Venkat Manga is Assistant Research Professor in the Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering. He obtained his undergraduate and masters degrees in metallurgical engineering from India. He earned his PhD from Max-Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart, Germany. His reseach focuses on first-principles based investigation of thermodynamics and kinetics of materials with an emphasis on predictive modeling and simulations for alloy design. By employing first-principles and molecular dynamics methods in conjunction with modeling approaches, e.g., CALPHAD and SCMF, his research predicts phase diagrams, defect chemistry, and transport properties. He is using a theory-based approach toward understanding thermodynamic properties of refractory materials in calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions in meteorites.