Sneha Prabha Narra received her B.E. in civil engineering in 2012 from Osmania University, M.S. in computational mechanics in 2013, M.S. in mechanical engineering in 2015, and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 2017 from Carnegie Mellon University. She then completed her postdoctoral training at the NextManufacturing Center at Carnegie Mellon University. She subsequently joined the mechanical engineering department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) as an assistant professor in Fall 2018. She spent three years at WPI prior to joining the CMU Mechanical Engineering Department in July 2021.

She runs the EMIT (Engineering MaterIals for Transformative technologies) lab at CMU, which primarily focuses on advancing metal additive manufacturing knowledge to manufacture light-weight organic designs and utilize novel, advanced materials. At a scientific level, her research group studies the fundamentals of additive manufacturing processes, investigates the resulting material microstructure and properties, and develops process design paradigms. The group’s mission is to lower the carbon footprint, primarily in aerospace, automobile, and energy industries. This will be achieved either through reduced material and/or operational usage or through enabling transformative technologies such as nuclear fusion and high-efficiency turbine systems. Sneha’s research on metal additive manufacturing currently receives support from NASA and DOD through collaborative projects.

As an instructor, Narra’s goal is to help her students learn effectively in a comfortable environment and spark interest in them to explore outside the classroom. To meet this goal, she adopts a teaching philosophy that builds on creating an inclusive learning environment, active participation from students, learning through real-world examples and demonstrations, and assessment techniques optimized for long-term retention and exploration. Outside the classroom, Narra is passionate about mentoring women in engineering. Specifically, she participates in outreach activities, educates students about professional development opportunities, and provides opportunities to conduct research in interdisciplinary topics. 

She is currently serving as the Associate Editor of the Additive Manufacturing journal and plays an active role in organizing AM symposia and workshops through the TMS Additive Manufacturing bridge committee.

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2017 Ph.D, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

2015 M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

2013 M.S., Computational Mechanics, Carnegie Mellon University

2012 B.E., Civil Engineering, Osmania University