A brief history of mine


Gowtham After earning an Engineering Physics PhD from Michigan Tech in 2007, I spent some time working as an application developer at the AT&T R&D HQ in Middletown, New Jersey. I returned home in 2009 as a post-doctoral fellow in Physics.

I adore and idolize Vishweshwaraiah, Vince Lombardi, and few of my teachers and scientists. Collecting and reading books, sports, photography, exploring Upper Michigan's wilderness and toying around with computers keep me busy during free times.

Since the Summer of 2013 and most certainly since that of 2014, much of free time has been invested in aspirations of being a runner and a triathlete. Feel free to contact me in person or stalk one or more of my social identities: Facebook, Garmin, GitHub, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter. I will share what I know, and do my best to make it worth your time.
A summary of work


Since January 2011, I have been serving as the Director of Research Computing (in Information Technology), an Adjunct Assistant Professor (in Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering) with teaching and research responsibilities at Michigan Tech. The ever evolving job description involves

  1. designing and supporting just about every aspect of research computing and visualization -- from desktops to high-performance computing (HPC) and high-performance visualization (HPV) clusters,
  2. training researchers to utilize aforementioned resources and finding additional ones, when necessary, through XSEDE,
  3. developing and teaching hands-on courses and programs in computational sciences and engineering,
  4. pursuing research in inter-disciplinary fields,
  5. serving on advisory committees for graduate students, and executive committees to improve existing and introduce newer academic programs.

I represent Michigan Tech in Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation, HPC Advisory Council, and NSF XSEDE Campus Champion Program -- developing collaborations and partnerships with industry and other academic institutions to discover internship, job and funding opportunities for students and researchers.


UN5390: Scientific Computing I (Fall)


Topics include linux command line, shell scripting, revision control system (Git and GitHub), compilation with and without Makefile, various sources of errors, debugging and profiling techniques, developing computational workflows, and writing programs to solve science and engineering problems using numerical methods.

The course concludes with a term project in line with the student's research interests, and the emphasis is on readability and clarity of written code.
UN5395: Scientific Computing II (Spring)


Building on UN5390, topics include parallel programming, data analysis, visualization, hands-on computing (building and managing a mini HPC cluster), improving computational workflows, writing checkpointed code with predictive power, adopting third party code and/or workflows.

The course concludes with a term project in line with the student's research interests, and an added emphasis is on the efficiency of written/borrowed code.

Students have the opportunity to choose a programming language that is best suited for research endeavors, and are responsible for learning its finer details. If not already used in research, students are encouraged to use this opportunity to learn MATLAB (or Octave), Python or a compiled language along with BASH scripting. UN5390 is cross-listed as BE5390, EE5390 and MA5390. UN5395 is cross-listed as BE5395, EE5395 and MA5390, and requires successful completion of UN5390 (or a cross-listed course).


Interests


  1. Design, development, customization, maintenance and optimization of parallel computing and visualization platforms
  2. Development of technological tools that assist research and classroom teaching
  3. Development of computational sciences and engineering curriculum with an emphasis on high-performance computing
  4. Interaction of biological matter with nanomaterials
  5. Electronic structure calculations of nanoclusters
Projects


I serve as the principal investigator for several projects involving interests #1 through #3. I serve as a co-PI for several other projects in multi-disciplinary fields spanning several academic departments.

My primary role in latter projects is training researchers to use computing infrastructure, and help them develop efficient computational and visualization workflows.


Publications with a visual representation of 421 citations


# 01: 2016_AGO_01 | 10.17265/2159-5275/2015.12.002
A Molecular Dynamic Modeling Of Cross-Linked Epoxy Resin Using Reactive Force Field: Thermo-Mechanical Properties
O. Aluko, S. Gowtham, G. M. Odegard
Journal of Mechanics Engineering and Automation, vol. 5, p. 655, 2016

# 02: 2015_AGCRO
A Computational Molecular Dynamic Study On Epoxy-Based Network: Thermo-Mechanical Properties
O. Aluko, S. Gowtham, S. Chinkanjanarot, M. S. Radue, G. M. Odegard
American Society For Composites 30th Technical Conference On Composite Materials, East Lansing, MI, 2015

# 03: 2015_HKPKRMGO_01 | 10.1016/j.carbon.2015.08.026
Mechanical Properties Of Graphene Nanoplatelet/Carbon Fiber/Epoxy Hybrid Composites: Multiscale Modeling And Experiments
C. M. Hadden, D. R. Klimek-McDonald, E. J. Pineda, J. A. King, A. M. Reichanadter, I. Miskioglu, S. Gowtham, G. M. Odegard
Carbon, vol. 95, p. 100, 2015

