Leela M. R. Arava is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Wayne State University. He received his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He conducted his postdoctoral research at University of Pittsburgh and Rice University. He then spent a year as a research scientist at Rice University. In fall 2013, he joined Wayne State University as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and promoted to Associate professor 2018. Dr. Arava’s Research Group is interested in fundamental electrochemical principles underlying in energy systems such as batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells. His group focused on designing variety of nanomaterials and understands their transport phenomena, electrode kinetics, electrocatalytic activity, and thermal and electrochemical stabilities under extreme environments. His diverse activities in terms of applications include developing high energy and safe batteries for electric vehicles, micro-batteries to power micro-sensors, and flexible hybrid energy devices for wearable assistive technologies. Dr. Arava has published 90 peer-reviewed international journals papers, 2 book chapters, 8 patents and delivered more than 50 invited talks and seminars in academia and industry. His research has been citied more than 8500 times and has h-index of 42.