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We are a diverse team of researchers united by our passion and commitment to advancing the understanding of the mechanics of soft materials. 


Dr. Kshitiz Upadhyay

Lab Director and Principal Investigator

Dr. Kshitiz Upadhyay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at LSU. His research interests lie in the broad area of mechanics of soft materials, with emphasis on constitutive modeling, injury biomechanics, experimental solid mechanics, and data-driven methods. His research is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Louisiana Board of Regents (LABoR), and LSU. Dr. Upadhyay currently serves as an Associate Guest Editor of Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering. He has received multiple awards for his research, including the Early Career Research Award from the World Council of Biomechanics in 2022, the Best Dissertation Award from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida (UF) in 2020, and the Gator Engineering Attribute Award of proffesional excellence from UF in 2020. Prior to joining LSU, Dr. Upadhyay worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute at Johns Hopkins University (2020-2022). He received his Ph.D. and M.S in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida (2020 and 2019), and B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology–Bhopal, India (2014).


Yogesh Chandrashekar

Graduate Research Assistant

Yogesh's research is on the mechanics of damage and fracture in soft materials. He completed his Masters in Advanced Manufacturing: Technische Universität Chemnitz in 2022, and B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India, in 2020.


Siddarth Sriram

Graduate Research Assistant

Siddarth's research is on the mechanical characterization and modeling of the human brain. He completed his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University in 2023, and B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from K.P.R Institute of Engineering and Technology, India, in 2015.


Carson Cooper

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Carson's research is on the development of computational human brain models via image segmentation and processing techniques.


Angelina Jorgenson

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Angelina's research is on fatigue characterization of elastomers and remaining life prediction via thermodynamic entropy-based approaches. 

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