Research Internship for Young Academics (RIYA) Program

The Ohio State University’s Research Internship for Young Academics (RIYA) program is designed to facilitate cutting-edge research experiences for undergraduate mechanical engineering students from top institutes in India.

The prestigious RIYA program, which was established in 2014, is seeking candidates with exceptional research aptitude. Participants will work closely with renowned faculty in Ohio State’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, along with a world-class research team.

Program Details:

  • 10-week program (early-May to mid-July)
     
  • Candidates must have completed three years in a recognized mechanical engineering Bachelor of Technology program or a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program (in a related discipline) to be eligible
     
  • Through a generous gift from the Singh Family Fund and other endowments, each participant will receive an allowance of $5,000. This funding includes a nominal stipend, housing subsidy and an international travel allowance
     
  • Students’ faculty mentors in India will receive $500 to permit research by their RIYA scholar during the academic year in his/her Indian institution
     
  • Faculty mentors in India who regularly participate in the program are eligible for a travel grant to visit The Ohio State University

This prestigious award provides each student with a rewarding learning experience that will help strengthen his or her knowledge, leadership and research skills. By participating in this unique program, students will develop an understanding of graduate-level studies, which will position them to have a successful career in an academic or industrial research and design (R&D) setting.

Facilities participating in the RIYA program

 

 

2018 RIYA Scholars


This year, seven scholars joined RIYA from top-ranked mechanical engineering programs across India. Read more about their experience here.

2018 RIYA Scholars2018 RIYA Scholars, back row: Ayush Garg, Vivek Boddapati, Savyaraj Deshmukh, Karthik Boddapati; front row: Saksham Jindal, Saeel Pai, Mohd Babar


Mohd Babar – 2018 RIYA Scholar
Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi

Mohd Babar“The RIYA program has played an integral role in defining my views on academia and entrepreneurship.”

As a fourth-year mechanical engineering student at IIT Dehli, Mohd Babar is working on filing a provisional patent for the design of a liquid cooling vest. He enjoys the topics of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, aeroacoustics and applied mathematics.

This RIYA Scholar was mentored by Professor Raj Singh, as well as industry member Rajendra Gunda, PhD, of ANSOL. His project, in the Acoustics and Dynamics Laboratory, focused on natural frequencies and pressure oscillation modes of 3D annular-like acoustic cavities, allowed him to examine new geometries for noise and vibration control, including an application to engine knock. In his future career, Babar aims to continue to do research in heat transfer and aeroacoustics.

He appreciated the skills he learned during this summer opportunity. “The RIYA program has played an integral role in defining my views on academia and entrepreneurship. It has improved my decision making and critical thinking skills, as well as helped me become a well-rounded individual.”


Karthik Boddapati – 2018 RIYA Scholar
Indian Institute of Technology – Hyderabad

Karthik Boddapati"The RIYA program acted as the perfect bridge between my undergraduate and graduate studies."

Karthik Boddapati is entering the fourth year of his undergraduate studies as a mechanical engineering major at IIT Hyderabad. He is most interested in the field of solid mechanics and elasticity, especially in the subjects dealing with design and analysis of composites.

During his time in the RIYA program, he performed work in the Automated Computational Mechanics Laboratory. Professor Soheil Sohgrati mentored him on his project, which focused on image-based reconstruction of heterogeneous material microstructures. Among his achievements, Boddapati reconstructed microstructures for 2D particulate composite, 3D particulate composite and also a metal matrix composite using packing algorithms.

His career goals are to pursue research in aerospace engineering, primarily pertaining to aerospace structures and the use of composites. Boddapati is also extremely interested in working toward the collaboration of the aerospace industry and educational institutions in India to encourage startups in this field.

He valued the RIYA experience. "The RIYA program acted as the perfect bridge between my undergraduate and graduate studies. It helped me get a broader perspective on how research is conducted in the U.S. and I am now confident about getting into mainstream research after my bachelor’s."


Vivek Boddapati – 2018 RIYA Scholar
Indian Institute of Technology – Madras

Vivek Boddapati"The best part about the RIYA program was the freedom and flexibility offered to us in choosing our projects."

Fourth-year student Vivek Boddapati studies at IIT Madras, where he majors in mechanical engineering. There, he is cultivating his interests in thermodynamics and fluid Mechanics, especially in the subjects dealing with combustion, spray droplet formation and characteristics, and design of heat exchangers.

The Flow, Engine and Acoustics Laboratory at Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research hosted him during the RIYA program. There, he was mentored by Professor Ahmet Selamet. His project was particle image velocimetry turbocharger flow analysis, in which he studied the tangential and radial velocity components at various operating conditions.

