Department of Energy Science
Prof. Sivaram Arepalli joined the new department of Energy Science at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Suwon, Korea in March 2009 under the World Class University project. He was the Chief Scientist of the Applied Nanotechnology Program at NASA-Johnson Space Center where he worked for 21 years before moving to Korea.
He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur in 1979. He finished postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell and the University of Illinois at Chicago prior to joining Lockheed Martin at Houston in 1987. He developed the laser laboratory to support aerothermal fluid flow analysis for thermal protection material development at NASA-JSC. In 1997, he initiated the carbon nanotube project at NASA by starting nanotube production using a double pulse laser oven process. His activities were focused on nanomaterials, including the production, processing, and application of carbon nanotubes for aerospace requirements. He was responsible for improving understanding of the nanotube growth mechanisms and helped ISO to establish standards for nanomaterials, especially carbon nanotubes.
Dr. Arepalli is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a Senior Member of APS. He served on the AIAA National Technical Committee on Aerodynamic Measurement Technology from 1994-2001. He was nominated 1999 for the “Rotary Stellar Award for Space” for his contributions to the development of “Glow-gas” for leak detection in MIR space station. Sivaram was nominated in 2002 for the AIAA Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Award. He has been the recipient of the “Chairman's Award for 1998” from G. B. Tech., Inc. and “President’s Award for 2005”, from Jacobs Technology for his support of NASA-JSC. In 2007, he received “Rotary National Space Achievement Award” for the accomplishments of the Carbon Nanotube Team. He received the “Nanocarbon 2008 Award” from the Carbon Society of Japan in 2008. Sivaram has more than 80 publications and has presented several invited talks related to nanotechnology. He currently serves as an associate editor for the “Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology”.
Speaking in the symposium on Energy Storage & Distribution.