Ernest Cockrell, Sr. Chair in Engineering #1
Professor Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Aluru joined the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in August 2021. He is also a core faculty member in the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences. He received the B.E. degree from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, India, in 1989, the M.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 1991, and the Ph.D. degree from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 1995. He was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, from 1995 to 1997. He was on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1998 to 2021.
Dr. Aluru’s general area of research is computational nanotechnology. His group works on the development of multiscale methods combining quantum, atomistic, mesoscale and continuum scales, and application of multiscale methods to study physics of nanofluidics, bionanotechnology, nanomaterials/nanoelectromechanical systems, and soft matter. Some of the applications his group works on include water desalination, nanopower generation, DNA sequencing, protein recognition, 2D materials-based chemical and biological sensing, CO2 reduction, energy storage, etc.