By Giorgina Paiella
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering welcomes Dr. Manoj Kumar Mahapatra to its teaching faculty. After graduating with a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2009, Dr. Mahapatra has since served as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Research Professor with the Center for Clean Energy Engineering at the University of Connecticut. As of October 2013, he will join the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as an Assistant Professor in-Residence.
Dr. Mahapatra is the author/co-author of over 25 peer-reviewed articles, one book chapter, and one patent. He has also served as an associate editor for the Journal of Undergraduate Materials Research during his doctoral study at Virginia Tech. His research interests include the development of energy-materials, eco-materials, and ultra-high temperature ceramics and glass, fundamental understanding of structure-property relations and materials degradation, and mitigation of materials degradation to improve device/system reliability. Dr. Mahapatra’s current research is focused on functional ceramics, glass, and composites for advanced energy applications. He has invented a thermo-chemically stable glass suitable for high temperature (≥800°C) hermetic sealing and coating suitable for diverse applications. Dr. Mahapatra states, “Fundamental and applied research in diverse fields, team spirit, and the opportunity for contributing to foundational research and preparing future professionals are the driving forces to joining MSE at UConn. I am looking forward to applying my knowledge in the areas of advanced energy systems, sustainability, and high temperature structural applications, and I am also very excited to collectively contribute to serve the missions and visions of both the MSE Department and the University at large.”