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

  • NSF CAREER Award 2016
  • Robert J. Melosh Medal 2010 - awarded to the best student paper in finite-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 certificate 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 certificate 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
  • Certificate of Merit 1999 - awarded by the Central Board of Secondary Education to the top 0.1 % of candidates in the All India Secondary School Certificate Examination (AISSCE) 1999 in Mathematics; invited by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research for a three-day camp at one of its labs for outstanding performance in AISSCE 1999

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Ghosh, S., Suryanarayana, P., 2017. SPARC: An efficient and accurate finite-difference formulation and implementation of Density Functional Theory: Isolated clusters. Computer Physics Communications, 212C, 189-204.
  • Banerjee, A., Suryanarayana, P., 2016. Cyclic Density Functional Theory: A route to the first principles simulation of bending in nanostructures. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 96, 605-631.
  • Pratapa, P. P., Suryanarayana, P., 2016. On numerically predicting the onset and mode of instability in atomistic systems. Mechanics Research Communications, 78, 27-33.
  • Banerjee, A. S., Suryanarayana, P., Pask, J. E., 2016. Periodic Pulay method for robust and efficient convergence acceleration of self-consistent field iterations. Chemical Physics Letters, 647, 31-35.
  • Ghosh, S., Suryanarayana, P., 2016. Higher-order finite-difference formulation of periodic Orbital-free Density Functional Theory. Journal of Computational Physics, 307, 634-652.
PROCEEDINGS
  • Shaikh, M. G., Suryanarayana, P., Sivakumar, S. M., 2006. Domain switching criteria for tetrag- onal phase ferroelectrics: A comparative study. Computational Methods. Springer Netherlands, 1615-1619.
  • Suryanarayana, P., Shaikh, M. G., Sivakumar, S. M., 2005. Switch toughening of ferroelectrics, Proceedings of the International conference on Smart materials structures and systems 2005.
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.