Pralav graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and minors in Engineering mechanics and Mathematics from The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) in December of 2013. He joined Jessica Krogstad’s research group at UIUC in August 2014.
BS in Mechanical Engineering (2013)
Pralav’s previous research includes tissue cutting mechanics using scalpel blades and tribological effects between hypodermic needles and tissue at the Precision Medical Instrument Design Lab at Penn State. He also performed small-scale testing of cord rubber composites and developed cost-savings applications at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron OH. Pralav’s current research focuses on systematic studies of structural thin films by means of building, testing, and characterization. He uses techniques such as electron microscopy, sputtering, and micromechanical testing.