Group Leader
Dr. K. N. Solanki is an Associate Professor in the SEMTE at Arizona State University. Prior to coming to ASU, he was an Associate Director for the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at Mississippi State University. Dr. Solanki received his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in December 2008. Dr. Solanki's research interest is at the interface of solid mechanics and materials science, with a focus on characterizing and developing microstructure-based structure –property relationships across multiple length and time scales. To date, he has coauthored >80 journal articles, four book chapters, and >35 conference proceedings with faculty and students at ASU and MSU. For his efforts to promote the education of engineering students in the area of fatigue technology, he was awarded the SAE Henry O. Fuch Award by the SAE Fatigue Design & Evaluation Committee. In 2011, Dr. Solanki received TMS Light Metals Magnesium Best Fundamental Research Paper Award for his work on predicting deformation and failure behavior in magnesium alloys using a multiscale modeling approach. Recently, he received the 2013 TMS Light Metals Division Young Leader Professional Development Award, the 2013 Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Award, the 2013 ASME “Orr Award” for Early Career Excellence in Fatigue, Fracture, and Creep, and the 2016 Science awards from the ONR/ECI.
Current Graduate Students

Pulkit Garg

PhD. Student


Chaitanya Kale

PhD. Student

Soundarya Srinivasan

PhD. Student

Vikrant Beura

PhD. Student

Piyush Haluai

PhD. Student


Current Undergraduate Students

Brian Chang

Undergraduate - FURI


PhD. students

Mehul Bhatia

PhD. Fall 2014

@ Assistant Teaching Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

Dissertation: Role of impurities on the deformation of a HCP crystal: A multi-scale study

Ilaksh Adlakha

PhD. Summer 2015

@ Assistant Professor, IIT-Madras

Dissertation: Role of defect interactions with embrittlement species in Iron: A multiscale perspective

Mansa Rajagopalan

PhD. Fall 2016

@ LAM Research

Dissertation: Design of Stable Nanocrystalline Materials for Extreme Applications

Scott Turnage

PhD. Fall 207

@ Army Research Lab

Dissertation: Anomalous Dynamic Behavior of Stable Nanograined Materials

Benyamin Gholami Bazehhour

PhD. Spring 2018




M.S. students

Jason Simmons

M.S. Spring 2011

Thesis: “Crystal Plasticity Modeling of Dynamic Recrystallization in an AZ31 Mg Alloy Using an Internal State Variable Approach”

@ NCode

Suratej Potula

M.S. Spring 2012

Thesis: “Safety Counter Measures: Study of Out of Position (OOP) Air Bag Deployment and Passenger Impact”

@ Ford Motor

Vivek Mukundan

M.S. Spring 2013

Shruti Parkar

M.S. Spring 2013

@Ceco Environmental (Fisher Klosterman Inc.)

Nicholas Ramseyer

M.S. Student Spring 2014

@ Raytheon

Nitin Muthegowda

M.S. Student Summer 2015



Undergraduate students

Jordan Walker

Undergraduate - Honors Thesis, Spring 2013

Erik Booker

Undergraduate - ASU/NASA Space Grant, 2012-2013

Gregory Jones

Undergraduate - FURI Student

Desiree Sherant

Undergraduate: FURI 2014

Joseph Hanson

Undergraduate - FURI

@ Intel

Ian Horvath

Undergraduate - FURI



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