Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Avinash Dongare, has been named the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Professor in Engineering Innovation. The professorship was established in 2000 to “recognize exceptional achievements among young faculty exemplifying excellence in the areas of research productivity and impact, teaching contributions, and service contributions and are at the very top of their area of research.” The appointment carries a three-year funding award of $5,000 per year for professional development and growth.
“I am immensely humbled and honored to be selected as the United Technologies Corporation Professor in Engineering Innovation in the School of Engineering. This is a recognition for my collaborators, teachers/mentors and for the scientific pursuit and hard work of the students and researchers in my group,” Dr. Dongare says in response to his appointment to the professorship.
Dr. Dongare joined the faculty of UConn in 2012 as an assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department with an appointment in the Institute of Materials Science. His research at UConn focuses on the development and application of advanced materials modeling methods to investigate structure-property relationships of materials as well as the evolution of microstructure at scales ranging from atomic scales to mesoscales in various environments and unravel the links between the microstructure, properties, processing and performance of materials.
His current projects are based on density functional theory (DFT), molecular dynamics (MD), Monte Carlo (MC) simulations and machine learning (ML) methods and mesoscale modeling methods. Of particular relevance is my development of the mesoscale modeling method called “quasi-coarse-grained dynamics” (QCGD) that scales up the capability of MD simulations to model materials behavior at the mesoscales to model microstructural evolution at the time and length scales of experiments.
As a result of his research, Dr. Dongare has secured external funding as principle investigator (PI) or co-PI from the National Science Foundation (NSF), US Army Research Office (ARO), US Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Pratt and Whitney (PW) and the Department of Energy (DOE). Of particular importance is the recognition of his contributions through the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2015 and a Center for Research Excellence award funded by DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). He was also the recipient of the prestigious National Research Council (NRC) – Research Associateship Award from the US Army Research Office for post-doctoral research and was the recipient of the 2015 Young Leaders Professional Development Award from The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS).
“I extend my sincere gratitude towards Department Head Bryan Huey for this nomination and Dean Kazem Kazerounian and the committee for this recognition,” says Dr. Dongare.