# 04: 2015_HKPKRMGO_02
Mechanical Properties Of Graphene Nanoplatelet/Carbon Fiber/Epoxy Hybrid Composites: Multiscale Modeling And Experiments
C. M. Hadden, D. R. Klimek-McDonald, E. J. Pineda, J. A. King, A. M. Reichanadter, I. Miskioglu, S. Gowtham, G. M. Odegard
American Society For Composites 30th Technical Conference On Composite Materials, East Lansing, MI, 2015

# 05: 2015_RJGOKK
Applying Reactive Molecular Dynamics To Predict And Compare The Mechanical Response Of Di-, Tri-, And Tetra-Functional Resin Epoxies
M. S. Radue, B. D. Jensen, S. Gowtham, G. M. Odegard, D. R. Klimek, J. A. King
American Society For Composites 30th Technical Conference On Composite Materials, East Lansing, MI, 2015

Dynamical Instability And Fermi Surface Topology In Ni2FeGa From First Principles
S. Chabungbam, S. Gowtham, M. B. Sahariah
Physical Review B, vol. 89, p. 085114, 2014

# 07: 2014_Gowtham | 10.1145/2616498.2616576
Revision Control System (RCS) In Computational Sciences And Engineering Curriculum
S. Gowtham
XSEDE'14, Atlanta, GA, 2014

# 08: 2014_OJGWHZ_01 | 10.1016/j.cplett.2013.11.036
Predicting Mechanical Response Of Crosslinked Epoxy Using ReaxFF
G. M. Odegard, B. D. Jensen, S. Gowtham, J. Y. Wu, J. Y. He, Z. L. Zhang
Chemical Physics Letters, vol. 591, p. 175, 2014

# 09: 2014_OJGWHZ_02 | 10.2514/6.2014-0467
Predicting Thermo-Mechanical Response Of Crosslinked Epoxy Using ReaxFF
G. M. Odegard, B. D. Jensen, S. Gowtham, J. Y. Wu, J. Y. He, Z. L. Zhang
55th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/SC Structures, Structural Dynamics, And Materials Conference, National Harbor, MD, 2014

# 10: 2014_OJGWHZ_03
Predicting Mechanical Response Of Crosslinked Epoxy Using ReaxFF
G. M. Odegard, B. D. Jensen, S. Gowtham, J. Y. Wu, J. Y. He, Z. L. Zhang
American Society For Composites 29th Technical Conference/16th US-Japan Conference On Composite Materials, La Jolla, CA, 2014

First-Principles Computation Of Structural, Elastic And Magnetic Properties Of Ni2FeGa Across The Martensitic Transformation
M. B. Sahariah, S. Ghosh, C. S. Singh, S. Gowtham, R. Pandey
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, vol. 25, p. 025502, 2013

# 12: 2013_ZMGPK | 10.1063/1.4801442
Applicability Of CNTs And BNNTs As Biosensors: Effect Of Biomolecular Adsorption On The Transport Properties Of Carbon And Boron Nitride Nanotubes
X. Zhong, S. Mukhopadhyay, S. Gowtham, R. Pandey, S. P. Karna
Applied Physics Letters, vol. 102, p. 133705, 2013

# 13: 2012_KGP | 10.1016/j.ssc.2012.01.042
Electronic Structure Calculations Of Substitutional And Interstitial Hydrogen In Nb
P. Khowash, S. Gowtham, R. Pandey
Solid State Communications, vol. 152, p. 788, 2012

# 14: 2012_KPGPK | 10.1109/LED.2012.2189750
Diffusion Of Water Molecules In Amorphous Silica
S. Kostinski, R. Pandey, S. Gowtham, U. Pernisz, A. Kostinski
IEEE Electron Device Letters, vol. 33, p. 864, 2012

# 15: 2010_KGSH | 10.1039/C003568H
A Numerical Investigation Into Possible Mechanisms By That The A629P Mutant Of ATP7A Causes Menkes Disease
M. Kouza, S. Gowtham, M. J. Seel, U. H. E. Hansmann
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 12, p. 11390, 2010

Theoretical Study Of Small Clusters Of Indium Oxide: InO, In2O, InO2, In2O2
S. Mukhopadhyay, S. Gowtham, R. Pandey, A. Costales
Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM, vol. 948, p. 31, 2010

Theoretical Study Of Physisorption Of Nucleobases On Boron Nitride Nanotubes: A New Class Of Hybrid Nano-Bio Materials
S. Mukhopadhyay, S. Gowtham, R. H. Scheicher, R. Pandey, S. P. Karna
Nanotechnology, vol. 21, p. 165703, 2010

First-Principles Study Of Physisorption Of Nucleic Acid Bases On Small-Diameter Carbon Nanotubes
S. Gowtham, R. H. Scheicher, R. Ahuja, R. Pandey, S. P. Karna
Nanotechnology, vol. 19, p. 125701, 2008