Group Leader

Dr. K. Solanki is a Professor at Arizona State University’s School for Engineering of Matter, Transport, and Energy (SEMTE), and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Previously, he served as Associate Director for the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at Mississippi State University, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2008.

Dr. Solanki’s research group explores process-structure-property relationships across various scales, focusing on developing advanced multifunctional materials capable of withstanding extreme conditions like radiation, high strain rates, fatigue, and creep. He has coauthored over 100 journal articles and numerous conference proceedings.

His contributions have garnered significant recognition. Dr. Solanki received the SAE Henry O. Fuch Award from the SAE Fatigue Design & Evaluation Committee for his efforts in promoting engineering education in fatigue technology. His work on multiscale modeling for predicting deformation and failure behavior in magnesium alloys earned him the TMS Light Metals Magnesium Best Fundamental Research Paper Award in 2011. In 2013, he was honored with the TMS Light Metals Division Young Leader Professional Development Award, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Award, and the ASME “Orr Award” for Early Career Excellence in Fatigue, Fracture, and Creep. In 2016, he received the Science Prize from the ONR/ECI

Current Graduate Students

Saurabh Sharma, PhD. Student: Materials Science and Engineering

Antriksh Sharma, PhD. Student: Mechanical 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