Principal Investigator


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Baskar Ganapathysubramanian

Anderlik Professor of Engineering,
Associate Chair for Research, Mechanical Engineering
Plant Science Institute, Faculty Fellow,
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Iowa State University

RESEARCH STAFF & PostDoctoral Associates

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Jessica Bell, Program Manager


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Cameron Jones, Administrative Specialist

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Zaki Jubery, Postdoctoral Associate

Research interests: Computational Modeling of Plant Physiology, Heat and Mass Transport in Maize Optimization, In Situ Measurements of Plant Physiology

I was born and raised in Bangladesh. I earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University in 2012 and began working in Baskar’s Group at Iowa State University in 2013 as a Researcher. My current study focuses on crop modeling and data assimilation, image processing, machine learning, computer vision, and high-throughput field corps phenotyping.
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Aditya Balu, Data Scientist

Research interests: Deep Learning for Physics-Driven Design and Manufacturing, GPU Computing for Geometric Design, Geometry-Aware Computational Simulation Tools

I am Data Scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Iowa State University. Prior to this, I finished my PhD under joint supervision of Adarsh Krishnamurthy and Soumik Sarkar in 2020. My research focuses on building computational tools for engineering design applications. The goal of this research is to facilitate end-user engineers with better, faster, and more robust tools, particularly for design.

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Balaji S Sarath Pokuri, Postdoctoral Associate

Research interests: Phase Field Modelling, High Performance Computing (HPC), Finite Element Method (FEM), Machine Learning – Deep Learning

I received my PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University in Dec 2018, working with Baskar Ganapathysubramanian. My current focus is developing full-scale in-silico instrumentation for various stages of organic photovoltaic processing, scanning, and device-level performance.

 Doctoral Students

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Ali Rabeh

Research interests: Cahn-Hilliard-Navier-Stokes Equations, High Performance Computing (HPC), Finite Element Method, Diffuse Interface Models

I joined Dr. Baskar’s group in 2017, after receiving my Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics and Physics from Augustana College in Illinois. My current work is focused on simulating high density/viscosity ratio two-phase flows using diffuse interface models. In my spare time, I enjoy playing soccer and video games.
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Biswajit Khara

Research interests: Computational Sciences, Finite Element Analysis, Space-Time Coupled Solvers, Neural Methods for PDEs

I am currently a fifth-year PhD student in the department of mechanical engineering advised by Dr. Baskar Ganapathysubramanian. My work focuses partly on designing efficient solvers for space-time coupled problems and partly on designing neural network methods for solving partial differential equations (PDE). Prior to joining ISU, I worked in Atkins Aerospace (Bangalore) and subsequently in Rolls Royce (Bangalore) as part of the methods development team.

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Therin Young

Research interests: Space Agriculture, Plant Phenomics, Durability of Superhydrophobic Surfaces

I joined Dr. Baskar’s plant science subgroup in 2017 after earning my M.S in mechanical engineering for which I studied the mechanical durability of superhydrophobic coatings for heated airport runways. My current research interest is high-throughput plant phenomics where I use terrestrial laser scanning to build 3D models of crops. Furthermore, I develop code-based pipelines to automate the extraction and measurement of desired crop phenotypes (e.g. color, height, shape) and construct ML-based models to classify crop stress-severity. My research focuses on soybean and maize. My expected graduation date is Summer/Fall 2022.

I’m also a data scientist at Ford Motor Company working with the Global Data Insight and Analytics (GDIA) team to develop analytics tools that help our business partners identify and resolve dollar value risks associated with vehicle material costs. I received a B.S. in electronics engineering technology from Savannah State University. My hobbies include spending time with family, gaming, and playing bass guitar.
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Koushik Nagasubramanian

Research interests: Machine Learning for Plant Phenotyping, Plant Breeding Applications

Koushik Nagasubramanian is currently a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Electrical Engineering department at Iowa State University. He works under the joint supervision of Prof. Baskar Ganapathysubramanian and Prof. Soumik Sarkar. His research focuses on machine learning and its applications in plant phenotyping. He was a visiting researcher at U.Tokyo International Field Phenomics Research Lab and a data science intern at Corteva Agriscience in 2019. Prior to joining grad school, he worked at Nubesol Technologies, Bangalore for seven months on satellite remote sensing and did a research internship at TCS Innovation Lab, Bangalore on load disaggregation.

