Our People

Krishna Rajan, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Erich Bloch Chair and Empire Innovation Professor

Message from the Chair

Welcome to MDI! The Department of Materials Design and Innovation (MDI) at the University at Buffalo is the first department in the nation conceived and established entirely for training a new generation of scientists and engineers in the methods of data driven materials discovery and design.

Our distinguished faculty are pioneering new methods in materials discovery to accelerate innovation by harnessing the tools of information science to experimental and theoretical studies of materials science and engineering. The department is committed to accelerating science-based solutions to solve pressing societal problems such as climate change and environmental sustainability.

We seek and enroll high achieving students from all backgrounds of science and engineering who are motivated to rapidly advance innovation in materials science that enhance human and social capital.


Laboratory Directors

Shared Instrumentation Laboratories

Biodesign Core Facility


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Margaret Poniatowski

Director of Administration

Department of Materials Design and Innovation

120 Bonner Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4351

Email: mmp28@buffalo.edu

Research Staff and Visiting Scholars

Ruhil Dongol, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate

Deepesh Giri, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate

Arpan Mukherjee, PhD,
Research Scientist

Logan Williams, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate

Eric Osei-Agyemang, PhD
MDI Distinguished Research Fellow

MDI Industry Scholar Residence Program

Kaito Miyamoto, PhD
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America