SMTA- AU Student Chapter Officers

Peter Sakalaukus

Kalyan Dornala

SMTA AU-Student Chapter President
Kalyan is currently a Grad Student at Auburn University working towards his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. He joined the CAVE3 Research Center in fall 2013. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Acharya Nagarjuna University, India in 2011. His research interests include Harsh Environment Electronics Reliability; Shock & Vibration Testing of Electronics Packaging Systems; Finite Element Analysis; and Survivability Assessment and Prognostics. Kalyan's role as the Student Chapter President is to update the SMTA Student Chapter on upcoming events, such as conferences, workshops, and webinars. 


Kartik Goyal

SMTA AU-Student Chapter Vice President
Kartik is currently a Grad Student in Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University, working towards his Ph.D. He came to Auburn University in fall 2014 under a collaborative program between Auburn and a university in India, in which he was allowed to complete his Freshman and Sophomore years in India and his Junior and Senior years at Auburn. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University in May 2016. Kartik's future goal is to work in the R&D Electronics Packaging Facility and try to solve the challenges faced by the packaging community. His research areas focus on Reliability of Flexible Electronics Subjected to Harsh Environments Using: Finite Element Analysis, 3D Image Re-Construction Using Micro-CT Scan. Kartik's role as Vice President is to promote the SMTA Student Chapter at Auburn University, along with helping other members in their work.


Tony Thomas

SMTA AU-Student Chapter Secretary

Tony is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University who joined the CAVE3 Research Center in Fall 2016. He received his undergraduate degree from TKM College of Engineering in Kollam, India in 2010 and his Master's degree CAD, CAM and Robotics from IIT Roorkee, India in 2013. His research interests include: Prognostic Health Monitoring, Estimating RUL of Electronics Packaging Systems under Vibration, Combined Vibration and Temperature, and Drop and Shock Loads. Tony's role as Secretary is to help organize different workshops and programs to promote the SMTA Student Chapter at Auburn University.  

Shantanu Dephpande

Nakul Kothari

SMTA AU-Student Chapter Treasurer

Nakul is a Ph.D. student studying Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University. He work in the NSF-CAVE3 Research Center focuses includes: Studying the Reliability of Electronics, Finite Element Analysis, and Reliability of MEMS Sensors. Nakul has always liked to remain active in organizations and college clubs related to his interest. Nakul has been a part of the SMTA Chapter at Auburn University in the past and hopes to continue doing so this year as the Treasurer of the Student Chapter.


Dr. Pradeep Lall

SMTA AU-Student Chapter Faculty Advisor

Pradeep Lall is the MacFarlane Endowed Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering with a Courtesy Joint Appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Courtesy Joint Appointment in the Department of Finance. He serves on the Techanical Council and Governing Council of NextFlex Manufacturing Institute, and is Director of the NSF Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics at Auburn University. He is author and co-author of 2-books, 14 book chapters, and over 550 journal and conference papers in the field of electronics reliability, safety, energy efficiency, and survivability. Dr. Lall, a fellow of the ASME and the IEEE, is recipient of the Auburn University Research Advisory Board's Advancement of Research and Scholarship Achievement Award, IEEE Sustained Outstanding Technical Contributions Award, NSF-IUCRC Association's Alex Schwarzkopf Award, Alabama Academy of Science Wright A. Gardner Award, IEEE Exceptional Technical Achievement Award, ASME-EPPD Applied Mechanics Award, SMTA's Member of Technical Distinction Award, Auburn University's Creative Research and Scholarship Award, SEC Faculty Achievement Award, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Senior Faculty Research Award, Three-Motorola Outstanding Innovation Awards, Five-Motorola Engineering Awards, and Twenty Best-Paper Awards at national and international conferences. Dr. Lall has served in several distinguished roles at national and international level including serving as a member of National Academies Committee on Electronic Vehicle Controls, Member of the IEEE Reliability Society, AdCom, IEEE Reliability Society Representative on the IEEE-USA Government Relations Council for R&D Policy, Chair of Congress Steering Committee for the ASME Congress, Member of the technical committee of the European Simulation Conference EuroSIME, Associate Editor for the IEEE Access Journal, and Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies. Dr. Lall is the founding faculty advisor for the SMTA student chapter at Auburn University and member of the editorial advisory board for SMTA Journal. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and the M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.