Lab Members

Principle Investigator


Dr. Sid Pathak

Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

2220BP Hoover Hall

528 Bissell Road

Ames, IA 50011-1096

Phone: 515-294-9280


Postdoctoral Fellow



Kevin Jacob

I am a Postdoctoral researcher at Iowa State University working along with Dr. Sid Pathak. I completed my PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay under the guidance of Prof. Nagamani Jaya Balila in the Micro Mechanics of Materials lab.

During my PhD I worked on the deformation as well as precipitation behaviour of severe plastically deformed Maraging steels. I have used the transmission electron microscope and the atom probe tomography tools to characterize the effect of deformation on the nanometre sized precipitates. Understanding strain localization and planar slip behaviour in Maraging steels through digital image correlation was another aspect into which I obtained proficiency over the course of my PhD. Stress localizations on the differently shaped precipitates observed were also modelled using finite element simulations.

For my Postdoctoral research period at ISU, I intend to work more extensively on the nano scale deformation behaviour that Dr. Sid and his group are extensively skilled in, along with bringing to the table the nano level characterization tools that I am more adept with to get a better picture of the deformation behaviour.

Apart from research, I love to trek and travel along with playing any sort of sports in which I could get myself involved.

Graduate Students

Materials Science and Engineering


Manish Kumar

I am a PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University, Ames. I developed interest in research during an internship at the Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Madras. After that, I was awarded a summer research fellowship by the Indian Academic of Science, India. My research during 3rd year of undergrad study was focused on “Development of Ceramic Matrix Composite Coating on Metal Substrate by lases cladding”. In Final Year, I worked on the piezoelectric performance of Electrospun Poly(Vinylidene Fluoride) non-wovens.

Currently, I am pursuing my PhD under the guidance of Dr. Sid Pathak. My research is focused on the local structure-property relationships of solders in Terrestrial vs. Microgravity environments.

Apart from my research, I like to go hiking, long-distance biking, and playing cricket & badminton. I spend my free time reading books and watching sci-fi videos.

Skye Supakul

I am a Material Science and Engineering graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno with a nuclear materials emphasis and a minor in batteries and energy storage technologies.

Prior to graduating, I was conducting research with the Chemistry Department on carbon dioxide fuel cell catalysts on carbon substrates for enhanced product selectivity. My interests include performing research on new and advanced materials for the storage and containment of energy systems. I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering under the guidance of Dr. Pathak.

Apart from my studies and research, I enjoy hiking, cooking, drawing portraits, and going to various coffee shops. I like to volunteer at the local Thai temple and help my community to promote diversity and education. I find pleasure in trying various new cuisines, and I hope that in the future, I may be able to travel around the world to experience their culture and food.

Olajesu Olanrewaju

I am a Metallurgical and Materials Engineering graduate from the Federal University of Technology, Akure. My undergraduate thesis was on the effect of Silver Nanoparticles on the corrosion behavior of selected steels in an acidic environment. I was awarded the most outstanding student of my departmental graduating class. After graduation, I picked up a research assistantship position at Advanced Materials and Electrochemical Research Group.

I am currently running a Ph.D. program under the tutelage of Dr. Sid Pathak. My research interest is in the experimental plan of micro-mechanical testing on tantalum single and poly-crystals.

In my leisure time, I watch anime, visit friends, and go shopping. I also attend prayer meetings and bible study meetings. I love graphic design, tourism, and philosophy. As an Otaku, my dream is to one day visit Japan and experience the culture.



Niraj Pramod Atale

I am a Material Science Engineering Ph.D. student at Iowa State University with B.S. and M.S. (Dual Degree) in Physics, with a final year project in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal, India.

I am currently involved with multilevel physical experiments to understand the effect of different factors such as alloying, grain structure, crystallographic texture, temperature, and strain rate on plastic deformation and damage evolution.

Besides research, I enjoy playing video games. I also enjoy listening to the 1960s and 70s Bollywood songs. In 2021, I found out that I really love to fort hike. I love to visit new places, meet new people, have conversations about different cultures and draw similarities to my own culture. My dream is to visit every state and major attraction in the USA.


