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Vikram Gavini

Vikram Gavini

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Computational Material Physics Group


1640 GGB
2350 Hayward, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (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 algorithms and computational frameworks for large-scale ab-initio calculations to understand materials properties; HPC aspects of electronic structure calculations; Electronic structure studies on defects in solids; Multi-scale modeling; Analysis of approximation theories

Research Areas

Micro/Nano Engineering, Multi-scale Computation

Honors & 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

Material simulation with quantum accuracy wins Gordon Bell Prize
The prestigious award offered by the Association for Computing Machinery goes to the team of U-M mechanical engineering professor Vikram Gavini.

New Paper Published in Nature Communications titled, "Exact exchange-correlation potentials from ground-state electron densities"
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.

Three ME students receive 2016-2017 MICDE Fellowships
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

Twelve ME Faculty Recognized for Prestigious Professional Society Awards in 2015

Gavini receives Gallagher Young Investigator Award
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"

Gavini selected as awardee for AFOSR YIP
This program is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the US who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research

Gavini wins Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship
Winning the Humboldt Research Fellowship requires an established international reputation for research of the highest caliber

Paper by Reddy, Gavini and Dunietz's Groups Published in the Journal of American Chemical Society
A combined effort by research groups headed by Pramod Reddy, Vikram Gavini, and Barry Dunietz was published in the June issue of JACS.

Vikram Gavini Receives NSF CAREER Award
Vikram Gavini has received a 2011 NSF CAREER award for his proposal, "Bridging Quantum-Mechanics with Mechanics: Towards Predictive Computations of Materials Behavior."

Gavini's Work Featured on Cover of Physical Review Letters