People

 Principal Investigator

 

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Baskar Ganapathysubramanian [CV]
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering Dept.
Iowa State University


Post Doctoral Associates

pingfei Pengfei Du
Research interests: Heat transfer, phase change materials, computational fluid mechanics, high-performance computing (HPC) & organic solar cells.

I received my PhD from the University of Iowa in May 2013 and joined Dr. Baskar’s research group in September. Now I currently working on the simulation of current flow within organic solar cells.

david David Ackerman
Research interests: Polymer morphology, self consistent field theory (SCFT), finite elements modelling, high-performance computing (HPC)

I received my PhD degree in Physical Chemistry from Iowa State University in August 2013, working with Jim Evans and Mark Gordon studying surface dynamics of silicon and reaction-diffusion dynamics in confined catalytic systems. Outside of research I am a pilot and flight instructor.

zaki Zaki Jubery
Research interests: Computational modeling of plant physiology, heat and mass transport in maize, optimization, in situ measurements of plant physiology.

I received my PhD from Washington State University in 2012, and Joined Dr. Baskar’s group in the fall.


 Doctoral Students

Spencer Pfeifer
Research interests: Computational physics, phase-field modeling, finite element methods, high-performance computing, & fluid mechanics(HPC).

I received my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State in 2011. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering while studying microstructural evolution through phase-field simulations.

dstoecklein Daniel Stoecklein
Research interests: Microfluidics, low-Reynolds flow physics, design optimization.

I joined Dr. Baskar Ganapathysubramanian’s group in 2013 to pursue a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering. I was working on design optimization for inertial fluid flow sculpting in microfluidic devices. I graduated in 2017 and took a post doc position at UCLA.

ramin Ramin Noruzi
Research interests: Computational modeling of plant physiology, heat and mass transport in maize, optimization, in situ measurements of plant physiology.

I received my B.Sc and M.Sc from the University of Tehran. I joined Dr. Baskar’s research group in September 2015. Currently, I am working on developing new finite element methods for numerical simulation of current generation on solar cells.

songzhe Songzhe Xu
Research interests: Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), Heat Transfer, Finite Element Methods (FEM), high-performance computing (HPC).

I received my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and Wuhan University of Technology in China in 2012, and joined Dr. Baskar Ganapathysubramanian’s group in September to pursue a PhD degree. My research includes developing a residual-based Variational Multi-Scale model (VMS) for buoyancy driven turbulent flows with applications in designing Green Buildings. My current work is to develop an immersed boundaries method for a moving object in channel flow.

himanshu Himanshu Sharma
Research interests: Building and Energy Modeling, Computational Fluid Dynamics informed energy simulations, Reduce Order Modeling (ROM), Surrogate modeling, High Performance Computing, Uncertainty Analysis for complex systems, Stochastic modeling, Finite Element Method

I joined Dr. Baskar Ganapathysubramanian’s group in Fall 2015 to pursue a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Before joining, I worked as a project assistant at TIFR-CAM Bangalore. I obtained my Master’s from IIT Gandhinagar and Bachelor’s from Institute of Engineering Technology DAVV in Mechanical Engineering. My current research is developing fast, low cost methods for incorporating numerical fluid dynamic simulation with Energy simulation tools. In addition, I am also working on developing stochastic frame work for pollutant source identification problem and quantifying uncertainty for complex systems.

balaji Balaji S Sarath Pokuri
Research interests: Phase Field Modelling, High performance computing(HPC), Finite Element Method(FEM), Machine learning – Deep Learning

I joined Dr. Baskar Ganapathysubramanian’s group in 2014, after receiving my B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras. My current work is phase field modeling of morphology evolution in polymer thin films, with applications directed at optimizing processing conditions of organic electronics.

aditya Aditya Kommajosula
Research interests: Inertial Microfluidics, Microparticle Hydrodynamics, Optimization, High-Performance Computing (HPC)

I received my Bachelors’ degree in Mechanical Engineering from BITS-Pilani (Hyderabad, India), and worked as a Project Assistant at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) (Bangalore, India), before joining Dr. Baskar’s group in Fall 2015 for a PhD at Iowa State University. My current work involves microparticle-shape design for optimal stability in flow, and preferential focusing.

vahid Seyed Vahid Mirnezami
Research interests: Image Processing, Machine Learning, analyzing plant images data

I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanics of Agricultural Machinery from the University of Tehran. Then, I joined Dr. Baskar’s research group in August 2015 as a PhD student. Now, I’m working on the broad area of image processing and algorithm development for analyzing plant images data, especially for soybean and maize.