Uddeshya Shukla

I am a Doctoral student in Material Science and engineering department at Iowa State University. I have completed my Integrated dual degree Bachelors and Master’s from National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India in the department of Metallurgical and materials engineering. In my masters I have worked in many diversified areas specifically 2D materials and their nanocomposites. I had prepared their samples by powder metallurgy route and studied about enhancement of properties by different characterization techniques such as electron microscopy. Apart from that I have worked on computational material science and self-healing materials (SMAs).

Apart from academics, I love travelling and exploring different places their culture and tradition. I am a gadget enthusiast. I dream of exploring most of the places on almost all the continents. I also love cooking Indian cuisines. I do keep a lot of interest in finance and geopolitics.

Amruta Vaghela

I completed my Bachelor of Technology in mechanical engineering from the MKSSS’s Cummins College of Engineering for Women, Pune, India. After graduating in 2021, I worked with Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) for two years where I developed an interest in biomaterials. As a Ph.D student in materials science and engineering, I would like to focus my research in the area of biomaterials where I would like to explore their different mechanical properties at smaller length scales.

I am a cinephile and I enjoy writing about films in my free time. I like to write essays and analysis’ on topics and film characters that interest me. I am also an avid theatre lover and like to explore different aspects of the art during my free time.

Undergraduate Students

Materials Science and Engineering


Soren Hellyer

I am an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Materials Engineering at Iowa State. I came to Iowa State because of all the research opportunities and the beautiful campus. The materials program at Iowa State was very encouraging because of its helpful staff, great facilities, and plenty of research opportunities. I am working under Dr. Sid Pathak & Manish Kumar on the structures and properties of solders produced in Terrestrial vs. Microgravity environments project.


Outside of my studies, I like to play board games. My weekends are often spent watching and playing soccer. I love listening to music and playing trumpet in the Iowa State Symphonic Band.


Caleb M Ogden

I am an undergraduate student in the Materials Engineering at Iowa State University. I am currently working with Dr. Sid Pathak’s research group as an undergraduate research assistant studying the properties of lead based and lead-free solder produced terrestrially and in micro-gravity environments.


Outside of my studies I enjoy board games, camping, spending time with friends and playing the Cello.


Joshua Dejohn

I am an undergraduate studying Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University. I am working with Dr. Pathak and Skye Supakul on the Engineering Metal-MAX phase Multilayered Nanolaminates project. Outside of school I like to play basketball, travel and read.

Joshua Kamp

I am an undergraduate student at Iowa State studying Aerospace Engineering. Since high school, I’ve been learning to engineer, and I am ready to take my skills to the field. I am working with Dr. Sid Pathak & Manish Kumar on the structures and properties of solders produced in Terrestrial vs. Microgravity environments project.


Outside of class and research, I love to go camping, play games with friends both online and in person, and enjoy all forms of music.

Noah Madison

I am an undergraduate student pursuing my dream of becoming an Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University. I came to Iowa State University because of the great academic and career opportunities for Aerospace Engineers. I am currently working under Dr. Sid Pathak and Ph.D. student Manish Kumar on researching the local structure-property relationships of solders in Terrestrial vs. Microgravity environments.


Outside of my studies, I live an active lifestyle. I enjoy exercising, playing sports, and spending time outdoors.





Dr. Sezer Picak

Post Doctorate

Dr. Manish Jain

Ph. D.

Dr. Soumya Varma


Dr. Cayla Harvey

Ph. D.

Deeksha Kodangal

M. Eng.

Anugraha TK

M. Eng

Noah Meyer

B. Eng.

Melanie Michel

B. Eng.

Jonathan Gutierrez

B. Eng.

Yi Teng Lee

B. Eng.

Cordero Nuanez

B. Eng.

Cody Falconer

B. Eng.

Ethan Skemp

B. Eng. 

Nicholas Oldham

B. Eng. 

Landon Hickman

B. Eng.