Dr. Arepalli is an internationally recognized authority in materials science, specifically carbon nanotubes, and brings over 35 years of experience to NSTI. He was the Vice President of Graduate Education at the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), Hampton, VA and supported 40 graduate students from nine partner Universities to work at NASA. Prior to that, he was at Sungkyunkwan University in Suwon, South Korea as a Senior Professor in the Department of Energy Science. In addition to research in energy storage, he aided in the recruitment of new faculty members and organized the department’s Nobel Laureate Lectures.
Dr. Arepalli worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) as Chief Scientist of the Applied Nanotechnology Program. He developed a multi-million dollar laser laboratory that collected the first ever in-situ diagnostic data during nanotube growth. His work with organizations across the globe has helped to establish international standards for carbon nanotube measurement.
Dr. Arepalli holds two patents and is the author of over 90 peer-reviewed publications. He is on the advisory board of GW Institute for Nanotechnology at The George Washington University. In addition, he is a member of the advisory committee for the Indo-Korean Partnership in Nanotechnology and a Science Ambassador with the Korean Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity. He is also on the advisory boards of several international conferences on nanomaterials, energy and aerospace.
Dr. Arepalli holds a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry from Andhra University in India; a Masters of Science in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India. He carried out postdoctoral work at University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University and worked as Research Assistant Professor at University of Illinois before joining NASA Johnson Space Center in 1987.