Prasanna V. Balachandran


Professional Preparation

B.E. Metallurgical Engineering                       PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India (2007) 
Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering       Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA (2011)  
Postdoctoral Researcher                                 Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA (2012-2014)
Postdoctoral Researcher                                 Los Alamos National Laboratory , Los Alamos, NM, USA (2014-2017)


Assistant Professor                                        University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA (2017-present)

Awards & Recognitions

Finalist in Rising Star in Computational Materials Science (2019).
NSF Summer Institute Fellowship to attend the Materials Genome short course (2013).
Research Excellence Award recognizing "best of the best" PhD Thesis, Iowa State University (Fall 2011).

    Graduate Students

    • Timothy Hartnett


      Name (last, first) : Hartnett, Timothy 
      Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah 
      Currently pursuing: Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering
      Degree: Bachelor of Science 
      Institution: University of Utah 
      Major: Physical Chemistry 
      Favorite element: Lead (Pb) 
      Favorite structure: Face Centered Cubic (FCC) with a Body Centered Cubic (BCC) sublattice 
      Favorite vim/emacs command: C-h 
      Research interests (two lines max): Simplifying novel material development by integrating machine learning algorithms into computational material science, namely density functional theory (DFT).

    • Mukil Ayyasamy


      Name (last, first) : Ayyasamy, Mukil 
      Hometown: Chennai, India 
      Currently pursuing: Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering
      Degree: Master of Science
      Institution: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras 
      Major: Mechanical Engineering 
      Favorite element: Nickel (Ni) 
      Favorite space group: Fm$\bar{3}$m (no. 225) 
      Favorite structure: Face Centered Cubic (FCC) 
      Favorite vim/emacs command: C-x 3 
      Research interests (two lines max): Relating molecular structures to macroscopic properties using DFT and machine learning.

    • Undergraduate Students

      • Brendan Whalen
      • Konstantinos Vlamis
      • Rohan Taneja
      • Conor Frymire


    • Post-doctoral Fellows:

      Dr. Shruba Gangopadhyay (Sep 2018 to Dec 2019), Applied Materials


    • Undergraduate Students:

      • Victoria Nilsson
      • Rahim Zaman
      • Shivank Shukla