Why was the KU School of Engineering the right choice for you?
Being an international student, the funding opportunities available was one of the major criteria to choose the best graduate school for me. KU being one of the best public research universities has great funding opportunities in KU School of Engineering. The small, comforting environment that we have in every departments despite being a big school, makes learning more interactive and effective. Also, the research and teaching expertise of the faculties and their willingness to help students master their specific field of interest along with inter-disciplinary approach is something that I was looking for to whet my appetite to learn something new and broaden my understanding as a graduate student.
What are you currently researching?
My research in on the Thermal Management of pouch cell -type Lithium-ion batteries used in electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Lithium ion batteries, despite its wide use in electronics and also in vehicles have several issues associated to it basically due to the poor thermal management strategies. I focus on finding the performance and also the heat generated by battery cells at different operating temperature and charging and discharging rates so as to obtain a better understanding of the amount of heat generated that can be later utilized in finding a more efficient thermal management system for the batteries using different available and custom made materials like Phase change materials (PCM), heat pipes etc.
What do you want to do after graduation?
I want to work for an industry after graduating so that I can get some more hands-on, professional experience on the field I have been working on at a commercial level.
What is your favorite thing on campus or in Lawrence that a prospective student should check out?
KU is one of the most beautiful campuses. Simply going around the hill itself makes me feel happy and relaxed. KU basketball game is definitely a must go. Watching a basketball game in Allen field house is definitely one of the best experiences on campus. It gives you one of the best feel of being a part of the Jayhawk family. Also, going around Clinton Lake for picnic and hiking and exploring the wide varieties of restaurants in small yet beautiful Massachusetts Street (Downtown Lawrence) are some of my favorite things to do in and around campus.
What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?
My suggestion for prospective graduate students would be to start planning early. Never hesitate in approaching the faculties, seniors in the department and talking to them about your queries, ideas etc. Try getting some idea about the ongoing works and available opportunities and how you can fit well into that program.