Hi! My name is Prajwal. Thank you for vising my professional portfolio.
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at WPI. I am also Research Assistant in the Aerospace Structures and Materials Lab.
My research interests lie in designing high-performance structural systems for extreme applications. I am currently working on engineering a class of adaptive mechanical metamaterials to mitigate impact damage by using a combination of experiments and computational modeling to understand the physics of wave propagation in granular media (think sand and sugar).
I am a passionate design engineer outside of academia, and I love bringing products to life from conceptual designs using additive manufacturing. I have worked with major AM processes such as fused deposition modeling (FDM), stereolithography (SLA) and laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF) metal AM (as a part of the latter, I am a fully trained SLM L-PBF machine operator). I am also familiar with CNC machining having completed my basic machinist's training on a Haas VM2 at the manufacturing labs at WPI. Some of my other hobbies include advancing my guitar chops, hiking, and photography, all while exploring the endless beauty of New England.
This portfolio lists my engineering experience so far and a selection of my more recent projects. Please feel free to contact me here for questions and potential collaborations!