Sinha Group

Principal Investigator

Sanjiv Sinha

Sanjiv Sinha

Sanjiv Sinha received the B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi in 1999 along with the Institute Silver Medal. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2001 and 2005 respectively. While at Stanford, Dr. Sinha was a Herbert Kunzel Stanford Graduate Fellow from 1999-2002 and an Intel Ph.D. fellow from 2003-2004. Subsequently, he joined Intel Corporation's Corporate Technology Group and was a research engineer at Intel's Systems Technology Lab in Hillsboro and later at Intel Research Berkeley. Dr. Sinha moved back to academia as a research engineer at the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. He joined the Mechanical Science & Engineering Department at UIUC as an Assistant Professor in July 2008. Dr. Sinha is a recipient of the NSF CAREER (2010) and the DARPA-Young Faculty awards (2011).

Graduate students


Manjunath C. Rajagopal (

I received my Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Energy Technology from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. At undergrad, I worked on modeling viscoelastic liquids using computational fluid dynamics for tribology studies. My current research hovers around thermomechanical design optimization of metal-polymer heat exchanger pipes; characterization of 2D thermoelectric materials, and intracellular measurements using micro-and nano-fabricated devices. Apart from research, in my free time, I like to play badminton, and take long drives.


Arpit Kumar Dwivedi (

Arpit received his Bachelors degree from IIT Kharagpur in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering in 2017. He works on developing new materials and systems for heat storage specially focusing on thermochemical heat storage.


Daniel Hsieh (

Daniel received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is originally from Texas. In addition to other projects his current research involves in measuring thermal conductivity of soft hydrogels for heat storage applications and understanding thermal transport in thin films of diamond. In his free time he enjoys bicycling, playing violin, and reading poetry.


Lakshmi Amulya N. (

Amulya joined our group in Summer'18. She received her Masters from Purdue University and Bachelors from Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Her research interests include experimental and numerical heat transfer with focus on characterization of thermal transport. At Purdue, she has worked on understanding thermal characteristics of lithium ion batteries and their effect on the battery life and efficiency. Currently, her research focuses primarily on the thermoelectrical characterization of 2D materials such as MoS2.


Rifat Mahmud (

Rifat received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh. His research interests focus on micro/nanoscale energy transport, thermal management of electronics and thermal energy storage systems. In Masters, he studied thermal transport properties of nano-gap confined liquid using Molecular Dynamics Simulations. Currently, he is working on energy and entropy transport across atomically thin Junctions of 2D materials. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, playing sports, and hanging out with friends.


Akhilesh Somani (

Akhilesh graduated with a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) and an Honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay in 2019. He has previously worked at the University of California at Berkeley and University of Maryland at College Park as a summer intern in 2017 and 2018, respectively. He is currently a master's student at UIUC and is working on the manufacturing of the novel metal-polymer hybrid heat exchanger. In his free time, he loves to go to the gym and watch TV shows.


Shuvankar Goswami (


Undergraduate Researchers

  • Luis Cova, B.S. MechSE

Group Alumni

Name Degree Currently
Gowtham Kuntumalla M.S. (2020) Forest Creek Capital, Dallas
Oluseyi Babatola M.S. (2018) Amazon, Seattle
Keith Coulson M.S. (2018) NASA, Houston
Dr. Dhruv Gelda M.S., Ph.D.(2018) VISA Research
Dr. Krishna Vasanth Valavala M.S. (2012), Ph.D.(2017) Intel, Chandler
Dr. Jun Ma M.S. (2012), Ph.D.(2016) Applied Materials, Inc.
Dr. Marc Ghossoub M.S. (2010), Ph.D.(2015) Intel, Hillsboro
Dr. Hongxiang Tian M.S. (2011), Ph.D.(2014) Huaneng Group Clean Energy Research Institute
Dr. Deepak Ganta Post-Doc (2013-14) TAMIU
Hasan Babaei Visiting student (2013-14) University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Jyothi S. Sadhu M.S. (2010), Ph.D.(2013) TriQuint (Qorvo)
Piyush Singh M.S. (2013) Ewoldt Group, UIUC
Dr. Myunghoon Seong Post-Doc (2010-12) King Group, UIUC
Oksen Baris M.S. (2010) KLA Tencor (Lam Research)
Jung-Hyun Lee M.S. (2010) Intel, Chandler
Adreet Agrawal B.S. (2020) NYU
Timothy Man B.S. (2019) Carnegie Mellon
Edward Sun B.S. (2017) Stanford
Muyun Cai B.S. (2014) -
John Seo B.S. (2013) -
Jun-Hwan Kim B.S. (2012) Bahl Group, UIUC
Anando Naquoi B.S. (2010) UIUC
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