GSAG Member Directory

Krishna Sankar

Co-President

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Krishna is a 3rd year PhD student in MSE working under the guidance of Prof. Singh.  Krishna’s research involves studying corrosion of materials in molten fluoride salts which are candidate coolants for Molten Salt Nuclear Reactors (MSR) and Concentrated Solar Power Plants (CSP).  In addition to his research and GSAG work, Krishna enjoys listening to music and going for long walks.


Julia Allen

Co-President

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Julia is a 5th year PhD and MBA candidate working for Dr. Jud Ready in the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory at Georgia Tech Research Institute.  Her research focuses on energy storage and delivery, primarily for aerospace applications, fabricated using carbon nanotubes, thin films, and ionic liquids.


Rupesh Rajendran

Mentorship

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Rupesh is a 4th year Ph.D. student working for Dr. Preet Singh in the Corrosion and Materials Chemistry Research Lab. His research focuses on understanding the effects of post-processing treatments on microstructure, corrosion, and mechanical behavior of additively manufactured aluminum alloys. In his free time, Rupesh likes to bike along the Atlanta trails, travel, or go for a hike.


Taylor Sloop

Mentorship, Recruitment

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Taylor is a 2nd year PhD student in MSE working for Dr. Josh Kacher and Dr. Naresh Thadhani studying the effects of heterogeneities in the microstructure of additively manufactured stainless steels under dynamic tensile loading. In her free time, Taylor enjoys knitting and reading.


Diana LaFollette

Recruitment

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Diana is a 1st year PhD student working for Dr. Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena in the Energy Materials Laboratory at Georgia Tech. Her research focuses on the structure-property relationships of lead halide perovskites for applications in perovskite solar cells. Outside of research, Diana enjoys running, playing with her golden retriever mix, and exploring new hikes around Atlanta.


Matthew Kaminow

Recruitment

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Matthew is a first year PhD student working in Dr. Rosario Gerhardt’s lab. He got his BS in Materials Science from the University of Maryland in 2021. Matthew now studies the electrical properties of a variety of materials using impedance spectroscopy at varied temperature and humidity conditions. When not in the lab, he enjoys games on boards and video, as well as hiking and spending quality time with his friends.


Sathyanarayan Jaishankar

Community Events

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Sathyanarayan is a 2nd year PhD student in the MSE department working under the guidance of Dr. Donggang Yao. His research involves processing of metallic alloys into a thixotropic material capable of being 3D printed using FDM techniques. His interests include adventurous outdoor activities, exploring new places, driving, and getting heartbroken over Faze Clan’s dismal performances in CSGO.


Pavithra Kuppakone

Community Events

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Pavithra is a first year MS student working in Dr. Madhavan Swaminathan’s Packaging Research Center, co-advised by Dr. Mark Losego. She is currently working on the optimization of fabrication techniques for Cu-to-Cu interconnections at the chip-substrate level packaging. Apart from that, she’s into memes, music, and politics.


Joe Kern

TA System

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Joe is a 2nd year PhD student in Dr. Rampi Ramprasad’s lab. He received his undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Computer Science from UW-Madison. Joe enjoys coding as both a hobby and for his research, and is a big fan of grapefruit.