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Dhruv Gamdha

Research interests: Finite Element Analysis, Machine Learning, GPU Algorithms, High-Performance Computing, Geometric Modeling

I joined Dr. Baskar Ganapathysubramanian and Dr. Adarsh Krishnamurthy’s lab at Iowa State University as a PhD student in fall 2020. Before joining ISU, I was a research associate at the Center of Non-Destructive Evaluation, IIT Madras. I was working with Prof. Krishnan Balasubramanian and his team on the radiography-based non-destructive evaluation method. I contributed to the development of physics-based GPU accelerated simulators and deep learning models for defect detections in X-ray images. I finished undergrad at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in 2019 with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. For my 2018 summer internship, I visited the research lab of Prof. Vikram Kapila at New York University, where I worked on the development of a rehabilitation device for stroke patients.

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Kumar Saurabh

Research interests: HPC, Computational Sciences

I am a fourth-year Graduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State university co-advised by Dr. Baskar Ganapathysubramanian and Dr. Adarsh Krishnamurthy. My work focuses on accelerating high-performance codes on next-generation computer architectures. Prior to joining Iowa State, I worked as a Member of Technical Staff at SankhyaSutra Labs, Bangalore, where I was responsible for the development of in-house HPC codes to accelerate Lattice Boltzmann and Direct Simulation Monte Carlo to simulate high Knudsen number gas flows.
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Cheng-Hau Yang

Research interests: Computational Fluid Dynamics, Computational Structural and Solid Dynamics, Finite Element Method  

I received my M.S. degree in Mechanical engineering in 2016 from National Taiwan University. I am pursuing my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and I am currently working on non-Newtonian two-phase flow simulation and Computational Structural Simulation. In my free time, I love to stay with my family and friends.
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Vishal Muralidharan

Research interests: Co-Simulation, High-Performance Computing, Finite Element Method

I joined Dr. Baskar’s group in Fall 20’21 shortly after receiving my Master’s degree in AER E from Iowa State. Prior to that, I worked at Google for 3 years as a Trust & Safety Analyst, fighting spam and fraudulent abuse on Google Adwords. My Bachelor’s degree is in Mechanical Engineering from BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore.
I like to spend my free time reading, catching up on trivia, and on sci-fi & Formula 1.

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Sudeep Menon

Research interests: Finite Element Method(FEM), Fluid Flow Physics, Turbulence Modeling, High-Performance Computing (HPC), Machine Learning Fluid Flow Applications

I received my bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from India in 2009, then worked for 6 years in the power station industry as a mechanical maintenance engineer. I completed my Masters in Mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2019 after which I started as a PhD student in the Baskar Group in the fall of 2020. My current work involves large-scale fluid flow and heat transfer modeling.

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Nasla Saleem

Research interests: Machine Learning for Plant Phenotyping, Deep Learning

I’m an electrical engineering graduate, currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. I joined Dr. Baskar’s lab in spring 2022. My research focuses on incorporating modern deep learning techniques in plant phenotyping. Outside research, I enjoy hiking and reading sci-fi and non-fiction.
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Anirudha Powadi

Research interests: Deep Learning, Computer Vision, Image Forensics, Robotics, Digital Twins

I received my bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from Shivaji University, India in 2017. I received my master’s degree from Iowa State University and I started my PhD research with Dr. Baskar in the Fall of 2021. My PhD research will focus on building digital twins for plants. I enjoy challenges and am always looking for one. My hobbies include playing racquetball, chess, and reading books.

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Nirmal Baishnab

Research interests: Organic Solar Cell, Finite Element Method, Machine Learning- Deep Learning

I have my B.Sc. degree in EEE from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology. I completed my M.Sc. degree in Materials Science from Missouri State University, and I joined Dr. Baskar Ganapathysubramanian’s group in Fall 2021. My current research focuses on enhancing organic solar cell efficiency based on optimized microstructure and material properties.
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Shivani Chiranjeevi

Research interests: Machine Learning, Deep Learning for Plant Phenotyping

I received my bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at PSG Institute of Technology, Coimbatore. I am currently pursuing PhD in Mechanical Engineering. I joined Dr.Baskar Ganapathysubramian’s lab in the Fall of 2020. My research focuses on using image processing and machine learning models in plant phenotyping applications.
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Chih-Hsuan Yang

Research interests: Machine Learning, Material Discovery, Inversed Physical Informed Neural Networks, Organic Semiconductor

Chih-Hsuan Yang (Bella) is currently a third-year Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. She devotes herself to bridging machine learning theory to real-world engineering problems. Applications include material discovery, organic semiconductors, and prosthetic valves design. Her bachelor’s degree was received from National Taiwan University (NTU) in 2019. She loves to travel and learn new things in her free time.
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Post Doc

Name Currently at
1 Olga Wodo Faculty, U Buffalo
2 Mirka Deza Assistant Teaching Professor, Iowa State
3 Robert Dyja Faculty, Czestochowa University of Technology Poland
4 Pengfei Du Faculty, Qingdao University of Technology
5 Ananth Tennati

