Faculty Profile

BIOGRAPHY

  • Ph.D., Graduate Aerospace Laboratories, California Institute of Technology, 2011
  • M.S., Graduate Aerospace Laboratories, California Institute of Technology, 2006
  • Bachelor of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 2005

Phanish Suryanarayana joined the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in August 2011. He received his B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in 2005. He obtained his M.S. in Aeronautics from California Institute of Technology in 2006. Subsequently, he received his Ph.D. in Aeronautics from California Institute of Technology in 2011 for his thesis titled "Coarse-graining Kohn-Sham Density Functional Theory". His research interests are in the areas of multiscale modeling, ab-initio calculations, density functional theory, continuum mechanics and smart materials. Overall, he is interested in developing efficient numerical methods for solving problems arising in a variety of fields. On a personal level, Dr. Suryanarayana is a sports enthusiast. He plays badminton, cricket, waterpolo, and ultimate frisbee. He also is an avid gamer (PC) and enjoys playing bridge and other board games.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Ab-initio calculations
  • Density Functional Theory (DFT)
  • Multiscale modeling
  • Continuum mechanics
  • Smart materials

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Robert J. Melosh Medal 2010 - awarded to the best student paper in nite-element analysis
  • Rolf D. Buhler Memorial Award in Aeronautics 2006, California Institute of Technology - awarded to an aeronautics student for outstanding academic achievement in the Master's program
  • Russell R. Vought Fellowship 2005, California Institute of Technology
  • Indian National Physics Olympiad 2001 - awarded a certi cate of merit for qualifying through the National Standard Examination in Physics 2001 and selected as one of 300 students in India selected to appear for the Indian National Physics Olympiad 2001
  • Indian National Mathematics Olympiad 2000 - awarded a certi cate of merit for qualifying through the Karnataka Regional Mathematical Olympiad 2000 and was one of 400 students in India selected for the Indian National Mathematics Olympiad 2000
  • Certi cate of Merit 1999 - awarded by the Central Board of Secondary Education to the top 0.1 % of candidates in the All India Secondary School Certi cate Examination (AISSCE) 1999 in Mathematics; invited by the Council of Scienti c and Industrial Research for a three-day camp at one of its labs for outstanding performance in AISSCE 1999

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Suryanarayana, P., 2013. Optimized Puri cation for Density Matrix Calculation. Chemical Physics Letters 555, 291-295.
  • Suryanarayana, P., Bhattacharya, K., Ortiz, M., 2013. Coarse-graining Kohn-Sham Density Functional Theory. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 61(1), 3860.
  • Suryanarayana, P., Bhattacharya, K., 2012. Evolution of polarization and space charges in semiconducting ferroelectrics. Journal of Applied Physics, 111, 034109.
  • Suryanarayana, P., Bhattacharya, K., Ortiz, M., 2011. A mesh-free convex approximation scheme for Kohn-Sham density functional theory. Journal of Computational Physics 230 (13), 5226-5238.
  • Suryanarayana, P., Gavini, V., Blesgen, T., Bhattacharya, K., Ortiz, M., 2010. Non-periodic nite-element formulation of Kohn-Sham density functional theory. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. 58(2), 256-280.
PRESENTATIONS
  • Society of Engineering Science, Atlanta, 2012.
  • International Workshop on Computational Mechanics of Materials, Baltimore, 2012.
  • 10th World Congress of Computational Mechanics, Sao Paulo, 2012.
  • The 9th AIMS Conference on Dynamical Systems, Di erential Equations and Applications, Or- lando, 2012.
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 2011.