1. Could you tell us about your background i.e. department, research interests, hometown, hobbies?

I was born in China and grew up mostly near Boston, MA and Las Vegas, NV. I graduated from Rice University with a BS in chemical engineering, and I will be starting graduate school in chemical engineering here at UIUC this fall. I did research in coarse-grained protein modeling back at Rice, and that gave me a general interest in using math and computational tools to study chemical systems. Outside of research, my hobbies include classical music and photography.

2. What project you are working on this summer?

This summer, I am interning with the Whole Tale project, which aims to address reproducibility issues in science by building computational framework for “living publications” that capture the entire scientific process. Specifically, I am working on the Online Materials Modeling and Analytics Project. The goal of this project is to create benchmark tests for machine learning/predictive models used for materials property prediction (similar to a Kaggle competition for materials). I am working to recreate several materials property prediction methods and benchmark them against each other.

3. What is your favorite place or activity on campus or CU?

Any place with good ice cream, honestly. Jarling’s Custard is pretty good.

4. Advice for students who want to pursue undergraduate research.

Don’t be afraid to try something unfamiliar. I didn’t really know what I was doing when I joined my first research group as an undergraduate, but I ended up learning a lot and really enjoying it.


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January 24th, 2019

How do plants perceive hormones to activate drought resistance ?

Drought is one of the major environment factors that threatens future food security. In plants, stomatal pores expel 200 molecules […]

June 18th, 2018

Meet our new group member, Matthew Chan, Graduate student, ChBE, 2017.

December 27th, 2017

Meet Jiangyan Feng, ChBE Graduate student, Fall 2016.

July 20th, 2017

2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences in Shukla Group.

July 13th, 2017

Meet our group members: Moeen Meigooni, ChBE ’17

July 12th, 2017

Visiting student: Jiming Chen, BS, ChBE, Rice University, 2017

July 12th, 2017

Meet our group members: Faisal Aldukhi, ChBE ’19

July 12th, 2017

Meet our group members: Qihua Chen, MatSE’18, Blue Waters Intern 2017-18

June 28th, 2017

Shriyaa Mittal’s 2017 CSE Fellow.

June 28th, 2017

Balaji Selvam’s talk at the 2017 Blue Waters Symposium.

December 7th, 2016

Group Picture time in our lab!
September 25th, 2016

Summer Intern Nikhil Sethia’s (IIT Delhi) Post on his experiences in Shukla Group.

September 25th, 2016

Prof. Shukla’s talk on “Molecular Models of Nitrate Transport in Plants” at Plants in silico Symposium, 2016.

September 25th, 2016

Talk by Graduate Student Alex Moffett at 2016 Blue Waters Symposium at Sunriver Resort, Oregon.

December 21st, 2015

Research Talk by Prof. Shukla (CSE Seminar Series, Fall 2015)

October 22nd, 2015

Teaching kids about protein structure and function at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy

July 20th, 2015

Research talk by Diwakar (Blue Waters Symposium, Jun 2015)

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July 17th, 2015

Plants in silico: a multi-scale modeling platform

July 13th, 2015

Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering & Sciences (GAMES) camp, 2015.

May 30th, 2014

Central themes of our research group