Our People

Principal Investigator

Nikhilesh Chawla
Ransburg Professor Of Materials Engineering
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Eshan Ganju
Post Doc Research Assistant
Projects: Digital image correlation (DIC); digital volume correlation (DVC); X-ray computed tomography (XCT); X-ray diffraction contrast tomography (DCT); Machine learning assisted segmentation; Multiscale behavior of granular materials.

Eshan is originally from India and has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. For his doctoral work, Eshan carried out interdisciplinary research on the multiscale behavior of particulate matter undergoing penetrative processes using Digital Image Correlation analysis and X-ray Computed Tomography. Eshan is passionate about interdisciplinary research and teaching, and in his free time, he enjoys reading, hiking, and playing the guitar.
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Graduate Students

Nicole Balog
Graduate Research Assistant
Projects: Characterization of structures and mechanical response in natural honeycomb

Nicole is from Northern Virginia and first came to Purdue for her Bachelors in Materials Engineering before staying for graduate school, joining the Chawla research group in January 2024. She spends her free time baking, cross-stitching, and attending Purdue sporting events.
Min Cho
Cmse Traineeship Fellowship
Projects: Adhesive film attachment in electronic packaging

Min Woo is from Washington, Seattle and earned his B.S. in Bioresource Science and Engineering and M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at University of Washington, Seattle. During his masters, he worked on micro-polymer characterization using Raman Spectroscopy to determine degradation of polymers in water. He enjoys playing the piano, coffee, and traveling in his free time.
Rahul Franklin
Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship Admin
Projects: Characterization of the hexagonal cellular structure of natural honeycomb; Correlative tomography

Rahul Franklin comes from Fort Kochi, a small town in southern India. He completed his bachelor's in metallurgical engineering at the College of Engineering, Pune and later a masters in materials science and engineering from Arizona State University.
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Ankit Kumar
Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship Admin
Projects: Structure and mechanics of natural oxide layers in structural aluminum, effects of thermal cycling on corrosion products, characterization of porous titanium

Ankit is from Bihar, India. He graduated with a Bachelor's in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in 2020 and joined Chawla Research Group in Fall 2021. He enjoys watching movies, travelling, and exploring new places.
Satyaroop Patnaik
Graduate Research Assistant
Projects: Correlative microscopy of microstructure and recycling effects in high-performance aluminum

Satyaroop is from Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India. He graduated with both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Rourkela and joined Chawla Research Group in Spring 2023. He's a metalhead who enjoys cooking recipes from new cuisines and cycling.
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Project: Quantification of corrosion in AA7075; Stress-corrosion cracking of Al and Mg alloys; Analysis of microstructure, corrosion, and reliability in Reactive Additive Manufactured Al alloys

Daniel grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University in 2020. He committed an entire box to board games when he moved to Indiana.
Project: Fatigue of shot peened welds in steel bridge structures

Chezhian is from Chennai, India. He studied manufacturing engineering at Anna University and joined Chawla Research Group in Fall 2023. He's a fan of DC comics, Manchester City FC and Chennai Super Kings cricket.
John Wu
Graduate Research Assistant
Projects: Microstructural evolution and mechanical properties in Pb-free SAC solders

John grew up in Chungli, Taoyuan, Taiwan and received his B.S. from National Central University and M.S. from National Chiao Tung University. He's now pursuing his PhD in Materials Engineering at Purdue. He enjoys playing the guitar, spending time on the Switch, swimming, chucking a Frisbee and keeping an eye on ice cream sales.