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Raunaq Bhirangi – 2017 RIYA Scholar
Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay

“The RIYA program has crystallized my ideas on graduate school. I will definitely look back at this, 10 years down the line, as one of the defining points in my career.”

Raunaq BhirangiRaunaq BhirangiRaunaq Bhirangi is now a fourth-year mechanical engineering student at IIT Bombay, India. His research interests include robotics, nonlinear dynamics, fluid mechanics and analytical mechanics. At IIT Bombay, Bhirangi is pursuing minors in both systems and controls, and computer science.

During his time at Ohio State, Bhirangi developed a system-level, multi-axis experimental identification scheme for elastomeric isolators. Professor Rajendra Singh and Dr. Luke Fredette, an MAE post-doctoral researcher, assisted Bhirangi with his research project, “High Frequency Vibration Isolator Design.”

“The RIYA program has crystallized my ideas on graduate school,” said Bhirangi. “I will definitely look back at this, 10 years down the line, as one of the defining points in my career.” Bhirangi went on to share that the program’s “exposure to research, as well as American culture, was invaluable and comes at the perfect time of my undergraduate study.”


Shashwat Ranjan Chaurasia – 2017 RIYA Scholar
Indian Institute of Technology – Kanpur

“The RIYA program is different from similar programs because it focuses on looking into the problem and exploring the physics of it instead of just getting the results.”

Shashwat Ranjan Chaurasia Shashwat Ranjan Chaurasia Shaswat Ranjan Chaurasia is a mechanical engineering student at IIT Kanpur, India. Chaurasia, who is now a fourth-year undergraduate student, is interested in research that explores automotive engineering, flight vehicle aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, and internal combustion engines.

This summer, Chaurasia’s research project, “Modeling and Simulation of Dynamic Vehicle Response on Low-Friction Surfaces,” was supervised by Professor Rajendra Singh and Post-Doctoral Researcher Luke Fredette.

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His research examined the role of dynamic friction in an effort to determine the transient response of a vehicle. During his time at Ohio State, Chaurasia also developed preliminary simulation models which take vehicle dynamics into account in order to predict the response of a vehicle trying to stop on a variety of surfaces, including icy, snowy and bumpy roads.

“The RIYA program is different from similar programs because it focuses on looking into the problem and exploring the physics of it instead of just getting the results,” said Chaurasia. “I also had the freedom to try things on my own and to steer the project in a particular direction.”


Yashraj Gurumukhi – 2017 RIYA Scholar
Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay

“The RIYA program really enabled me to work on something this important.”

Yashraj GurumukhiYashraj GurumukhiNow as a fourth-year mechanical engineering student at IIT-Bombay, Yashraj Gurumukhi has worked on several technical projects in the electrical engineering field. He is the design engineer on the IIT Bombay Racing team. In this role, Gurumukhi is responsible for the suspension and steering of the team’s electric car, which will participate in the next Formula Student UK competition.

He is interested in thermal and fluid engineering and is especially intrigued by the internal combustion engine. While working on his RIYA research project, “Microfluidic Approach for Studying the Mechanical Determinants of Angiogenesis,” Gurumukhi designed a device to deliver medicine more effectively to blood vessels. He was mentored by Assistant Professor Jonathan Song, Professor Shaurya Prakash, doctoral students Ehsan Akbar and Kaushik Rangharajan, and Griffin Spychalski, a biomedical engineering undergraduate student.

“My favorite aspect of the program is that I got to work on a novel problem statement,” said Gurumukhi. “It was very intriguing research that I was working on and it will have a deep impact in the coming years.”

“The RIYA program really enabled me to work on something this important.”


Priy Ranjan – 2017 RIYA Scholar
Indian Institute of Technology – Madras

“This experience has helped me grow as a researcher and an individual.”

Priy RanjanPriy RanjanPriy Ranjan is now a fifth-year student at IIT Madras, India. In addition to his mechanical engineering degree, Ranjan is minoring in mathematics for computer science. He is currently working under the mentorship of Prof. Chandramouli to improve the ride comfort for three-wheeled vehicles, which are commonly used in India. As an engineer on his college’s racing team, he also designed and manufactured a racecar to compete in the Formula Students India competition.

At Ohio State, Ranjan’s research project, “Non-Linear Dynamics of Wire Rope Isolators,” explored the behavior of systems with wire rope isolators, which are commonly used in aerospace applications. “This experience has helped me grow as a researcher and an individual,” he shared. “I have learned a lot during my internship at Ohio State, and I would like to bring it back to my country.”
He worked with Professor Singh and Dr. Nick Mastricola, an MAE post-doctoral researcher. “I worked very closely with Dr. Nick and Dr. Singh throughout the project,” said Ranjan. “They gave me the freedom to pitch in with my own ideas on how we can go about solving the problem and analyzing the situation. That was very helpful.”


Vishnu Vishal – 2017 RIYA Scholar
Indian Institute of Technology – Guwahati

“I would like to thank Professor Singh for taking the initiative to develop the RIYA program. I learned a lot academically through this process, and I now know how research works."

