Charu Srivatsa

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
Previous Institution: Jain University
Hometown: Bangalore, India
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Why was the KU School of Engineering the right choice for you?

In the process of looking for a compatible university, my primary criteria was to focus on internal combustion engines research during which, the projects accomplished and papers published by Dr. Chistopher Depcik impressed me hugely. The sole reason behind applying to the University of Kansas (KU) was the prospective of working under the guidance of Dr. Depcik. Fortunately I was accepted for a Master of Science program in the Fall of 2014.​

What are you currently researching?

My research topic here at KU is Low Temperature Combustion (LTC) through pre-mixed and partially pre-mixed compression ignition strategy utilized to simultaneously reduce nitrogen oxides and particulate matter emissions in diesel engines. Recently, an SAE conference paper on the same topic has been submitted which is pending review. I have successfully completed my MS thesis defense, and started my PhD coursework and research in Spring 2017. My current research is an extension of my master’s thesis where I am attempting LTC strategy using bio-diesel as the fuel. After an extensive literature survey on this topic, I can confidently say that LTC utilizing bio-diesel as fuel has never been attempted before. Majority of my research interest revolves around tackling environmental emissions from vehicles due to the obvious impacts on the nature we witness today. ​

What is your favorite thing on campus or in Lawrence that a prospective student should check out?

A prospective student should be in the constant look out for communities/groups/student associations that help students learn new things outside their filed of expertise in a friendly environment. Additionally, attending events aid in reducing stress. Most importantly, actively participating in such groups helps in meeting new people which is very important for a graduate student. 

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?

In my opinion, graduate school is the best opportunity to set your goals and priorities for the rest of your life. While taking courses and doing research is challenging and time consuming, the discussions with friends, colleagues, and faculty are very rewarding. Importantly, the people around you will help you realize what is best for you. All you have to do is keep an open mind. ​

Which committee are you on and what would you like to do in the next year to help current graduate students?

I am on the professional development committee. I would like to provide the necessary aid for graduate students to improve their communication skills and assist in recruitment. For this, I would be closely working with the career center to organize events. Firstly, we are trying to organize a standalone session ​for graduate students during the career fair to increase their chances of talking to the right people. 


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