The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering welcomes their newest professor, Kranthi Mandadapu.
Mandadapu received a B.S. in civil engineering in 2005 from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Next he came to UC Berkeley, where he first earned an M.S. in civil engineering in 2007 and then a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 2011 with Panayiotis Papadopoulos.
After his first postdoc at Sandia National Laboratory in Livermore, CA, Mandadapu returned to Berkeley and LBNL for a second postdoc in the research groups of David Chandler and George Oster.
Mandadapu's research lies at the intersection of continuum and statistical mechanics. He studies the principles of material behavior at smaller length scales and then exploits this information to predict behavior at coarser length scales. As a new faculty member he plans to focus his research in two areas: the thermal and mechanical behavior of polycrystalline materials and the dynamics and structure of biological membranes.