makrand Makrand Khanwale
Research interests: Inertial low Reynolds number fluid physics, Multi-phase flows, turbulence, multi-scale analysis of stochastic processes

I received my undergraduate degree in Chemical Technology in 2015 from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. After a brief stint as a research associate in Louisiana State University, I joined Dr. Baskar’s group in August 2016. I am pursuing my PhD in Mechanical Engineering, and I am currently working on computational inertial microfluidics

travis Travis Ramsay
Research interests: Computational mechanics, coupled thermal-hydrological-mechanical-chemical (THMC) reservoir simulation, finite element methods, in-situ pyrolysis

I received my Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science from York University and a Master of Science in Geology and Physics from the University of Toronto. My research focus is on developing coupled THMC models for simulating production in complex petroleum reservoirs. In my spare time I enjoy learning Brazilian Portuguese.

adedotun Adedotun Akintayo
Research interests: data and systems modelling, computational intelligence, active energy controls in buildings, optimization, combinatorics

Adedotun is a PhD Student in the Mechanical Engineering department. He became a member of Dr. Soumik Sarkar’s lab in the Fall of 2014. He likes to drive around town, interact with people and read.

Sungu Kim
Research interests: Microfuidics, Wearable devices

I received B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Seoul National University of Science and Technology. I joined Dr. Baskar Ganapathysubramanian’s group in 2017. I am co-advised by Dr. Anand (CHEM) and Dr. Ganapathysubramanian. I am currently working on Ion Concentration Polarization (ICP), as a part of wearable microfluidic device project for kidney disease treatment.

Therin Young
Research interests: Space agriculture, plant phenomics, durability of superhydrophobic surfaces

I received my B.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology from Savannah State University. I joined Dr. Baskar Ganapathysubramanian’s group in 2017 to pursue a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in plant phenomics. In my spare time, I enjoy playing basketball, playing bass guitar, and music production.


M.S. Candidates

alec Alec Lofquist
Research interests: High-performance computing (particularly with FEM), designing programming libraries and frameworks

I received my undergraduate degree in Computer Science in 2016 from Iowa State University. I spent the last two years of my undergrad working with Dr. Baskar and joined the group as a Master’s student shortly after graduating. I primarily work on our massively parallel in-house finite element method library (C++, PETSc, MPI).

koushik Koushik Nagasubramanian
Research interests: Machine Learning, Data Analytics and Image Processing applications in Agriculture.

I am currently a Masters student and joined Dr. Baskar Ganapathysubramanian’s group in August 2016. I received my undergraduate degree (B.Tech.) in Electronics and Communication Engineering from RNSIT, Bangalore, India in 2015. After that, I worked at Nubesol Technologies, Bangalore for almost seven months on Satellite Image Processing.

Badrinath Balasubramaniam
Research interests: Polymer morphology, self consistent field theory (SCFT), finite element method

I received my Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from BITS-Pilani (Goa, India) in 2016. I joined Dr. Baskar’s group in Fall 2016 to pursue my Master’s in Mechanical Engineering.


Alumni

Post Doc

Name Duration Currently at
Olga Wodo 2011-2014 SUNY – Buffalo
Mirka Deza Iowa State
Robert Dyja  – Politechnika Częstochowska, Poland

PhD

Name Graduating Year Currently at
Daniel Stoecklein 2017 UCLA
Ryan Gebhart 2016
Anthony Fontanini 2016 Fraunhoufer CSE
Minhua Long 2016 Stanford University
Qiang Guo 2014 NGC Transmission
Yu Xie 2014 Microsoft, Inc.
Harikrishna Kodali 2013 CD Adapco
Sai Kiranmayee Samudrala 2013 Delta Airlines

Masters

Name Graduating Year Currently at
Vikas Chawla 2016
Nigel Lee 2016 DecisionPx, LLC
Hiep Tran 2016 Turner Construction
Hsiang (Marcus) Naik 2016
Kahniatta O’Prout 2016 US Dept. of Energy
Lucas Mutti 2014 NewLink Genetics
Sameer Jape 2011 Texas A&M
Robert Jaeger 2011 Matlab, Inc.
David Busch 2011 Central College

Summer Undergraduate Researchers

Name Year From
Doug Grosser 2011 University of California at San Diego
Keith Nehring 2011 Iowa State University
Ismael Dondasse 2011 Georgia Institute of Technology
Kahni O’Prout 2010 Iowa State University
Blair Knutson 2010 Iowa State University

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