MS&E Student Abhay Gupta Wins NASA Fellowship

abhay guptaTexas Materials Institute is proud to announce that MS&E student Abhay Gupta has received the 2017 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship.

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) sought to sponsor graduate student researchers who showed significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for the Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future. Fellowship awardees will perform research at their respective universities and at NASA Centers. In addition his faculty advisor, Abhay will be matched with a technically relevant and community-engaged researcher who will serve as the his research collaborator.

Gupta’s current research has been focused on the plating and stripping performance of lithium metal in lithium-sulfur batteries. However, under the NASA fellowship, his research will center on investigating and improving the low temperature performance of lithium-sulfur batteries. As missions into space venture further away from the sun, batteries in machines such as rovers and space probes will need to withstand increasingly colder temperatures, so the ultimate aim of his research will be building high capacity lithium-sulfur cells that could one day be used in the cold environments of space.

We would like to congratulate Abhay on all of his hard work and continuous drive to excel. To learn more about his research within Dr. Arumugam Manthiram’s group, please see their website here.