Soumik Banerjee, associate professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
About 2% of ASME’s 130,000 members are fellows, which recognizes “exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession.” Banerjee was recognized for his reputation and service to the professional community.
With WSU since 2011, Banerjee’s research is focused on atomistic modeling of materials and interfaces, transport processes, electrochemistry, with an attempt to correlate structure to functional properties. Most recently, he has led NASA-funded research that used machine learning and computational modeling to identify solvents to extract materials on the moon and Mars that would be usable in 3D printing.
He leads the Computational Nanoscience Laboratory, which focuses on modeling materials relevant to energy conversion and storage and processing and extraction of critical materials and minerals. Research conducted in the laboratory addresses applications such as sodium ion and lithium batteries, photovoltaic solar cells and processing of ceramic materials.
His work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Chemical Physics, Solid State Ionics, the Journal of Applied Physics and Applied Physics Letters.
Banerjee is a recipient of the 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award. He also received WSU’s GPSA Academic Advisor Excellence Award. He serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage and is on the editorial board of Computational Thermal Sciences. He holds a PhD in engineering mechanics from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree from University of Illinois, Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India.