Prasanna Balachandran

Assistant Professor

University of Virginia

Prasanna is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia (UVA). He earned his Bachelors’ Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from PSG College of Technology, India in 2007 and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Iowa State University, USA in 2011. Prior to joining UVA in December 2017, he spent three and half years as a postdoctoral research associate in the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), USA and before that, two years as a postdoctoral research associate at Drexel University, USA. His research interests are interdisciplinary spanning diverse areas such as crystal symmetry, magnetism, first-principles based density functional theory calculations, and information science methods for accelerating the design and discovery of new materials.