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Humboldt Research Fellowship awarded to former UT PhD student Sudeshna Roy

Dr. Sudeshna Roy, former PhD student of the MultiScale Mechanics group of the University of Twente, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers. The Humboldt Foundation aims to strengthen Germany as a research location by sponsoring international academic exchange of researchers of all disciplines, regardless of nationality. This program enables recipients to conduct postdoctoral research as hosts at German research institutes of their own choice. Dr Roy sees the award as an acknowledgement of her research and a great opportunity to advance her academic career.

Dr. Roy will work with Prof. Thorsten Pöschel at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg. In the Humboldt Rankings 2020 the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg ranks as one of the top host universities in the field of Engineering Sciences. Her project at Erlangen will be based on multiscale modeling of additive manufacturing, with a focus on cohesive powders, using numerical Discrete Element Method. She will research the product’s surface morphology and residual stresses, as functions of the material characteristics and process parameters. She plans to start her new research program in November 2021.

Dr. Roy obtained her MSc at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. As a PhD student at the University of Twente, with prof. Stefan Luding, she applied numerical modeling to study the flow behavior of granular materials. After PostDocs at Penn State University and Syracuse University, she currently is a PostDoc at Heriot-Watt University, with Prof. Raffaella Ocone, on experimental and numerical studies of cohesive aerated granular materials.