Author: Integrated Material Systems Lab

Dr. Sundaresan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He directs the research work and thesis of students enrolled in doctoral, masters and undergraduate honors program in mechanical engineering. He has a Ph.D., in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and graduated from Prof. Donald J. Leo's group in May 2007. His doctoral thesis 'Biological Ion Transporters as Gating Devices for Chemomechanical and Chemoelectrical Energy Conversion' explored the use of transmembrane proteins to design micro hydraulic actuators and energy conversion systems.

Sundaresan receives Lumley Research Award

Prof. Sundaresan received 2018 Lumley Research Award, and was recognized in the College of Engineering 21st Distinguished Faculty Awards ceremony on April 26, 2018.

The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering states that “The Lumley Engineering Research Awards are presented to a select group of outstanding researchers in the College of Engineering who have shown exceptional activity and success in pursuing new knowledge of a fundamental or applied nature.”

A link to the announcement is available at the link.

Best Student Presentation Award

Congratulations to Prasant Vijayaraghavan for receiving the best student presentation award in Smart Vehicle Concepts Center semi-annual meeting on March 1, 2018. The award recognizes student presenters at the center meetings, and Prasant is recognized for his research presentation in the previous center meeting held on 2nd, 3rd September, 2017.

Prasant is the student researcher working on a center Project 52 sponsored by Parker Hannifin Corporation, and titled – “Design of matrix and particulates for simulcure 3D printing technique”.

More information on this project can be found on


New Research Project – SVC

We are pleased to welcome Parker Hannifin Corporation to Smart Vehicle Concepts center, and are glad to announce the initiation of a new project titled ‘Design of Matrix Materials and Additive Components for Simulcure 3D Printing’.

Smart Vehicle Concepts center is an NSF I/UCRC funded research center at The Ohio State University. More information about SVC is available at


New Projects – Announcements

We are pleased to announce new collaborations and research awards from NASA and Army Research Office on structural composites. Official announcements and award abstracts are available at the following links:

NASA Phase-I STTR  – Structural-Health Aware Failure-Tolerant Engineered to Respond (SAFER) Additively Manufactured Systems

ARO Phase-I SBIR – Self-Rerouting and Curative Interconnect Technology (SERCUIT)


Candidacy Exam – Congratulations

Travis Hery – a graduate student in the lab defended his thesis plans and successfully passed the candidacy exam. His thesis titled “Development of Pore Spanning Conducting Polymer as a Reversible Shutdown Membrane Separators for Li-ion Batteries” will continue to investigate the application of ionic redox transistors as shutdown membrane separators.

Congratulations Travis!

Candidacy Exam – Congratulations

Srivatsava Krishnan – a graduate student in the lab defended his thesis plans and successfully passed the candidacy exam. His thesis titled “Effect of Interfacial Adhesion on the Luminance of Mechanoluminescent Smart Structures” will continue to investigate the optical multifunctional structures for structural design, health monitoring and prognosis.

Congratulations Srivats!