My name is Vaibhav Sharma. I have done my bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (M.E.) from Kurukshetra University (India). During this period, I have completed two internships – one at Mahindra and Mahindra Limited (India) and another at Chottu Ram Thermal Plant (India). Presently, I am a Ph.D. student in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering program at
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). In the Advanced Material Processing Laboratory, I
work as a graduate research assistant where I study and characterize multifunctional magnetic
materials. Going forward, I am interested in pursuing projects centered on additive manufacturing of magnets.
In addition to my studies, I enjoy watching movies, listening to music, going new places, going
to gym to work out and swimming. I also enjoy exploring and learning the functioning and
characteristics of different cars models.
James Zecchini is a rising senior from Virginia Beach, Virginia pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics at Virginia Military Institute. While at VCU, he is researching additive manufacturing of magnetocaloric regenerators for thermomagnetic energy harvesting devices under Dr. Radhika Barua.
Jordan Jennings is a current senior at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in Richmond, Virginia. She is a fellow in the Dean’s Early Research Initiative (DERI) program and conducts research under Dr. Radhika Barua, an assistant professor within the VCU Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department, alongside two graduate students. Their research involves the design of magnetic materials, as well as their characterizations and syntheses. Jordan hopes to earn her M.S. in mechanical engineering and go on to work for the Navy. When she isn’t glued
to her computer screen doing work, she enjoys volunteering at the Science Museum of Virginia and attending her local youth group. She can be contacted at or firstname.lastname@example.org.