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Summary

Computational materials scientist with a strong background in research and industrial software engineering and a keen interest in leveraging the predictive capability of molecular scale materials modeling at an industrial scale with the goal of reducing manufacturing cost and improving materials performance. I am looking forward to challenging positions that takes advantage of my skills.

Work experience

Aug 2018Present

Post Doctoral Research Associate

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • Developing general purpose tools that enable in-situ analysis for scientific workflows on the next generation HPC systems.
  • Responsible for coordinating an NSF funded multi-university collaborative project (analytics4md.org).
Aug 2013June 2018

Graduate Assistant

Boise State University
  • Developed CUDA capable coarse grained molecular simulations of epoxy resin cure in collaboration with Boeing Research and Technology. Using this model, 2 million particle simulations in cubic volumes of side length 100 nm  can reach 95 % curing in under 10 hours of compute time. This level of computational performance is key to being able to do ensemble averaging and represents the state-of-the-art of polymerization models.
  • Improved the performance of the a concrete micro structure model called "Anm" by a factor of 5 using thread parallelization. This enabled the creation of highly densely packed virtual cement models which led to the quantification of the structure of cement particles around irregular shaped aggregates for the first time.
May 2010Jul 2013

Senior Systems Specialist

General Electric Company, Bangalore, India
  • Developed a new thin client-based assay development framework for a confocal high content analysis instrument (HCA) used in life sciences which vastly improved the accessibility of the legacy platform.
  • Conducted a two day Scrum methodology training for over 35 team members to aid the team transition from a waterfall model of software development to the Agile model.
Oct 2008May 2010

Senior Software Engineer

Sasken Communication Technologies, Bangalore, India
  • Achieved 80%+ automation of the test cases for the Bluetooth stack on the Nokia S40 series mobile phones. This drastically reduced the manual test effort and increased productivity by 50%.
  • Identified and designed effective test cases for Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) specifications.
Aug 2004Oct 2008

Senior Software Engineer

Microview Technologies Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Developed hardware interfacing components for industrial cameras, servo motors and high speed I/O cards for a graphical programming framework which enabled the rapid development and deployment of machine vision applications for inspecting fasteners and image sensors.
  • Implemented an extremely reliable machine vision-based measurement tool for the fastener industry using the six sigma Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility  (GRR) method.
  • Optimized the garbage collection mechanism to keep the cycle time to be reliably under 60 ms for the fastener inspection system.

Education

20132018

PhD in Materials Science and Engineering

Boise State University, Boise, ID, United States of America

 

20132017

MS in Materials Science and Engineering

Boise State University, Boise, ID, United States of America
20002004

BE in Computer Science

Periyar University, Salem, TN, India

Publications

  1. Thomas, S., Alberts, M., Henry, M., M., Estridge, C., and Jankowski, E. "Routine million-particle simulations of epoxy curing with dissipative particle dynamics." The Journal of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (2018).
  2. Yano, K.H., Thomas, S., Swenson, M.J., Lu, Y., Wharry, J.P. "TEM in situ Cube-Corner Indentation Analysis Using ViBe Motion Detection Algorithm." Journal of Nuclear Materials (2018).
  3. Thomas, S., Lu, Y., and Garboczi, E. (2015). “Improved Model for Three-Dimensional Virtual Concrete: Anm Model.” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 4015027.
  4. Lu, Y., Thomas, S., and Garboczi, E. J. (2015). “Nanotechnology in Construction: Proceedings of NICOM5.” K. Sobolev and P. S. Shah, eds., Springer International Publishing, Cham, 301–308.
  5. Lu, Y., and Thomas, S. (2015). “Anm Model Approach for Lunar Soil Simulant Properties Study.” Earth and Space 2014, American Society of Civil Engineers, 76–83.