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Group Members

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Group Leader

Leela Mohana Reddy Arava
Professor, Mechanical Engineering

larava@wayne.edu
313-577-1986
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Wayne State University 
5050 Anthony Wayne Dr. Room 2140, 
Detroit, MI 48202 

Current lab memebers

GRADUATE STUDENTS

sathish.rajendran@wayne.edu

Sathish Rajendran 

Ph.D Student since Winter 2018

Research Interests: Lithium Ion Battery, Material Science, Solid-State Batteries & SOFC/ SOECs

Google Scholar: 
https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=PyO6AcMAAAAJ

nd.sudhan@wayne.edu

Sudhan Nagarajan

Ph.D student since Fall 2019

Research Interests: Solid State Electrochemistry, Energy Storage, Solid state materials, Alkali-ion batteries

Google Scholar: 
https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=0J-JVmQAAAAJ

vekasrig@wayne.edu

Veka Sri Ganesan

Ph.D student since Winter 2022

Research Interests: Electrolytes
 Li-S batteries

https://www.linkedin.com/in/veka-sri-ganesan-953479185/

a.sawas@hotmail.com

Abdualrazzag Sawas  

Ph.D Candidate since Fall 2015

Research Interests: Li-S and
Li-air batteries
Pouch cells

Google Scholar: 
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=JchmsVMAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra

varma@wayne.edu

Sundeep Varma

PH.D CANDIDATE SINCE 
WINTER 2016
ADVISOR: PROF. Ivan Avrutsky
CO-ADVISOR: PROF. LEELA ARAVA

Research Interests: UV-Spectroscopy, Nano-Photonics, 2D Materials, Femto Second Raman Spectroscopy, FET Bio-sensors

Google Scholar: 
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=xgI7FE4AAAAJ&hl=en

sanket.mundhe@wayne.edu

Sanket Mundhe

PhD CANDIDATE SINCE winter 2017
Advisor: Prof. Golam Newaz
Co-advisor: Prof. Leela Arava

Research Interest: Material Characterization and testing, Composite materials, Li-ion battery, Mechanical Simulation and modeling, Electro-Chemical-Mechanical simulation

LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanketmundhe/

maher.almohammedali@wayne.edu

Maher Almohammedali

PhD Student Since fall 2020

Research Interest: Li-ion battery, Mechanical Simulation and modeling, Electro-Chemical-Mechanical simulation


m.alali@wayne.edu 

Mohammed Al Ali 

Ph.D. student since Fall 2019 

Research Interest: Lithium Ion Battery, Multiphysics Modeling and Simulation 

Google Scholar: 
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=fqTiO2wAAAAJ&hl 


hn1110@wayne.edu

Ajamal Elahee Sikkandar Basha

PhD Student Since fall 2022

Research Interest: Material Characterization and testing, Composite materials, Li-ion battery.


Previous lab memebers

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

nareshchemist@gmail.com

Dr. Naresh Thangavel

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW, 2017-2021

Research Interests: Fundamental 
Electrochemistry & Electrocatalysis

LinkedIn: 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nareshkumar-thangavel-767486b9/?originalSubdomain=in

hc3249@wayne.edu

Dr. Munaiah Yeddala

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW, 2019-2021

Research Interests:  Mg-ion batteries, 
Li-S batteries

LinkedIn: 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/munaiah
-yeddala-phd-b1368948/

Google Scholar: 
https://scholar.google.com/citations?%20hl=en&user=bu-43e4AAAAJ

gq4098@wayne.edu

Dr. Shuangjie Liu

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW, 2019-2021

Research Interests: MEMS sensors 
and actuators

gangulababureddy@gmail.com

Dr.Babu Ganguli

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW, 2014-2017

Current position: Manager-Battery Materials at Lyten

LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/babu-ganguli-12065056/?trk=public_profile_browsemap

Google Scholar: 
https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=R7pMbJYAAAAJ

dharamarajan@gmail.com

Dr.Bhuvaneswari Dharamarajan

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW, 2014-2017

Current position: Post Doctoral Researcher
at Rice University

Google Scholar: 
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=c1E8YaYAAAAJ&hl=en

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Kiran Mahankali

PHD GRADUTED WINTER 2021

Current position:  Senior Materials Engineer at
Lyten 

LinkedIn:
  https://www.linkedin.com/in/kiran-mahankali-10a81894/

Google Scholar:
 https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=82JCb5oAAAAJ

