Jeevake Attapattu

Status: Graduated Spring 2015 BS Physics & Computer Engineering Magna Cum Laude
Project: Elastic and Thermoelectric Properties of ZnO
Advisor: Dr. Changfeng Chen
attapatt@unlv.nevada.edu

Attapattu grad

Education:

 At the end of the Spring 2015 semester, I earned my bachelors in Physics and Computer Engineering with Minors in Mathematics and Computer Science. My current academic goal is to earn PhDs in Physics and Electronic Engineering. After earning the degrees I intend to conduct research in the field of Quantum Computing.

At the UNLV Department of Physics and Astronomy, I performed research using computer programs such as the Vienna Ab Initio Simulation Package (VASP) and BoltzTraP to run simulations on solid state systems. The VASP code is based on the density functional theory to simulate materials under various conditions. The BoltzTraP code uses the Boltzmann transport theory to calculate the electrical transport properties of materials. In the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, I have done work involving the sorting and processing data to create a Hyper Spectral database for target identification.

I have been writing my own code to sort through and manipulate input and output data. While I prefer to use C++, I have experience with assembly, C, and Python. I have also recently gained experience in microcontroller programming.

 Attapattu

Awards:

  • 2010 CSN Physical Sciences Student of the Year
  • 2013/2014 Nevada Space Grant
  • 2013 Fall Russell Frank Award
  • 2013 Fall Bhatnagar Award
  • 2014 Ronald D. McNair Summer Research Award
  • 2014/2015 Bob Davis Scholarship
  • 2014/2015 CSUN Tom Weisner Scholarship
  • 2014 Fall Nevada Space Grant
  • 2014/2015 Michael Gail Andress Memorial Scholarship
  • 2015 Spring Nevada Space Grant
  • 2014/2015 Outstanding Computer Engineering Student

Publications:

  • Wang, Shanmin, Jianzhong Zhang, Yi Zhang, Andrew Alvarado, Jeevake Attapattu, Duanwei He, Liping Wang, Changfeng Chen, and Yusheng Zhao. “Phase-Transition Induced Elastic Softening and Band Gap Transition in Semiconducting PbS at High Pressure.” Inorganic Chemistry15 (2013): 8638-643.
  • Jeevake Attapattu, Ershad Sharifahmadian, Shahram Latifi. “Modeling Techniques for Remote Sensing.” SPIE Conference on Modeling and Simulation for Defense Systems and Applications IX. (13 June 2014)
  • Jeevake Attapattu “A First-Principles Computational Study of Structural and Mechanical Properties of ZnO.” UNLV McNair Scholars Institute Journal Vol. 7 (2014).

Professional schools & workshops:

CompTIA A+, Network+, and Linux+ Certifications

Presentations:

McNair Summer Research Institute Poster Presentation: A First-Principles Computational Study of Structural and Mechanical Properties of ZnO (October 2014)

SSAP Symposium Poster Presentation: A First-Principles Computational Study of Structural and Mechanical Properties of ZnO (March 2015)

 Nevada NASA EPSCoR and Space Grant Consortium Annual Meeting Poster presentation: A First-Principles Computational Study of Structural and Mechanical Properties of ZnO (April 2015)

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