Mechanical Engineering PhD candidate Phani Motamarri was awarded the 2013 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. Rackham awards this fellowship to approximately 72 students across various disciplines.
Motamarri’s research topic focuses on developing a real space multi-scale methodology for electronic structure calculations at macroscopic scales using Kohn-Sham density-functional theory. His advisor is Assistant Professor Vikram Gavini.
Before coming to Ann Arbor, Motamarri worked for General Motors India Science Lab as a researcher and received a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.