Vikram Gavini

Vikram Gavini
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering


GGB (George G. Brown Laboratory)

2350 Hayward 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125

(734) 763-9685


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2007
M.S., Applied Mechanics, California Institute of Technology, 2004
B.Tech., Mechnical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 2003

Research Interests

Developing computational and mathematical tools for electronic structure calculations at macroscopic scales, multi-scale modeling, analysis of approximation theories, electronic structure studies on defects in solids.

Honors and Awards

Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2012
CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2011
Robert J. Melosh Medal, ETH Zurich, 2007
Allan Acosta Endowed Fellowship, California Institute of Technology, 2003
Institute Silver Medal, Indian Institute of Technology, 2003

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

Related News

ME Professor Vikram Gavini, U-M Chemistry Professor, Paul Zimmerman, and ME Post-doc fellow, Bikash Kanungo, have been working on this challenge and have had their paper titled, "Exact exchange-correlation potentials from ground-state electron densities" published in Nature Communications on October 3, 2019, explaining their findings on solving the problem.

Research from the Computational Materials Physics group, directed by Associate Professor Vikram Gavini, selected as a finalist for the ACM Gordon Bell Prize.

Since 2014, MICDE has offered top-off fellowships to current and prospective students whose research project involves the use and advancement of scientific computing techniques and practices

Gavini is recognized "for pioneering work developing multi-scale methods for density-functional theory calculations at continuum scales, electronic structure studies on defects in materials, and quantum transport in materials"

Approximately 72 students — from a variety of disciplines — receive this fellowship