Prasanna Balachandran headshot

Prasanna Venkata Balachandran

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Office location and address
395 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India, B.E. Metallurgical Engineering, 2007
Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA, Ph.D. Materials Science & Engineering, 2011
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, Postdoctoral researcher, 2014
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA, Postdoctoral researcher, 2017

My interests are in materials informatics, density functional theory, machine learning, bayesian inference, and optimal design methods applied to accelerate the search and discovery of novel 2D materials, alloys, ferroic and electronic materials.

First principles Calculations of Optical Properties for Minimizing the Radiative Heat Flux in Thermal and Environmental Barrier Coating Materials
Source: U.S. DOD - Navy - Office Of Naval Research (Onr)
May 01, 2021 – April 30, 2025
High Entropy Rare-earth Oxide (HERO) Coatings for Refractory Alloys
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
May 06, 2021 – November 05, 2022
Ultrasmall skyrmion synthesis guided by high throughput computational materials discovery to advance texitronics
Source: U.S. DOD - Darpa
February 01, 2018 – September 11, 2022
Using Bayesian Inference to Improve the Analytical Eagar-Tsai Model with Implications in Additive Manufacturing of Metals - Fellowship on behalf of Brendan Whalen
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
July 01, 2021 – August 31, 2022
Accelerated Design of Ultra-Low Density High Entropy Alloys for Extreme Environments using Artificial Intelligence and Density Functional Theory
Source: U.S. DOD - Army - Aro
August 01, 2020 – July 31, 2022
Accelerating the Development of CMAS and Sulfate-Induced Hot Corrosion Resistant Materials through Machine Learning
Source: Materials Research & Design
June 08, 2020 – December 08, 2020
MSE 2090: Introduction to Materials Science
Credits: 3
The field of Materials Science drives technological innovations underlying all engineering fields. This course provides a scientific foundation to promote a rigorous understanding of materials from an atomistic to macroscopic viewpoint. Material systems (polymers, metals, ceramics, and electronic) are developed sequentially to provide a framework to explain the fundamental, physical origins of observable and important macro scale properties.
MAE 3420: Computational Methods in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Credits: 3
Introduces numerical modeling concepts used in engineering simulation tools like computational fluid dynamics and structural mechanics analysis software. Topics covered include discretization methods of partial differential equations, numerical solutions of linear matrix equations, and relaxation techniques for solving stiff equation sets. As part of the course, students will use Matlab, CFD, and mechanical analysis tools.
MSE 4592: Special Topics in Materials Science
Credits: 3
Advanced undergraduate course on topics not normally covered in other course offerings. The topic usually reflects new developments in the materials science and engineering field. Offerings are based on student and faculty interests.
MSE 4960: Special Project in Materials Science and Engineering
Credits: 1–6
A fourth year project in MSE, under the supervision of a faculty member, is designed to give undergraduate students an application of principles learned in the classroom. The work may be experimental or computational, and the student is expected to become proficient in techniques used to process, characterize, or model materials. The project should make use of design principles in the solution of a problem. Six hours in lab per week, notebook. Prerequisite: 4th year standing and prior approval by a faculty member who is project supervisor.
MAE 6592: Special Topics in Mechanical and Aerospace Science: Intermediate Level
Credits: 1–3
Study of a specialized, advanced, or exploratory topic relating to mechanical or aerospace engineering science, at the first-graduate-course level. May be offered on a seminar or a team-taught basis. Subjects selected according to faculty interest. New graduate courses are usually introduced in this form. Specific topics and prerequisites are listed in the Course Offering Directory.
MSE 6592: Topics in Material Science
Credits: 3
A study of special subjects related to developments in materials science under the direction of members of the staff. Offered as required under the guidance of a faculty member.
MAE 8897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For master's students.
MSE 8999: Masters Degree Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
MAE 9897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.
MSE 9999: PHD Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.