“Achieving Sustainable Development in the New Era”, Singapore. Pratham loves adventure sports and is an ardent traveller. Reading spiritual books and practicing meditation are some of his leisure.

Title of Thesis: Techno-economic evaluations of coal and biomass pyrolysis with carbon capture for syngas feedstock to ammonia production

Link to student’s project: IMURA0221(A)


Dr. Chetana Gavankar

Chetana Gavankar has Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from Pune University. She worked with Zensar Technologies for two years as a Software Engineer. She worked with Cummins Women’s Engineering College (Pune) as IT faculty for 8 years before joining Research Academy. Over and above regular teaching she undertook array of heuristic initiatives like guiding industry sponsored projects, coordinating Computer Society of India chapter as college faculty, own M.E. research project at CDAC on NLP and experience sharing at overseas universities (WITS-SA, UCSB-US). She is working under the guidance of Prof. N.L. Sarda (IIT Bombay) and Prof. David Taniar (from Monash University) on the project “Ontology Mapping for Geospatial Databases”.

Title of Thesis: Graphene exfoliation and nanohybrid formation for advanced Libattery Cathode Material development

Link to student’s project: IMURA0479