Sadasivan Shankar

Sadasivan Shankar

  • Associate in Applied Physics


Sadasivan Shankar is an Associate in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and was the first Margaret and Will Hearst Visiting Lecturer in Harvard University. He has co-instructed several graduate-level classes on Computational Materials Design, Extreme Computing for Real Applications, and Mitigating Toxicity by Materials Design. He is involved in research in the areas of materials, chemistry, multi-scale and nonequilibrium methods, and large-scale computational methods.

Dr. Shankar and his team have enabled several critical technology decisions in the semiconductor industrial applications of chemistry, materials, processing, packaging, manufacturing, and design rules for over nine generations of Moore’s law including First advanced process control application in 300 mm wafer technology; introduction of flip-chip packaging, 100% Pb-elimination in microprocessors, design of new materials, processing methods, reactors etc.

Dr. Shankar earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He is a co-inventor in over twenty patent filings covering areas in new chemical reactor designs, semiconductor processes, bulk and nano materials, device structures, and algorithms. He is also a co-author in over hundred publications and presentations in measurements, multi-scale and multi-physics methods spanning from quantum scale to macroscopic scales, in the areas of chemical synthesis, plasma chemistry and processing, non-equilibrium electronic, ionic, and atomic transport, energy efficiency of information processing, and machine learning methods for bridging across scales, and estimating complex materials properties and in process control.

Dr. Shankar has also been a Senior Fellow in UCLA Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics during a program on Machine Learning and Many-body Physics (2016); first Distinguished Scientist in Residence in Harvard (2013); Invited to White House event for Materials Genome (2012); Visiting Lecturer in Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics in UC-SB (2010); Intel Distinguished Lecturer in Caltech (1998) and in MIT (1999). He has also given several colloquia and lectures in universities all over the world. His team’s work was also featured in the journal Science (2012) and in TED (2013).

Dr. Shankar is a co-founder of Material Alchemy, a “last mile” translational and independent venture in materials design for accelerating materials discovery to adoption, with environmental sustainability as a key goal.

Contact Information

Nickname: Sadas
Office:Pierce 107F
Office Phone:(617) 496-0944
Assistant:Julianna Braun
Assistant Office:29 Oxford Street 118
Assistant Phone:(617) 495-0627

Other Experience & Professional Membership

A Few Seminars and Colloquia

Supercomputing (2016):

University of California-Los Angeles, Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics Public Lecture (2015):

High Performance Computing User Forum (2015):

American Physical Society: Frontiers of Industrial and Applied Physics (2014):

Harvard University Institute of Applied Computational Sciences  (2013):

T.E.D  (2013):

MIT, Materials Day (2011):

University of California-Santa Barbara, Kavli Institute (2010):

University of California-Santa Barbara, International Center for Materials Research (ICMR) Summer School (2009):

University of California-Berkeley, Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (2009):