Nirul Masurkar

PHD GRADUTED Fall 2019

Current position:  PTD Module Engineer at Intel Corporation

LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nirul-
masurkar/

Google Scholar: 
https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=P1jYSs8AAAAJ

Deepesh Gopalakrishnan

PHD GRADUTED WINTER 2019

Current position: Research Scientist at
Xalt Energy

LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/deepesh-gopalakrishnan-3a86b149/

Google Scholar: 
https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=xu97sxYAAAAJ

Uday Praveen Tiruvalluri

MS GRADUATE 2018

Current position:   Mechanical Design Engineer at
Sensata Technologies

LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/uday-praveen-tiruvalluri-87a6a5158/

Hesham Al Salem

PHD GRADUTED WINTER 2016

Current position:  Assistant Professor, 
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tafila Technical University, Jardan

Google Scholar: 
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=2MvbuIAAAAAJ&hl=en

Khalid Ababtain

PHD GRADUTED Fall 2016

Current position: Assistant Professor, 
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Yanbu Industrial College, Saudi Arabia

Google Scholar: 
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=vq4NUjMAAAAJ&hl=en

Sanjeev Selvan Porchelvan

Ms GRADUTED Fall 2016

Current position: Lead Design Release Engineer at LG Energy Solution Michigan, Inc.

LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanjeevselvan/

Bassam Bitar

Ms GRADUTED Fall 2018

Current position:  Senior Process Engineer at  Caledonia Michigan, Inc.

LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/bassam-bitar-a56a8296/

Devang Marvania

Ms GRADUTED Fall 2021

Current position:  Advanced Development Engineer - Calibration at Gentherm

LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/devang-marvania/

Chalicheemalapalli J. Deviprasad

Ms GRADUTED Fall 2015

Current position:  Scientific Staff at Universit√§t Paderborn - Paderborn University

LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/deviprasad-c-j-42950561/

GRADUATE STUDENT ASSISTANTS

Prachi Deshpande

WORKED DURING SEPT 2018 TO MAY 2019 

Current Position: Software Engineer at Cisco

Linked in Profile: 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/prachisd/

Prajakta Kulkarni

WORKED DURING SEPT 2018 TO MAY 2019

Current Position: Software Automation Test Engineer at Rivian

Linkedin Profile: 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/prajakta-kulkarni-a39432136/

Sushil Bhosale 

Worked during SEpt 2018 to may 2019

Current Position: System Engineer - Engine cooling & Engine integration

Linked in Profile: 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sushil-b-643714a0

Rukshal Masurkar

Worked during SEpt 2018 to may 2019

Current Position:  CAE/ R&D Engineer
Superior Industries

LinkedIn Profile: 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rukshalmasurkar/

Rohit Panikar

Worked during SEpt 2018 to may 2019

Current Position:  LHP Engineering Solutions

LinkedIn Profile: 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rohitpanikar/

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Gregory Hunter

Research Interests: 2D materials and Sensors

Education: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Macomb Community College, Warren, MI

Ann Amarachi Mark

Research Interests: Li-S Batteries

Education: B.S., Chemical Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Samia Alkatie

Research Interests: Structured electrolytes for long lived batteries

Education: B.S., Chemistry, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Neha Bhagirath

Research Interests: Metal sulfides for Li-S batteries

Education : B.S., Chemical Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Jacqueline Wax

Research Interests: Li-sulfur batteries

Education: B.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin Madison, Omaha, NE

Ao Yang Yu

Current position: Engineer at General Motors, Detroit, MI

MORE ALUMINI

Daviprasad Jayasankar, M.S., (Fall 2015), Current position: Researcher, University of Paderborn, Germany

Dr. Chitturi Rao, Postdoctoral research, Current position: Scientist, Nova-Kem LLC, USA

Dr. Humeshkar Nemala, Visiting scholar, Current position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Illinois Wesleyan University, USA

Justone Crosby, Undergraduate research, Current position: Student at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Andrew Lee, Undergraduate research, Current position: Student at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Jaron Lloyd Bentley, Undergraduate research, Current position: Student at Wayne State University, Detroit, 

MIVincent Leo, Undergraduate research, Current position: Student at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI