Senior Scientist
Senior Scientist


Dr. Kappagantula is the co-PI for the Mathematics for Artificial Reasoning in Science (MARS) initiative’s Artificial Intelligence Tools for Advanced Manufacturing Processes project. She focuses on alloy and composite design for developing high performance hybrid materials and understanding energy transport pathways metal, polymer, ceramic and cermet based composite systems. She has broad technical and project management skills covering the full project life cycle from client interaction, to problem definition, program design, data interpretation, and through client-oriented presentation of results, while working with multi-tiered, diverse project teams. Dr. Kappagantula uses material design principles, nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing methodologies such as solid phase processing approaches and 3D printing to develop new-generation material systems with applications in power generation and transport, building infrastructure, industrial heating, and aerospace/vehicle lightweighting. She regularly works with industry partners in translating lab-scale technologies to pilot- and commercial-levels. Her research portfolio is funded predominantly by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy and she currently manages ~$2M/year in funding.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Andhra University

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2018 Marilyn E. and Ann D. White Research Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Ohio University