Group Leader

Kiran Solanki holds the position of Professor within the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE) at Arizona State University. Before joining ASU, he served as the Associate Director for the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at Mississippi State University. Prof. Solanki earned his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in December 2008.

Prof. Solanki’s research primarily resides at the intersection of solid mechanics and materials science, with a specific focus on characterizing and cultivating structure-property relationships based on microstructures across various length and time scales. His extensive research contributions include co-authoring over 100 journal articles, six book chapters, and more than 35 conference proceedings.

In recognition of his dedication to enhancing the education of engineering students in the field of fatigue technology, Prof. Solanki received the prestigious SAE Henry O. Fuch Award from the SAE Fatigue Design & Evaluation Committee. In 2011, he was honored with the TMS Light Metals Magnesium Best Fundamental Research Paper Award for his innovative work on predicting deformation and failure behavior in magnesium alloys through a multiscale modeling approach. More recently, he has earned several awards, including 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

Saurabh Sharma, PhD. Student: Materials Science and Engineering

Antriksh Sharma, PhD. Student: Materials Science and Engineering

Yashaswini Karanth, PhD. Student: Materials Science and Engineering


Mehul Bhatia

PhD. Mechanical Engineering (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. Mechanical Engineering (Summer 2015)

@ Assistant Professor, IIT-Madras

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

Mansa Rajagopalan

PhD. Materials Science and Engineering (Fall 2016)

@ LAM Research

Dissertation: Design of Stable Nanocrystalline Materials for Extreme Applications

Scott Turnage

PhD. Mechanical Engineering (Fall 2017)

@ Army Research Lab

Dissertation: Anomalous Dynamic Behavior of Stable Nanograined Materials

Benyamin Gholami Bazehhour

PhD. Mechanical Engineering (Spring 2018)


Dissertation: Multiscale Modeling of Oxygen Impurity Effects on Macroscopic Deformation and Fatigue Behavior of Commercially Pure Titanium 

Pulkit Garg

PhD. Student: Materials Science and Engineering (Fall 2019)

@Postdoc UCI

Dissertation: The Effect of Defects on Functional Properties of Niobium for Superconducting Radio-Frequency Cavities: A First-Principles Study

Chaitanya Kale

PhD. Student: Materials Science and Engineering (Fall 2019)


Dissertation: Design of a Thermally Stable Nano-crystalline Alloy with Superior Tensile Creep and Fatigue Behavior

Soundarya Srinivasan

PhD. Student: Materials Science and Engineering (Summer 2021)


Dissertation: Structural stability and radiation tolerance of nanocrystalline Cu-Ta for extreme applications

Vikrant Beura

PhD. Student: Materials Science and Engineering (Summer 2022)


Dissertation: Role of solid-state processing induced deformation and microstructural variation on corrosion behavior of light-weight alloys