Researcher, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London

6 David Ackerman Post Doc Researcher, Iowa State


Name (co-advisor name) Graduating Year Current (or last known) Position
22 Sivaranjani Devarakonda (Pranav Shotriya) 2021 Corning Inc.
21 Makrand Khanwale (James Rossmanith) 2021 Ali Mani Group, Stanford
20 Sungu Kim (Robbyn Anand) 2021 Sindy Tang Group, Stanford
19 Niraj Kunwar (Kristen Cetin) 2020 ORNL
18 Travis Ramsey 2020 UAE Oil Fund
17 Vahid Mirnezami 2020 Bayer Corp.
16 Ramin Noruzi 2019 John Deere Company
15 Aditya Kommasojula 2019 Mathworks
14 Himanshu Sharma 2019 PNNL
13 Balaji Pokuri 2018 Iowa State University
12 Joshua Mineroff (Adarsh Krishnamurthy) 2018 Domino Data Lab
11 Songzhe Xu 2018 Shangai Jiatong University
10 Adedotun Akintayo (Soumik Sarkar) 2017 Intel Corp.
9 Spencer Pfeifer 2017 Rand Corp.
8 Daniel Stoecklein 2017 Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
7 Ryan Gebhart (Sumit Choudhary) 2016 Micron Technology
6 Anthony Fontanini 2016 NREL
5 Minhua Long (Ross Morrow) 2016 Stanford University
4 Qiang Guo 2014 Avalion Wind Energy
3 Yu Xie 2014 Microsoft Inc.
2 Hari Krishna Kodali 2013 CD-Adapco
1 Sai Kiranmayee Samudrala 2013 Delta Airlines


Name Graduating Year Currently at
14 Kendrick Tan 2021 A-STAR HPC Center
13 Sangeet Balakrishnan 2020 U Maryland
12 Badrinath Balasubramanian 2019 ISU Foundation
11 Alec Lofquist 2018 Affirm Inc.
10 Vikas Chawla 2016 Twilio
9 Nigel Lee 2016 Baylor College of Medicine
8 Hiep Tran 2016 Turner Construction
7 Hsiang (Marcus) Naik 2016 Trakomatic
6 Kahni Pr’Out 2016 Northrop Grumman
5 Lucas Mutti 2014 Transsolar
4 Saisree Parvathaneni 2014 unknown
3 Sameer Jape (Jon Wickert) 2011 PhD, Texas A&M
2 Robert Jaeger 2011 MathWorks
1 David Busch 2011 Faculty, Iowa Central Community College

Supervision of Independent Study and Undergraduate Research

Name Year From
39 Brenda Lora 2021 Iowa State University
38 Aditya Oka 2019 Rutgers University
37 Alvin Allen 2018 Rose Hulman
36 Zachary Kauffman 2018 Iowa State University
35 Adam Valdez 2018 UT San Antonio
34 Tess Coulson 2017 Iowa State University
33 Joe Van Treek 2017 Iowa State University
32 Tanner Holte 2017 Iowa State University
31 Jesse Trujillo 2016 Iowa State University
30 Matthew Fulford 2016 Iowa State University
29 Jonathan Green 2016 Iowa State University
28 Nadab Wubshet 2015 Oberlin College, Sioux Falls
27 Vaughn Dorsey 2015-2017 Iowa State University
26 Shawn Castilliano 2015-2016 Iowa State University
25 Katherine Abrams 2014 Grinnell College
24 Rebecca Wong 2014 Grinnell College
23 Alec Lofquist 2014-2015 Iowa State University
22 Laura Michelson 2015 Iowa State University
21 Eric Wirth 2014 Iowa State University
20 Michael Davis 2014 Iowa State University
19 Pradumnay Ramesh 2013-2014 Iowa State University
18 Hsiang Naik 2013-2014 Iowa State University
17 Nigel Lee 2013-2014 Iowa State University
16 Jennifer Nixon 2013 Iowa State University
15 Pedro Cruz 2013 Iowa State University
14 Idaliz Ortiz Martinez 2012 UPR Mayaguez
13 Mark Summe 2012-2013 Franciscan University
12 Savannah Dipplitto 2012 Yakima County CC
11 Shaun VanWeelden 2012 Iowa State University
10 Shane Gerkin 2011-2012 Iowa State University
9 Nan Zhang 2011 Iowa State University
8 Cheong Yeong 2011 Iowa State University
7 Spencer Pfiefer 2011 Iowa State University
6 Doug Grosser 2011 UC San Diego
5 Keith Nehring 2011 Iowa State University
4 Ismael Dondasse 2011 Georgia Institute of Technology
3 Kahni Pr’Out 2010 University of Georgia
2 Blair Knutson 2010 Dordt College
1 Robert Jaeger 2010 Iowa State University

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