PI: Saptarshi Das, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Engineering Sciences and Mechanics

Pennsylvania State University

mailing address:
N-333 Millennium Science Complex
State College, PA 16802
phone: 814-863-2639


PhD Students

Daniel S. Schulman (

Daniel Schulman received his BS degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida, USA, and is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. His current research focuses on 2D transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) materials and their use for beyond CMOS applications. Ongoing projects include studying the pressure induced electrical properties TMDs for use in ultra-low power 2D Strain FETs through both modeling and experimental means.  Previously he worked on electrochemical synthesis of semiconductor grade monolayer TMDs via an electro-ablation thinning process for transistor applications.

Andrew J. Arnold           

Andrew Arnold received B.S. degrees in EE and Mathematics (2013) as well an M.S. degree in EE (2015) from the University of Minnesota. He is currently pursuing a PhD in EE at Penn State focusing on the improvement of contacts to 2D materials for electronics applications. His current efforts focus on doping of the 2D material in the contact regions.


Joseph R. Nasr (jrn5196)

Joseph received his B.S. (2015) in Engineering Science under a cooperative agreement with the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo and Penn State University and his M.S. (2016) in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Penn State University. He is currently pursing his Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State University. His current research focuses on the fabrication and characterization of two-dimensional materials based devices on glass substrates for future display technology and for the emerging era of Internet of Things (IoT).

Amritanand Sebastian

Amritanand Sebastian received his Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Electronics and Communications Engineering in the year 2017.  He is currently doing Ph.D in Engineering Sciences and Mechanics at Penn State University. He is working on benchmarking of the electronic and sensing properties of  2-dimensional materials obtained through different growth methods.

Akshay Wali 

Akshay received his B.Eng (Hons)  in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Middle East College of Information Technology, Muscat,Oman in 2015 followed by Masters of Science (MSc) in Electrical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2016 where he is currently pursing his Ph.D. in the same department. His current research focusses on understanding natural randomness in biological entities for implementing cryptographic security systems and Physically Unclonable Functions (PUF’s)


Sarbashis Das


MS Students


Drew Buzzell 



Akhil Dodda     

Akhil received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Amrita Vishwa Vidhyapeetham in the year 2017. He is currently pursuing his masters in Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State University. His current research focuses on implementing hardware security using cellular biology and low dimensional materials based devices to meet security/privacy for rapidly evolving digital era.                                                

Undergraduate Students


Dan May-Rawding



Thomas Francis Schranghamer 



Rahul Pendurathi



Andrew Pannone



Past Affiliates

Name                                         Designation                                   Current Position

Dr. Ali Razavieh                    Postdoctoral Scholar                 GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.