The Team

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.

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. 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. 

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. Sara Amin, Contracts Manager

Dr. Sara Amin is the Contracts Manager at MITS Solutions LLC. She has worked more than 10 years in various industries and companies all over Japan, Canada and United States. She has been active in the fields of operation, operational instruction, training, administration, business development, marketing, as well as various senior management positions. She received her MS degree in Vibrations and Modal Analysis from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, followed by a PhD in Robotics from McGill University, Canada. Dr. Amin is currently studying Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Kelly School of Business, Indiana University. She has significantly contributed to the FAA certification of two Bombardier aircraft and led a team of engineers conducting failure analysis and presenting the results to FAA certification authorities. She was also part of the development of the Problem Solving System in New Product Development team at Bombardier and  was heavily involved in organizing meetings with all the stakeholders and developing strategic action plans.