Research Internship for Young Academics (RIYA) Program

The Ohio State University’s Research Internship for Young Academics (RIYA) program is designed to facilitate cutting-edge research experiences for undergraduate mechanical engineering students from top institutes in India.

The prestigious RIYA program, which was established in 2014, is seeking candidates with exceptional research aptitude. Participants will work closely with renowned faculty in Ohio State’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, along with a world-class research team.

Program Details:

  • 10-week program (mid-May to mid-July)
     
  • Candidates must have completed three years in a recognized mechanical engineering Bachelor of Technology program or a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program (in a related discipline) to be eligible
     
  • Through a generous gift from the Singh Family Fund and other endowments, each participant will receive an allowance of $5,000. This funding includes a nominal stipend, housing subsidy and an international travel allowance*
     
  • Students’ faculty mentors in India will receive $500 to permit research by their RIYA scholar during the academic year in his/her Indian institution
     
  • Faculty mentors in India who regularly participate in the program are eligible for a travel grant to visit The Ohio State University

This prestigious award provides each student with a rewarding learning experience that will help strengthen his or her knowledge, leadership and research skills. By participating in this unique program, students will develop an understanding of graduate-level studies, which will position them to have a successful career in an academic or industrial research and design (R&D) setting.

Facilities participating in the RIYA program

 

 

2017 RIYA Scholars


This year, five scholars joined us from top-ranked mechanical engineering programs across India.

The 2017 RIYA scholars, from left to right: Yashraj Gurumukhi, Vishnu Vishal, Shashwat Ranjan Chaurasia, Priy Ranjan and Raunaq Bhirangi. The 2017 RIYA scholars, from left to right: Yashraj Gurumukhi, Vishnu Vishal, Shashwat Ranjan Chaurasia, Priy Ranjan and Raunaq Bhirangi.



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 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.”

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.

Click here to read more about Chaurasia's RIYA research.

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.”

Now 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 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 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.”