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The Team

Dr. Amanda Siegel, Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Siegel is an Assistant Research Professor with Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute who holds courtesy appointments with the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering. She has 12 years experience with nanomaterials including lipopolymers, plastics, polymer/nanomaterial hybrids and other biological and nonbiological nanostructures. Her main areas of research involve the use of physical, chemical, and material characterization strategies to understand intrinsic material properties.  She is an analytical and biophysical chemist, collaborating with physicians, statisticians, engineers, and everyone in between. Current projects include analyzing volatile organic compounds as biomarkers for disease, among other projects. She received her PhD from Purdue University, and also holds a JD from the University of Chicago Law School and a BS from Yale University. Dr. Siegel has over twenty Journal publications, many related to nanotechnology and nanomaterials. 

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Dr. Hamid Dalir, CEO/CTA

Dr. Dalir is the Director of Advanced Composite Structures Engineering Laboratory (ACSEL) at Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering with dual appointment in Motorsports Engineering Program. He was the Technical Director of the Syracuse Center of Excellence for Analysis and Design as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University from 2015-2017. Dr. Dalir served as a Senior Airframe Structures Engineer at Bombardier Aerospace from 2011-2015.  He was a Post-doctoral Research Associate at Polytechnique Montreal from 2009-2011. Dr. Dalir obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Mechano-Micro Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2009. Dr. Dalir is a Senior Member of AIAA, IEEE, ASME and ASC. Dr. Dalir’s research interests have revolved around different topics in the area of mechanical, automotive and aerospace engineering. His primary research interests are within the general area of solid mechanics and specifically on stress, modal and thermal analysis of mechanical and aerospace structures; computational mechanics; multi-disciplinary design optimization; composite materials and damage mechanics; and multi-scale modeling and material characterization.

Dr. Mangilal Agarwal, President

Dr. Agarwal is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at IUPUI with more than 15 years of experience in Nano Materials. He is also the Director of Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute at at Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI. He obtained his Ph.D. in Micro/Nanotechnology at Louisiana Tech University in 2004. His primary research interest is focused on design and development of nano-sensors that can "smell" using a canine-inspired model. These sensors can be applied to various applications and specifically for medical screening and diagnostics. In addition, to make these sensors applicable to wearable devices, Dr. Agarwal also investigates the design/fabrication of flexible energy devices and systems. Dr. Agarwal has more than 100 Journal publications related to Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials along with more than 15 patents. His other expertise includes Nanotechnology, Sensors, Flexible Batteries and Electronic Systems, Internet of Things (IoT), STEM Research and Education.

Ms. Vidya Wable, Application Engineer

Ms. Vidya Wable has an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI, and has advanced knowledge in Materials and solid modeling through high-quality research. She is skilled in working within collaborative environments to collect and evaluate research data for variety of projects. Ms. Wable is skilled in conducting Scanning Electron Microscopy, Short Beam Shear Strength, Fatigue and Barely Visible Impact Damage tests on numerous composite coupons. She always take responsibility for troubleshooting and the maintenance of the equipment and is a team player seeking high standards of production. She is an expert in the field of advanced composite materials used in wide range of applications, from aerospace to automotive to sporting goods. During her graduate studies, she accomplished the deposition of the nanocomposite filaments through electrospinning, provide a bonding between layers of pre-impregnated carbon fiber composite.


Dr. Simran Trana, Commercialization Officer

Trana has 15 years of experience in product and business development, licensing and venture creation. She spent the past 10 years with Dow AgroSciences, now called Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. Trana held multiple roles during this time, managing strategic research collaborations, technology licensing, intellectual property and portfolio development, new product launches, and licensing and corporate development. From 2001 to 2008, she served as director of technology commercialization for the Purdue Research Foundation, which manages and licenses intellectual property for Purdue University. Having success in both industry and higher education, Simran brings the right mix of skills and experience to work with MITS and industry partners to shorten the time between discovery and the market place.  Trana holds a master's degree in plant genetics from Punjab Agricultural University and a master of business administration from the University of Ottawa.

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