MY STUDENTS

Bio-inspired Sustainable Systems Lab (BiSSL)

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I am currently looking for Ph.D. students! If you have an interest in sustainability, bio-inspired design, design and optimization of complex systems, and how to better design sustainable systems – ranging from industrial resources networks to energy, food, and water systems – take a look at some of my previous work and get in touch! Prior MATLAB experience is highly desirable.

Motivated and hardworking undergraduate students are welcome to contact me about possible research opportunities as well. Please take a look through my website to see if my research interests you. MATLAB skills are highly desirable.

Learn more about our research group here…


Current BiSSL Students

Shelby Warrington

Undergraduate mechanical engineering student and Clare Boothe Luce Scholar, Shelby joined our group in Fall 2017. Shelby co-authored a peer-reviewed ASME conference paper during her Junior year titled “Waste Reduction: A review of common options and alternatives.” Shelby was awarded the James J. Cain ’51 Award Fall 2019 by the department.

Colton Brehm

MS mechanical engineering student, Colton joined our group in Spring 2018 as an undergraduate research student. Colton was awarded the J. Mike Walker 66′ Department of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Excellence Fellowship Spring of 2019. Colton also won a graduate travel award to present his first authored paper at the 2019 CIRP Life Cycle Engineering conference at Purdue University, where his paper was a finalist for the Leo Best Paper award.

Abheek Chatterjee

Ph.D. mechanical engineering student Abheek joined our group in Fall 2018 from NIT Warangal, where he spent 2 summers at Georgia Institute of Technology doing research under Dr. Tequila Harris. Abheek was awarded the J. Mike Walker 66′ Department of Mechanical Engineering Emil Buehler Aerodynamic Analog Fellowship Fall of 2019.

Garrett Hairston

Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student Garrett joined our group in Fall 2019. He is a BS/MS student and will complete his MS thesis in the BiSSL group. His interests center around methods to achieve “net-zero” within our society and the general advancement of renewable energy implementation.

Josh Jaynes

Undergraduate mechanical engineering student Josh joined our group in Fall 2019. His research interests center around circular economy and waste-reduction efforts.

Kristina Viro

Undergraduate mechanical engineering student Kristina Viro joined the group Summer 2019. She works with both BiSSL and the INVENT Lab, run by Dr. Cynthia Hipwell, on modeling innovation. Kristina was awarded the J. Mike Walker ’66 Impact Award fall 2019.

Tejas Adsul

MS mechanical engineering student, Tejas joined the BiSSL group in Spring 2020. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India in August 2019, with a Major in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Physics. Tejas is applying his prior work in mathematical modeling and simulation of systems to our project on modeling innovation with Dr. Cynthia Hipwell from the INVENT Lab.


BiSSL Alumni

Tirth Dave

MS mechanical engineering student Tirth joined our group in Spring 2018 from Gujarat Technological University where he was part of a robotics design team, winning 2nd place at the ROBOCON International Robotics Contest. While Tirth is completing his Masters at A&M he also had the opportunity to work as an intern at Volvo. Tirth won 1st place for graduate student engineering presentations in the Spring 2019 Texas A&M Student Research Week for his presentation titled: “Sustainable Water Networks Design: A Bio-inspired Approach.” Tirth also won a graduate travel award to present his first authored paper at the 2019 CIRP Life Cycle Engineering conference at Purdue University. Tirth was awarded the J. Mike Walker 66′ Department of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Fellowship Fall of 2019. Tirth’s MS thesis is titled “DESIGNING ROBUST WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS USING ECOLOGY AS AN INSPIRATION.”

Varuneswara Reddy Panyam

MS mechanical engineering student Varun joined our group in Fall 2017 from Shiv Nadar University. April 2019, Varun became an Associate Fellow in the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Academy for Future Faculty (AFF). Varun was awarded the J. Mike Walker 66′ Department of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Fellowship Spring of 2019. Varun graduated December 2019 with his MS thesis titled “Bio-inspired design for robust power systems.”

Jewel Williams

MS mechanical engineering student, Jewel joined our group in Summer 2018. Jewel won a graduate travel award to present her first authored paper at the 2019 ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference at Penn State Erie. She graduated with her MS (her thesis was titled “Opportunities of Applying System Analysis to the US Waste Management System: Bio-Inspired Solutions for a More Circular Economy”) in August 2019 and joined Meggitt Aerospace as one of their 15 graduate engineers selected for their prestigious leadership program.