Vishnu VishalVishnu VishalVishnu Vishal is now a fourth-year mechanical engineering undergraduate student at IIT Guwahati, India. Under the guidance of Professor S.K. Dwivedy, Vishal is designing a bed to improve the quality of life for paralyzed patients in his home country. In 2016, he was awarded the Institute Merit Scholarship (for high ranking in the Departmental) by the Government of India.

His research project, “Conversion of NAD+ to NADH for Bio-Catalysis,” worked to develop a viable method for the regeneration of NAD+, which is imperative for cellular respiration, and NADH, which plays an essential role in energy production. Vishal was advised by Professor Vish Subramaniam, chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Travis Jones, graduate research associate; and Chris Esparza, undergraduate research associate. Vishal’s research will greatly impact the medical field, specifically cancer cell migration and proliferation, the prevention of Type I diabetes and the eradication of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

“I would like to thank Professor Singh for taking the initiative to develop the RIYA program. I learned a lot academically through this process, and I now know how research works,” he said. “I also know the processes that go into participating in a graduate program.”

“I also want to thank Professor Vish,” he added. “He is one of the most motivating professors that I have ever met. You have made me confident in myself and my ability to find results through my research.”

2016 RIYA Scholars

Siddharth Rath - 2016 RIYA Scholar

“As a young researcher, this internship opportunity gave me a broader view and gave me more conviction to pursue a graduate degree.”

Siddharth Rath (seated) collaborates with doctoral student Luke Fredette in Ohio State’s Scott LabSiddharth Rath (seated) collaborates with doctoral student Luke Fredette in Ohio State’s Scott LabSiddharth Rath is a mechanical engineering student at IIT Madras, India.  His research interest is in the area of systems engineering.  Rath is among the top one percent of high school students in India via the Central Board of Secondary Education 12th Board Examination in 2013.   His RIYA Award research project, “Modelling and Characterization of Passive and Adaptive Bushings and Mounts,” under the mentorship of Professor Singh and doctoral student Luke Fredette, involves performing several simulations and employing signal processing techniques to provide more accurate predictions -- and better explain physics of the bushings device.

Rath most enjoyed his interaction with Ohio State’s faculty and scholars in the Acoustics and Dynamics Laboratory where he collaborated with many fellow-researchers from whom he learned a great deal.  “I learned more about subject content but also how research is carried out,” he said.  “As a young researcher, this internship opportunity gave me a broader view and gave me more conviction to pursue a graduate degree,” Rath noted.  “The experience taught me how to do research in a systematic and organized way.”


Aakash Abhishek - 2016 RIYA Scholar

“I have truly enjoyed the overall academic atmosphere at Ohio State and the beautiful campus.” 

From left to right Siddharth Rath, Chahal Neema and Aakash Abhishek From left to right Siddharth Rath, Chahal Neema and Aakash Abhishek Aakash Abhishek is attending IIT Bombay, India as a mechanical design student while working for the student formula car team as a mechanical design engineer in transmission systems.  He is a gold medalist in Indian National Physics Olympiad and in Regional Mathematics Olympiad.   His research interests are in system dynamics and robotics.  At Ohio State, he is conducting research in system identification and modeling, specifically on the analytical modeling of magnetic interactions.

His research project, “Experimental and Dynamic Analysis of Eddy Current Breaking Systems,” under the mentorship of The Ohio State University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Professor and Chair Vish Subramaniam, Professor Emeritus Raj Singh and Assistant Clinical Professor Jason Dreyer, attempts to model the underlying system that governs magnetic coupling.  “The thing I have enjoyed the most is the approachability and enthusiasm of the professors…I have truly enjoyed the overall academic atmosphere at Ohio State and the beautiful campus.”  Abhishek says the RIYA Award internship helped organize and document his research and set goals.  “The internship has benefitted me in becoming a better researcher.”


Chahal Neema - 2016 RIYA Scholar

“This internship has been a true learning experience and has strengthened my research interest in mechanical engineering.”

Chahal Neema is a mechanical engineering student at  IIT Bombay, India and a recipient of the 2014 Undergraduate Research Award at IIT.  His research interests include dynamics and mechanical control, vehicle systems, fluids and thermodynamics and manufacturing processes.  His internship project, “Active and Adaptive Control of Pulsating Pressures in Supercharger Inlet/Outlet Ducts,” under the mentorship of Professor Singh and former doctoral student Joe Plattenburg, is to carry out bench experiments which help validate the computer model and serve as a proof of concept for active resonance control.  He considers Ohio State’s research labs among the best in the world, including the Gear and Transmission Research Laboratory, the Acoustics and Dynamics Laboratory and the Center for Automotive Research

“My internship experience has been a complete package,” Neema commented.  He says the experience has taught him that understanding and formulating a problem the right way is more important than solving it.  He is returning to IIT Bombay with better critical thinking skills and increased confidence.  “This internship has been a true learning experience and has strengthened my research interest in mechanical engineering.”