"The best part about the RIYA program was the freedom and flexibility offered to us in choosing our projects,” he said. “In addition to the main problem statement, I got to work on a lot of other stuff which helped me gain exposure to research and discover my interests for graduate school."


Savyaraj Deshmukh – 2018 RIYA Scholar
Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay

Savyaraj Deshmukh“The interactions with other RIYA Scholars introduced me to many interesting fields in mechanical engineering.”

Savyaraj Deshmukh is a fourth-year student at IIT Bombay with nonlinear dynamics as his primary area of interest. He is currently working on a research project there as part of his bachelor’s degree about nonlinear resonances and chaotic mapping. In addition to his major in mechanical engineering, he is pursuing a minor in physics.

As a RIYA Scholar Deshmukh was mentored by Professor Raj Singh and Luke Fredette, PhD, post-doctoral researcher, in the Acoustics and Dynamics Laboratory. His project, focused on nonlinear isolator dynamics, allowed him to study the effect of clearance and friction nonlinearities on isolator dynamics and quantify them. For the future, he is highly considering further studies in mechanical engineering.

“These two months helped me form a mature perspective on research, graduate study and on a lot of other aspects in general,” said Deshmukh. “The interactions with other RIYA Scholars introduced me to many interesting fields in mechanical engineering. I would like to thank Prof. Singh and Dr. Fredette for this great learning experience.”


Ayush Garg – 2018 RIYA Scholar
Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi

Ayush Garg“What makes this program different is that the research is done from first principles without unjustified assumptions.”

RIYA Scholar Ayush Garg likes modelling flow phenomena, especially turbulent flows. He is beginning his fourth year at IIT Dehli, majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in automotive design.

His work with Professor Raj Singh and Luke Fredette, PhD, post-doctoral researcher, allowed him to explore his interests further. Working in the Acoustics and Dynamics Laboratory, he explored motion decoupling strategies. Because of Garg’s work, a parametric study is now available, which can be used to determine how accurately a rigid body solution is suited to a particular flexible powertrain in electric vehicles. Garg’s long-term career interests include completing research in the field of hybrid propulsion systems.

“The RIYA program is an intelligently devised venture that has cultivated an aptitude for research in me,” he said. “What makes this program different is that the research is done from first principles without unjustified assumptions. One can rarely find programs in which young scholars play the principal role in the process. Dr. Singh has a terrific research acumen and he has been an inspiration throughout the  project. Working with Dr. Fredette and Dr. Singh, I find it remarkable to have developed a research aptitude and a change in perspective in such short time.”


Saksham Jindal – 2018 RIYA Scholar
Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay

Saksham Jindal“It was an enriching experience in all aspects—be it research, soft skills, American culture, excursions, cooking!”

Saksham Jindal, of IIT Bombay, is entering his fourth year of undergraduate studies. He enjoys investigating the field of fluid dynamics and heat transfer, and is fascinated by the aerodynamics used in Formula 1 race vehicles. His major is mechanical engineering and he will complete a minor in aerospace engineering.

During the RIYA program, Jindal studied nonlinear coned disks with Post-doctoral Researcher Nicholas Mastricola, PhD, and Professor Raj Singh. The project, in the Acoustics and Dynamics Laboratory, allowed him to design and carry out modal analysis about several operating points, sinusoidal sweep envelope analyses and assess the role of piecewise nonlinear devices. For the future he hopes to apply his interest in research to the field of thermal and fluid engineering.

Jindal was grateful for the many and varied opportunities the RIYA program offered overall, including activities in which he partook during his free time. “It was an enriching experience in all aspects—be it research, soft skills, American culture, excursions, cooking!”


Saeel Pai – 2018 RIYA Scholar
Indian Institute of Technology – Madras

Saeel Pai"The RIYA program exposed me to areas of research way beyond traditional mechanical engineering, and thus expanded my horizons."

Saeel Pai is now in his fourth year at IIT Madras. His mechanical engineering major allows him to investigate fluid mechanics and heat transfer, and he has completed projects in the area of electronic cooling and is currently working on a project to predict flows.

While he was at Ohio State, Pai worked in the Microsystems for Mechanobiology and Medicine Laboratory with Professor Jonathan Song; and in the Microsystems and Nanosystems Laboratory with Professor Shaurya Prakash. His work encompassed researching angiogenesis at bifurcation points, and he learned to fabricate microchannel devices using the technique of soft lithography, in order to prepare for experiments. His long-term career interest is to do research in the area of fluid mechanics—especially trying to develop better models for studying turbulent flows—as well as possibly biomimicry.

Pai appreciated the research opportunities he experienced as a RIYA Scholar. "The RIYA program exposed me to areas of research way beyond traditional mechanical engineering, and thus expanded my horizons."